Entertainment Fashion & Style What You Should Know Before Getting a Belly Button Piercing Share PINTEREST Email Print Pascal Genest/Vetta/Getty Images Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Karen L. Hudson Contributing Writer Karen L. Hudson is a tattoo artist and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Karen L. Hudson Updated May 16, 2019 Belly button piercings can be downright sexy, but they can also be problematic. As with any type of body modification, it's wise to do your research and educate yourself as much as possible before making a decision. Considerations Before Getting a Belly Button Piercing If you're thinking about getting your belly button pierced, there are several things you need to consider first. Your lifestyle: People who are extremely active in sports will build up more sweat in their navels, which has to be cleaned out immediately afterward. A lot of bending, twisting, and movement in the navel area could make healing more difficult.Your clothing: If you wear clothing with any kind of band that cuts across your midsection, there's a good chance it's going to rub against your navel area and cause a lot of irritation.Your size: Overweight people can get this piercing if they want, but it's not recommended if your navel becomes covered over by skin and fat when you sit. That can suffocate the piercing and build up more sweat, which makes healing more difficult and is a breeding ground for bacteria.Your personal hygiene: If spending 15 minutes twice a day cleaning out your navel and another 10 minutes a day doing a sea salt soak sounds like too much trouble, then don't get it pierced. All piercing aftercare is important, but the navel is especially important because a small infection can get very bad very quickly. You have to be diligent, every day for at least 3 or 4 months, sometimes longer. Navel piercings are tricky to heal, even if you do everything right, and they're highly prone to migration and rejection. Just the nature of the belly button to harbor bacteria and provide it with a moist, dark environment sets a stage for problems from the start. Being careful not to bend and stretch that area when it is your body's primary source of movement is easier said than done. Recommended starter jewelry is a curved barbell (banana bell) no less than 14 gauge. Anything smaller will encourage migration even more. Both innies and outies can be pierced, but this piercing requires special skill by an experienced piercer.