Losing a child is one of the most heartbreaking experiences a mother can go through. Dealing with the pain from pregnancy loss can be an incredibly difficult process, and many mothers often look for ways to cope with their grief. One way that has become increasingly popular is through tattoos. Tattoos that commemorate pregnancy loss have become a meaningful way for mothers to remember and honor their children who were taken far too soon.
We have compiled a list of 25 tattoos that have encouraged mothers through pregnancy loss. Each tattoo has its own unique design and meaning, but they all share the common thread of offering comfort, hope, and healing for those who have experienced the loss of a child. We hope that these tattoos inspire and bring solace to mothers who are going through this difficult journey.
Love Is Forever
This gorgeous flower tattoo has a stem that reads “love you forever.” It’s so delicate and breathtaking.
Love for Baby
With a heart drawn by her husband, this person has memorialized their little one with the simple word, “baby.” It’s a powerful design that will act as a heartfelt reminder for years and years to come.
The person who shared this image of their miscarriage tattoo, also shared a poem:
“I imagine your smile would’ve been as beautiful as a sunrise, and there is this peace that comes when I see it shine. You are safe where you are, and you will always have my love. So fly free and I will search for you in the skies above.” -Poet Seeds – by S. Marie
Embracing an Angel
Tattoos with a baby depicted as an angel are extremely popular as you might imagine. This is the first one of these tattoos we will share with you but there will be more if you feel a connection to this idea.
“March was supposed to be your birth month,” the person who shared this tattoo writes. “Instead, I got your birth month flower tattooed to remind me of how excited we were when we saw those two pink lines for the very first time. Nobody can take that joy away from us.”
Incredibly Popular Design
This design is extremely popular among miscarriage tattoos. An angelic baby is cradled in a mother’s arms. We saw it dozens of times and it’s easy to understand why so many parents feel drawn to it.
Small Tattoo, Huge Love
“When something so small means so much,” the person who shared this tattoo writes. “You’ll be with me forever.”
A baby’s hand holding mom’s is another popular motif among miscarriage tattoos. It symbolizes the deep connection parents feel for the ones they lost even after they are gone. That love will always be there.
“Sometimes there are those sweet little angels who can’t physically stay with us,” writes the tattoo artist who completed this angelic design. “This got a permanent spot on K.’s arm.”
A Couple Grieves Together
A couple shared their feelings about their matching miscarriage tattoos:
“The worst pain I’ve ever felt was losing you???? after seeing your heartbeat at 7 weeks I didn’t want to accept the results I received a few weeks later that you were gone???? I became that 1-5% of pregnancies that result in a silent miscarriage???? It still hurts & I still cry at nights but I will always carry you in my heart. This tattoo is in memory of you to help me cope with the pain, our way to grieve, even though you were so small you were so loved & wanted. You will forever be my baby, my favorite what if & we will forever love you!”
After Two Losses
“My first ever tattoo for my 2 pregnancy losses,” the person who shared this image writes. “The tattoo artist designed this for me and I love it.”
A Delicate Touch
“Carried for a moment, loved for a lifetime,” the tattoo artist shared. This incredibly delicate design features fine lines and a gentle floral accent. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Little Bumble Bee
“Did a memorial piece for a daughter that they lost,” the tattoo artist for this tattoo writes. “It’s always so touching to get to do these type of pieces. The pain of going through a miscarriage is unimaginable. But, I am happy to get to give back by doing this tattoo in memory of his little bumble bee.”
If you are looking for understated tattoos, consider getting flowers that hold a special meaning to you. These can be the baby’s birth flower or another one that has symbolic power that resonated with you.
Tell Your Story
“We are part of the 1 in eight couples that have struggled with infertility,” this beautiful soul writes. She continued:
“I’m a 4-time miscarriage survivor and in 2019, I decided to get a tattoo in honor of our four angel babies. That’s what’s so insidious about recurrent pregnancy loss. It’s so painful — yet it can make women (and their partners) feel such a loss is invisible. Whenever I look down at the inside of my wrist, it’s a tangible reminder. Not only of what we’ve survived, but also what it’s taken to get us to this beautiful harvest that will soon yield Our Little Penguin. I never want to forget or take our little miracle for granted!”
This person is actually getting an entire tattoo sleeve to memorialize their baby. We find a broken clock that likely stands for the things that did not go as planned. As you have likely ascertained, footprints are an extremely popular choice.
