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When the Belly Passes the Boobs - Pregnancy Update #29

I've had my belly button pierced since I was 19. I pierced it while in college, the spring of 1999 to be exact, and it seemed like my friends and I were at the tattoo shop once a week with another girl who wanted to get her navel pierced. Our friend Jaime already had one, so I'm not sure which one of us "started" the trend. I recall holding my friend Tiki's hand because she was horrified of the needle. She actually said while in the chair, ready to be pierced, that she didn't want to do it and began to cry. In the end, she handled the pain and pierced her navel. My dorm neighbor Marta got one, too. And I was in the list of girls as well. Of course back then, my 19 year-old belly looked much better than it does now or pre-pregnancy.

When I became pregnant, I figured the belly ring "had to go" but I wasn't ready to let go of my last piece of youth. I did turn 30 this year and was taking it well, but thinking back, this navel ring had been with me for 11 years...that's a long time! My doctor said eventually I will want to take it out because it won't feel good and that some women put some sort of plastic post in there instead. So I made a decision: When my belly passes my boobs, I'll take it out.

This means, when I stand tall and look down, and can see my belly protruding beyond my boobs, I'll remove the piercing. (Of course this is when I am fully clothed and wearing a bra. No bra is a whole different story!) So last night, Tuesday, October 6, 2009, I took a deep breath and swallow and began to remove my belly ring. And it wouldn't budge. I couldn't get it to come unscrewed. I asked my husband to help me and he unscrewed it in a half a second. I think I was screwing it the wrong way, making it tighter, possibly wanting to hold on to my youth a little longer. But for now, it's gone.