When you have just had a piercing it can be nerve-wracking trying to figure out what you can and can’t do. This can be especially daunting if your piercing happens to be in a place where clothes will be rubbing it.
A belly button piercing looks wonderful, and is one most common piercings in the world. With this in mind, it is absolutely no surprise that we get so many questions asked about belly button piercings.
In this article, we are going to be answering all of your belly button piercing related questions and queries once and for all. So, if you have a newly pierced belly button piercing, or you have been thinking about getting one and need some questions answered, then this is the article for you
Can I work out if I just got my bellybutton pierced?
It is not recommended that you work out immediately after you get your belly button pierced. You should wait for at least a few days, and perhaps much longer before you resume any of your usual workout routines.
The reasons for this are many. Most importantly, after you have had a piercing, your body is particularly vulnerable. Think of it this way, you just got your skin stabbed with a huge needle and attached a hunk of metal.
As small as a belly button piercing is, it is still a wound, and it would have still caused quite a bit of stress to your body. For this reason it is advisable to take it easy for a few days following the piercing.
As well as the fact that your body has gone through an ordeal, it is also advisable to avoid getting your piercing excessively sweaty and gross, especially in those crucial first few weeks.
In fact, it can take months for your belly button to heal properly, and for the whole of the healing process you need to take extreme care to make sure that it is kept totally clean.
Exercising, of course, causes sweat, and if you do not shower immediately, that sweat stays on your body for a long time, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria that has the potential to infect the site of your piercing.
As well as this, exercising involves lots of movement, and often lots of stretching and bending. Partner this with the friction of your clothes on the piercing and you could have a recipe for disaster. In those early days of having a piercing, it is important not to move it around too much, so that it has a chance to heal properly. It is also very sore, and any rubbing of the area can be especially painful. It remains sensitive and prone to bleeding for a long while afterwards, and so it is sensible to avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks.
Gently ease yourself back into exercise after your piercing, listening to your body the whole time. You can exercise after the initial few days is over, but be sensible about it, and avoid excessive friction.
What should I wear to get my bellybutton pierced?
Deciding what to wear when you get your bellybutton pierced can be daunting. The most important thing to bear in mind is the fact that you should be comfortable. Do not wear anything that is going to make you feel more uncomfortable when you are probably already nervous about getting pierced.
Of course, you will need to expose your stomach, and so it is advisable to wear clothes that allow you to access it easily. Wearing a dress, for example, would mean having to lift up your entire bottom half, exposing your undies. So, this is probably not going to be the best choice. On the other hand, a comfortable loose tee with some low waisted sweats or jeans is a great option because you can simply lift up your shirt to expose the navel.
Loose shirts and upper body wear are also more preferable because they reduce friction on the newly pierced area. As nice as your skin tight bodysuit may be with those jeans, it will not feel nice on your freshly wounded skin!
Am I too fat to get my bellybutton pierced?
NO! There is no such thing as being too fat for a belly button piercing. Do not let anyone tell you that belly button piercings only look good on people with a flat stomach! There is no reason why you should avoid getting a belly button piercing because of your weight.
The process and aftercare will be exactly the same, no matter what size you are. You will still get a choice of cute jewelry, and you will still have the same equipment used. Worst case scenario, you may have to get slightly bigger jewelry if your belly button is bigger, just so it sits where it is meant to, but that is easily done!
However, what we do what to draw your attention to is the fact that having loose skin or a roll of skin or fat that hangs over your belly button may affect it. Anything that will cause friction on the piercing has the potential to cause infections and other issues.
With this in mind, fat rolls, and excess skin may cause an issue. However, a properly trained piercer will be able to tell you for sure based on your body type. There are no hard and fast rules about what your belly should look like, and a professional piercer will be able to advise you accordingly, and more importantly, non-judgmentally! Never, ever work with a piercer who is not qualified or says you are too fat for a piercing. Likewise, if any piercing makes you feel bad in any way about your body, leave immediately! You can report them to their manager if applicable, and you can give them a bad review. A truly professional piercer should treat people the same, regardless of their weight.