A Rainbow After the Storm
“For my babies lost and my babies to come: to show beautiful things can grow from the darkest of times,” this person writes. “We grow through what we go through.”
“After losing our sweet baby in December 2020, good friends of ours who had also experienced this loss told us to give our Baby a name, that it would help us in our grief,” the person with this tattoo writes. “It’s been almost 2 years and the pain you feel after such a loss never goes away but you learn to push forward and live life with grace and hope for the future.”
The butterflies hold a special meaning for many miscarriage tattoos. “Delphinium sprig with 9 butterflies fluttering around,” the artist writes. “The sprig is her birth flower and the butterflies represent her little ones lost.”
We’ve seen one of these miscarriage awareness ribbons already on this list but let’s take a closer look. The ribbon is typically seen in both pink and blue and this person decided to turn the blue portion into a beautiful feather. These ribbons are popular among miscarriage tattoos and you can take them to new heights by working with your tattoo artist.
For a Baby Named Robin
Miscarriage tattoos that celebrate a baby’s name are excellent ways for folks to tell their story. This robin is absolutely stunning and it represents a baby the parents chose the name Robin for.
A Powerful Symbol
“To any passerby, it’s a colorful hummingbird,” this person shared. “But just like the hummingbird, who is tiny and appears to be still in midair but actually fluttering its wings so fast you just cannot see them, this tattoo holds more than what you see at first glance. This hummingbird is holding a tiny daisy, the flower of the month of April.”
“I love memorial tattoos that are more than just a name and date,” they continued. “Symbols and imagery can mean so much to those left behind without their loved one.”
Straight Through the Heart
“A dagger to my heart, losing my son at 15 weeks pregnant, I can not wait to embrace him in heaven,” this person shared of their miscarriage tattoo. She had chosen the name Wyatt.
“I miss you little bug,” this person writes. “Even tho you weren’t around for long i have never felt such a love.”
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Fine lines and sparingly applied color makes this miscarriage tattoo as poetic as it is powerful. If you’d like a design that features a mother holding her baby, consider working with your tattoo artist to create something singular that’s a special fit for you. Let it tell your unique story.
These 25 tattoos are a testament to the strength and resilience of mothers who have faced the pain of pregnancy loss. They remind us that even in our darkest moments, there is always hope for healing and a brighter tomorrow. Whether it’s a small symbol or an intricate design, each tattoo carries a powerful message of love and remembrance.
We hope that these tattoos provide comfort and encouragement to those who have experienced the loss of a child, and that they serve as a reminder that they are not alone.
For even more ink inspiration, keep reading. We have beautiful RIP tattoos to share with you as well.
Always in My Heart
Although a touch morbid, this beautiful RIP tattoo includes the message “always in my heart.” Dates are also popular inclusions among memorial tattoo designs.
Another popular motif among RIP tattoos are initials or a name with angel wings. If you like the thought of your loved one in heaven, go with wings as a sweet reminder.
How gorgeous is this black rose RIP tattoo with a candle coming from it? We love this idea and it is not overly done so it would be a unique choice.
For a Furry Friend
Pet portraits are also extremely beloved among RIP tattoos. After all, pets are part of the family. This one has a charming watercolor effect.
For the Watchmaker
“RIP Watchmaker,” this meaningful RIP tattoo says. The clock appears broken but this tattoo will stand the test of time.
At the Pearly Gates
Another popular style of RIP tattoo is of the gates to heaven. This one paints a beautiful picture with an entire scene that forms a narrative.
A Sneaker for Chance
Here’s a unique RIP tattoo that includes a shoe for a beloved sneaker-head. Again, we find the watercolor effect here that adds to much movement and beauty.
A Simple Message
“Grandma I miss you,” this RIP tattoo that’s been made to look like a text message says. This design also acts as a reminder for others to speak to their grandparents more often. They’re not here forever.
Crosses Are Very Popular
Crosses in all fashions are wildly popular among RIP tattoos. This one has some tiny initials worked into the design for even more meaning.
We have seen a bunch of small initials thus far, but you can go big with them for a dramatic piece. As we mentioned, wings are a popular accompaniment.
A Sweet Sentiment
“You were my favorite hello and hardest goodbye,” this tender RIP tattoo reads. It is accompanied by meaningful imagery and a take on a family photo.
