Belly button piercings are popular and stylish, but like all piercings they require proper care to ensure that they heal well. This piercing takes quite a long time to heal fully, so it is important that you keep it clean. The good news is that as long as you take good care of them, belly button piercings very well. They look gorgeous and allow you to wear eye-catching belly jewellery once the piercing has healed.
How To Care For New Belly Button Piercings
Like most body piercings, the most important thing is to keep your new belly button piercing clean and dry. Clean your piercing twice a day with saline solution and do not touch it too much. Healing times vary from 8 to 18 weeks, but we recommend that you continue to clean your piercing for at least 16 weeks even if it appears healed. During the healing period you should avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water, as this can introduce harmful bacteria. You should also make sure that clothing does not rub the piercing and air it frequently. Alcohol, smoking and poor hygiene will all impede the healing process.
Your belly button piercing should feel increasingly comfortable as it heals. If you experience persistent pain or any unusual symptoms, consult your piercer. You should not change your belly button jewellery until the piercing is fully healed. If you are unsure if your piercing has healed, ask your piercer.
Belly Button Piercing During Pregnancy
Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on belly button piercings so it is important to either remove your piercing, or switch to a suitable pregnancy belly bar. As your belly grows, it puts pressure on the piercing and stretches it. If you were to wear a normal belly bar during pregnancy, the piercing may reject or become embedded. Both are painful and can be dangerous. If you wish to continue to wear belly jewellery, we recommend switching to a long, flexible belly bar, ideally a BioFlex or PTFE bar. With the correct jewellery, belly button piercings do not pose a risk during pregnancy. However, if you are concerned please consult an experienced piercer or doctor.