20 meaningful tattoo ideas for mamas

If you are finding that becoming a mama has you feeling particularly inspired to get inked, here are ideas to help you turn those daydreams into real live body art.


Tattoos are no longer taboo—it's estimated that 46% of people living in the United States have one. I would bet that a significant amount of the other 54% have said at least once, "I mean I'd love a tattoo; I just don't know what to get."

Tattoos have been around for a very long time—mummified remains dating back to 3700 B.C. indicate that getting inked is certainly not a new concept. With gaining popularity and less stigma, more and more people find themselves considering their first (or tenth, ahem) tattoo.

But making the leap can be tricky. Most people want tattoos that really mean something, and making the decision can feel daunting. Enter motherhood, one of the most meaningful experiences we can imagine!

If you are finding that becoming a mama has you feeling particularly inspired to get inked, here are ideas to help you turn those daydreams into real live body art.

1. Simple line drawing

Sometime the more simple art is, the more powerful it becomes. Consider a line drawing that represents your bond with your child.

2. An animal with a story

Do you have an animal-based pet name for your baby? Chances are good that it would also make an adorable tattoo! Plus, your little bumblebee will be thrilled to see their representation on you!

3. Get geographical

Taking some inspiration from Angelina Jolie, a latitude-longitude reminder of where your baby was born marks the place your life changed forever.

4. Your favorite book

That book that you and your little read every night despite having memorized each word would make for some truly unique and adorable ink-inpso.

5. Mandala motivation

Mandala tattoos are popular, and for good reason—the possibilities are endless. We love this motherhood themed mandala, which could be customized to reflect you and your child.

6. Famous artwork

Calling all art history lovers! Do you have a painting that you've always adored? Could that be adapted fit on your body?

7. Fave photo

Did someone capture of a photo of you and your baby in a truly authentic, loving moment? Consider bringing it to a tattoo artist who can use their talents to turn it into an artistic and totally unique drawing.

8. A tribute

If miscarriage or loss has been part of your motherhood journey, a tattoo that serves as a memorial might be a beautiful way to honor your experience.

9. Get natural

The love between a mama and her baby is a pretty universal thing that goes beyond just us humans. You might choose an animal that you connect with, and show her snuggling with her wee-one to represent your and your child.

10. Abstract

When words are hard to find, abstract images that depict pregnancy, nursing, and the hundreds of other mama-things you do may help you get your thoughts into ink.

11. Footprint

Tattoos of baby footprints may be popular, but it's not hard to see why. Bring your kiddo's birth certificate to your artist and they can create a one-of-a-kind piece to represent the babe that has made their mark on you.

12. Get science-y

This inked midwife is totally geeking out over this oxytocin molecule tattoo. Oxytocin is the hormone that makes us have contractions, let down breastmilk, and most importantly, fall in love. It's coursing through our bodies; only makes sense to pay tribute to it on our bodies.

13. Flower power

Each month has its own symbolic flower associated with it, so why not choose your child's birth month flower for your permanent body art? Flowers never go out of style and you can add to your bouquet if you decide to keep growing your family.

14. Let your child design it

We all have those favorite art pieces that fill us with joy every time we see them.

15. Represent your growth

Motherhood changes us forever—we never fully "arrive." A tattoo that represents your evolution into and through motherhood may be your reminder of where you been, as well as the nudge to stay open to all that's to come moving forward.

16. Roar

Mothers are the strongest beings on earth. I love this powerful reminder of strength, protections and beauty. I am mama, hear me roar!

17. Get celestial

A tattoo with your child's zodiac sign is a subtle way to mark the moment that the stars aligned, and your sweet babe came into the world to change your life forever (a la Jessica Alba!).

18. Meaningful words

Tattoos can be a powerful way to remind yourself of the values that matter most to you. Find an artist that specializes in calligraphy, and get your mantra permanently etched where you can see it, every day.

19. Symbolic

The sky is the limit when it comes to tattoos. Even if you don't have a concrete idea yet, think about images or ideas that symbolize what being a mother means to you. If you're artistic, play with how they could work together. If not, don't be afraid to share some ideas a tattoo artist and let them work their magic.

20. Pure. Simple. Mama.

You are, and will always be, mama. So rock your mama-hood with pride.

From experience, I will tell you that a good artist will be very happy to work with you to create the perfect piece for you. Do your research (Instagram is great), ask for references, and don't hesitate to schedule a consultation, even if you don't know what you want yet. And then once you get that ink, own it—and get ready for your next one when the bug hits again (just wait, you'll see 😉).

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    We spoke to Ara Katz, co-founder and co-CEO of Seed, who shared her journey to (and through) motherhood—and gave us the lowdown on how probiotics can benefit mamas and children alike.

    Chances are, you're aware that probiotics can help us digest the food we eat, keep inflammation at bay, synthesize essential vitamins and more. But here's the thing: When it comes to probiotics, there's a lot of misinformation… and because of that, it's hard to know what's actually a probiotic and which is the right one for you.

    That's why we chatted with Ara Katz, who is a mama to son Pax and the co-founder of Seed, a company disrupting the probiotics industry. The entrepreneur told us about her motherhood journey, what led her to start her company and what she wants other parents to know about probiotics.

