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Navel piercing (aka. Mommy's ouchy belly)

I decided to treat myself to something I've wanted for several years – a pierced navel. So, for my 30th birthday, in January 2008, that's what I did. After researching several shops, I decided on Tribal Rites, which is fairly close to my house in case I needed to ask questions, purchase jewelry, or receive assistance. Since then, I've done all three!

My husband initially asked, "Why do you want to do this?" To which I replied, "It's something I've been wanting, and I think it's sexy! Plus, I can't decide on another tattoo, so I want a piercing." He agreed – what a smart man! But I digress.

I went in around 7:30 or 8pm on a Monday, not having an appointment, but I just walked right in. The studio was quiet, and the atmosphere was that of your typical piercing and tattoo shop – artwork and "flash" on the walls, a welcoming sitting area, clothing and merchandise for sale, etc. When we walked in, we were immediately welcomed by Jeanne (my piercer) and the other tattoo artist in the studio. Jeanne immediately made me feel comfortable as we talked about just what I wanted done and why. She thought it was a great present to myself and said as much, and she even recommended the best type of jewelry for a mom with a toddler – a stainless steel curved barbell – because in her experience they don't get as knocked around as a captive bead ring. She even let my husband and our two year old daughter come into the room to watch – which surprised the heck out of me! She even kept chatting with my daughter throughout the procedure. Jeanne had SUCH a calming presence that I immediately thought, "If I get any more piercings, SHE's the one to do them." I also found out that Jeanne plays a dual role as both piercer and tattoo artist. She said that has been piercing for roughly ten years and was a registered nurse (RN) before becoming a piercer, so I felt even MORE comfortable in her capable hands.

The process itself was quicker and, for me, less painful initially. I honestly think we were in and out of the studio in less than fifteen minutes. Once we went back to the piercing room, I found that Jeanne had autoclaved the piercing and was pulling on her gloves. She then had me pull up my shirt and drop the waistband of my jeans a touch so she could see my navel. After having a child, I was worried that the navel piercing wouldn't look quite right on a no-longer-toned belly, but Jeanne reassured me that women of all walks of life and sizes come in for piercings, and that the best way to accent your new jewelry, if you're really worried about a specific body part, is to work on the area that you just had pierced. Great advice!

After marking the area where the piercing would go, Jeanne had me look to make sure it was where I wanted it, to which I said yes. Then, she had me lay back on the chair where she clamped the skin of my belly. What a weird feeling! She told me to take a deep breath in and out, then again. As I breathed in the second time, she poked the needle through my flesh, and then quickly followed up with the curved barbell. I lay back calming myself with my breathing and felt the adrenaline rush through my body as I thought, "wow, I've got a new hole in my bod!" Throughout the quick procedure, my daughter kept watching Jeanne and myself very intently and was curious as to what was going on. Once I was finished, my daughter cracked me up by saying, "Mommy, ouchy belly!" This is what she still calls my piercing.

After calming down – which only took a moment or two – I sat up and re-adjusted my clothing. Jeanne went over the cleaning rituals and the "do's and don'ts" of a new piercing. She handed me a pamphlet which explained what she had just said; I think this was great because with the adrenaline rush and the new experience, I probably wouldn't have remembered half of what she said! I walked back out front of the shop and purchased the Satin soap to help clean my new piercing and also paid for Jeanne's services with a generous tip.

The first night, the piercing wasn't that tender, but a few days later it was. I have had no problems with sleeping in my belly, like others have experienced. However, I HAVE had it get caught in my button down shirts or snag in a sweater – that's the weirdest feeling, but semi painful as well. It is healing slowly, but it's what I expected with a foreign object through my body! I was (and still am) very religious about cleaning it just twice a day – once during my morning shower with Satin, and once at night where I use an inverted shot glass with warmed up Wound Wash saline solution to soak off the daily crusties. I haven't used any oils (Emu or Jojoba) on my piercing as of yet, but I may try once it heals further.

I have just changed the jewelry for the first time, and I tried a titanium bananabell, but my body did not like it – my top hole was very irritated – so I went back to the original curved barbell. I am VERY happy with my "ouchy belly", and Jeanne's services!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 29 May 2008
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Jeanne
Studio: Tribal+Rites+Tattoo+%26+Piercing
Location: Thornton%2C+CO

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