Can I get a tattoo before becoming a gestational carrier?

Surrogacy-Quote-35I am thinking about becoming a gestational carrier for my aunt. I have 2 childern, and am still nursing my son, my youngest. I have my oldests footprint on the top of my left foot and want to get my youngest on my other foot. I plan to nurse for 2 more months and I was told I have to wait 3 months after stopping nursing to begin all of the testing. So my question is, do you think it would be ok if I got my son’s footprint before I became a surrogate, sometime during the 3 month period? I’ve heard you have to wait 6 months to a year to donate blood after getting a tattoo, is it the same with becoming pregnant? I am ok putting it off until after having the baby, but of course I would rather do it sooner rather than later. What do you think?

Reply by Rayven

Most surrogacy applications ask if you have had a tattoo within the last year. This is not to “become pregnant” it is a silly rule required by clinics when it comes to disease, such as AIDS. (Even though we know that tattoo artists use new needles, etc. ) I myself am a tattoo’d mom, and have put off getting another tattoo until my surrogacy days are done.

I would wait. The last think you want is to find that you cannot be a surrogate mother for your aunt simply because you got inked. There will be time to do it after the surrogate baby is born.

Best wishes!

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