Portraits Are Also Popular
As you might have guessed, portrait RIP tattoos are wildly popular. A word of caution: not every tattoo artist is great at them so do your homework before committing to a portrait.
You’ve seen a cat and now it’s time for an RIP tattoo of a cute dog. We love the addition of the halo here that really helps sweeten things up.
Lighthouses are popular imagery as they symbolize hope, direction, and purpose. This person has gotten one with “Dad” emblazoned on it for good measure.
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Tombstones are also common among RIP tattoos and you can get creative with what it says. It can be as simple as a name and dates or it can convey another message.
A Gentle Reminder
When grieving, it can be difficult to understand the reason behind your loss. Things are simply out of our control. A gentle reminder like “everything happens for a reason” could be the right RIP tattoo idea for you.
A Promise Worth Keeping
“‘l’ll be seeing you,” this RIP tattoo says in blue ink. If you’re not married to black, try one of your loved one’s favorite colors for the design.
A Rose for Granny
Here we find a beautiful rose with the name Granny formed from the stem. This is a really popular style of design and it can be adapted to make it even more sentimental.
A Landscape of Love
How cool is this landscape tattoo? We love the initials in the cowboy hat. Think outside the box with your RIP tattoo and you won’t regret it.
Wish You Were Here
“Wish you were here,” this tombstone says. You get to make the rules with your RIP tattoo so your design can have a sense of humor if you want it to.
For a Dad Who Loved to Fish
Here’s a happy rainbow trout for this person who had a dad who lived to fish. Imagery that evokes memories shared with your loved one should be considered. Think of their hobbies and passions and turn them into a RIP tattoo.
For a Mom Who Loved to Sew
How darling is this?We find a spool of thread with a need that’s formed a heart. If your loved one loved to sew, you know what to do!
We love the idea behind these memorial stamps that contain favorite flowers and dates. This is another idea that can be adapted to match the person you are memorializing.
Here’s one of our favorite RIP tattoos because it contains so much color and movement. Anything goes so swing for the fences with your tattoo idea and let your artist realize your vision.
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Family photo RIP tattoos are fairly popular today and we like this simple line style that most artists are going to be able to nail. Choose your favorite photo of your loved one, and let the artist recreate it for you.
We hope that these 25 RIP tattoo ideas have provided you with some inspiration as you pay tribute to the memory of a loved one. Losing someone close to you is never easy, but finding ways to keep their memory alive can be a comforting and healing process. Whether you choose an image that symbolizes their personality, a quote that represents their wisdom, or a portrait that captures their likeness, we’re sure that your tattoo will be a tribute to their life and an important part of your healing journey.
- 1 Love Is Forever
- 2 Love for Baby
- 3 Poetic
- 4 Embracing an Angel
- 5 Birth Flower
- 6 Incredibly Popular Design
- 7 Small Tattoo, Huge Love
- 8 A Comfort
- 9 Forever Angel
- 10 A Couple Grieves Together
- 11 After Two Losses
- 12 A Delicate Touch
- 13 Little Bumble Bee
- 14 Powerful Flowers
- 15 Tell Your Story
- 16 Broken Clock
- 17 A Rainbow After the Storm
- 18 For Max
- 19 Beautiful Butterflies
- 20 Awareness Ribbon
- 21 For a Baby Named Robin
- 22 A Powerful Symbol
- 23 Straight Through the Heart
- 24 Little Bug
- 25 A Stunner
- 26 Always in My Heart
- 27 Wings
- 28 Candle Vigil
- 29 For a Furry Friend
- 30 For the Watchmaker
- 31 At the Pearly Gates
- 32 A Sneaker for Chance
- 33 A Simple Message
- 34 Crosses Are Very Popular
- 35 Big Initials
- 36 A Sweet Sentiment
- 37 Portraits Are Also Popular
- 38 Angelic Pup
- 39 The Lighthouse
- 40 Tombstone
- 41 A Gentle Reminder
- 42 A Promise Worth Keeping
- 43 A Rose for Granny
- 44 A Landscape of Love
- 45 Wish You Were Here
- 46 For a Dad Who Loved to Fish
- 47 For a Mom Who Loved to Sew
- 48 Memorial Stamps
- 49 Moto Memories
- 50 Family Photo
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