Got a bellybutton ring? Find out whether it should stay or go as your belly expands.


Britney Spears brought the bellybutton ring into vogue for an entire generation. But when the pop star’s famous navel began to expand during her pregnancy, she quickly uncorked that fashion statement. Suzanne LaJoie, M.D., a New York City obstetrician, explains that while a navel ring can’t harm the fetus, it probably will become uncomfortable as your bellybutton starts to protrude. When it begins to feel tight or you experience a pulling sensation, either remove it or insert a larger ring. — NICOLE CACCAVO KEAR