Can I keep my belly button ring in during pregnancy?

Q: Do I have to take my belly button ring out now that I'm pregnant?

A: Not right away, but once your belly really starts to pop (by week 20 or so), you'll probably want to remove it. The skin covering your belly begins to stretch, the area around the ring may become irritated and painful, and more prone to infection. If you manage to make it through all 40 weeks with your belly button ring in place, your doctor will likely ask you to remove it before delivery (in case you end up needing a c-section).

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