Originally Posted by umm.hafsah
Ugh! Just wrote a long post and it got lost. To summarize: Thank you so much for the advice. I don't want you to feel I am being stubborn or disregarding your advice, just want to give myself some time to make the right decision but,
i take no offense what so ever, you are right to learn as much as you can
do you know if it is normal this early in pregnancy to feel discomfort from the navel ring or is that likely unrelated? It feels sore like those first few days after getting it pierced even though it looked like it was healing quite well and I never had any problems with it these last few months, barely even felt it there. If it is getting infected, would it likely be obvious and I would know, be redder and more painful?
this can be just from a strong change in hormones in your body, you are going thru a lot chemically right now, it is normal for nearly all piercings that are even the slightest bit unhealed to react to health changes. it is likely at this stage that it is "irritated" not "infected" what the concern is that if it is kept irritated for long duration it is nearly guaranteed to get infected.
I just am afraid of getting it infected and having that affect the baby, would never have worried about it before but now with this sudden soreness around it I'm a bit paranoid, but I don't want to take it out either until I see a doctor because I know that it some people recommend leaving the piercing in so it can drain out. Is this something I can probably wait on to see a doctor in a couple weeks or should I be more concerned?
you do not have to decide right away, waiting a week or so and taking really good care of it is fine. (but be careful over-cleaning is harmful) you are right that if it was infected it is better to deal with the infection with something in it, unless the jewelry is the source of the problem, this is probably not the case for you. a mild skin infection is not putting your baby at risk, a deep one left unchecked or certain types that are hard to get without doing pretty stupid stuff can be, so i would address whatever is the situation.
here are some basic signs that it has turned into an infection
- it is warm to the touch in the direct area
- the fluid coming from it is anything but clear, white or a very very pale yellow, most will dry to a pale translucent honey yellow.
- the fluid smells
- the skin seems to be pulling away from the jewelry, making the opening of the hole look too large for the jewelry.
It IS disappointing to remove it because its been through a lot at the hands of my 1-year-old when I first got it and stayed fine, painless, and straight without issue through all of that and now, just when I was really starting to like it and appreciate it and my son is wearing off on the fascination, I may have to remove it. Of course I will do whatever is best for the baby and health but if it is only a matter of possible discomfort I don't mind waiting and seeing a little while with a pregnancy piercing and giving up and removing it at the first sign of anything not going well.. But if that is not advised then maybe I should not even take the chance. I normally tend to heal REALLY fast though, particularly with skin related stuff. Even though it was a hard physical recovery for other reasons, for example, my c-section scar itself healed super quick so I don't know if that makes a difference (not planning another c-section so no worries about removing the piercing for that) ;).
if it is not infected and you can successfully address the irritation you can take a wait and see attitude. although i have seen very little success with healing a navel while pregnant I'm not going to say it cant be done. there are a few things you can do to increase your chances and I'm happy to talk to you about those. i understand your disappointment. in general i think you are getting advice to remove it because you probably have enough on your place with a toddler and a pregnancy that the time it takes to do the proper care seems like more than you will have. not to mention you have another piercing to take care of already as well.
this like everything else in your health and pregnancy should be of informed choice. i will say right now that the mass amount of doctors do not fully understand the mechanics of healing something with jewelry in it since that is not the wound care they learned and their prejudice will us ally causes them to give bad advice. i know when i owned my shop i cherished the very very few doctors that i have formed relationships with that were open to helping our my clients in the few times they were needed.