To suggest that wearing jewelry during pregnancy is an unsafe option is rather extreme. However it must be said that hormonal changes during pregnancy can impact how the body reacts to everyday items, including some metals used to make jewelry. The most common metals in jewelry include gold, silver, platinum and stainless steel. While most women will have no skin reactions at all, others may find that rings and necklaces start to cause irritations.
Swelling of the hands
The only other concern worth noting regarding the wearing of jewelry during pregnancy is in relation to fluid retention. Pregnant women can swell up overnight. Fingers, toes and even feet can start to retain fluid. This can mean that rings may no longer fit which is a cause for concern if jewelry is not removed before swelling reaches the point where rings cannot be easily removed.
If you have body piercings these are generally fine to remain in place for the duration of the pregnancy. It is worth noting however that belly button jewelry may need to be removed during early pregnancy so to avoid any issues that may present whilst your belly is expanding.
Nipple piercings should probably be removed after birth to allow your baby to latch better for breastfeeding and also you’ll want to ensure that there is no risk to the baby accidentally swallowing anything by accident.
For more details on wearing jewelry during labor or a c-section, visit our guide here.
It is of course perfectly safe to dress up and wear all sorts of jewels, necklaces, bracelets and bangles as accessories during your pregnancy. Costume jewelry is fun, adds a touch of personality and can help dress up, or down, your maternity outfit. Go for it!