    Q. What was life like for you before you became a mama?

    I was bi-coastal after co-founding a mobile tech company in New York City with a partner in LA. My life was, for as long as I can remember, consumed by creating and work. I was fairly nomadic, loved to travel, spent many hours reading and practicing yoga, being with friends [and] waking up at the crack of dawn. [I] was fairly sure I would never marry or have children. And then something shifted.

    Q. What were some pivotal moments that defined your journey to motherhood?

    Ha, that makes it sound like motherhood is a destination when at this very moment, more than ever, it evolves daily. I lost my mom when I was 17 and spent most of my life believing I didn't want to be a mother. I had a lot of wiring about its limitations and constraints—I'm sure relics of grief and the fear of loss.

    My journey started with a physiological wanting to be pregnant and have a baby. There was a kind of visceral sense that my body wanted to know what that was like and a strange curiosity that, at least for that period of time, usurped my ambivalence about motherhood.

    Then I had a miscarriage—a beautiful inflection point in my story. I resigned from my company, chose a coast, committed to be more committed to my (then) boyfriend, now husband, and tried again. I got pregnant shortly after that and found pregnancy to be a profound journey within, a reshaping of my life and the tiniest glimpse of how motherhood would unfold.

    In the 55 months since giving birth (and I like to use months because I have learned in the moments that I am most frustrated as a mom that he has only been on this planet for less than 14 fiscal quarters), I have realized and surrendered to a definition of motherhood that is a process. One of cultivating, creating, recreating, shapeshifting, learning, feeling, healing, hurting and experiencing the most potent form of presence I have ever experienced—and an aching, expansive love I didn't know possible—not just for my son, but for all living things.

    Q. How did motherhood change your approach to your career?

    Becoming a mother is certainly a persistent lens on all of my choices, but it was really my miscarriage that recalibrated my path. My pregnancy rekindled my love of biology and health and led me to my co-founder and the microbiome. My breastfeeding experience incepted our first product focus, and the newfound accountability for a human inspired our brand.

    Q. What inspired you to co-found Seed?

    I met my co-founder, Raja, during my pregnancy with Pax. [I] was immediately awestruck by his ability to both deeply understand science and to methodically break down a product, dietary question or piece of advice in a way that's educational (you actually learn something about your body), actionable (you understand what to do with the information) and foundational (you can build on that knowledge in the future to continue to make better choices).

    As we spent more time, our combined passion for microbes, their potential impact on both human health and the environment, and how to set up a child for a healthy life became increasingly clear. And through birth, seeding (the process by which we get our foundational microbes and the inspiration for the name of our company) Pax and my struggles with breastfeeding, my entrepreneurial spirit was lit to build something with Raja. His deep experience in translating science to product, and mine in consumer, community-building and translating through storytelling, culminated in a shared vision to set a new standard in health through bacteria.

    Q. Probiotics have been trending in recent years, but they're nothing new—can you talk a bit about the importance of probiotics?

    Interest in gut health and probiotics increases month by month. However, despite the quickly growing number of "probiotic" supplements, foods and beverages out there, there's still a lot of consumer confusion—particularly around what they are, how they work and why we should take them. Probiotics have been studied extensively across various life stages, body sites and for many benefits. Digestion is an obvious and immediate one (and the primary reason most people currently take probiotics). But other strains have also been studied for skin health, heart health and gut health (including gut immune function and gut barrier integrity). But this doesn't mean that any and all probiotics can do these things—this is the importance of 'strain specificity.' In other words, ensuring that the specific strains in your probiotic have been studied for the benefit you desire is critical.

    Seed Daily Synbiotic


    Seed's Daily Synbiotic is a 24-strain probiotic + prebiotic formulated for whole-body benefits, including gut, skin and heart health.

    Q. How do probiotics play a role in your life?

    I mean, I take them, I develop them and I work with some of the leading scientists from around the world advancing the field—so they play a big role. As for my personal health, I take our Daily Synbiotic daily and my son also takes specific strains for gastrointestinal health and gut immune function. Beyond that, it's the re-orientation around my microbiome that guides many of my choices: how important fiber is, specific compounds like polyphenols found in berries, green tea and other foods, avoiding the use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and antibiotics when not needed, exercise, sleep and time in nature [are] all aspects of our daily life that impact our microbiome and our health.

    Q. What are some misconceptions about probiotics that you would like to set straight?

    There's one main myth on from which all the other stem: that probiotics aren't considered a serious science. On the contrary, it's a field of inquiry that demands incredible rigor and extensive research. And when anything and everything from chocolate to ice cream to fermented food and kombucha to mattresses can call itself "probiotic" due to underregulation in the category, that grossly undermines the science and their potential.

    The term 'probiotic' has a globally-accepted scientific definition that was actually co-authored by our Chief Scientist, Dr. Gregor Reid ,for the United Nations/World Health Organization.

    At Seed, we work to reclaim the term for science, through the development of next-generation probiotics that include clinically validated strains and undergo the most rigorous safety, purity and efficacy testing procedures. Because why would you invite billions of unknown microbes into your body without asking "what's in here, is it the correct dosage that was studied, and has that strain in that amount been studied in human clinical trials to do something beneficial for my body"?

    Q. Can you tell us a little bit about what product you plan to launch next?

    We are developing a pipeline of consumer probiotics to target specific ecosystems of the body and life stages, including a synbiotic for children. Our next product will reflect a unique breakthrough in the field of pediatric probiotics, which we are excited to announce soon.

    This article was sponsored by Seed. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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