I wasn't planning on taking mine out at all - i had it in for about 7 months or so but being just the curved bar & my belly stretching it started getting very sore & irritated.
Hubby told me to take it out & thankfull i did when he said to coz there is now a scar where the bar sat at the top hole, the whole area is still very red & if it is knocked even slightly it hurts.
I would take it out sooner rather than later coz when i did take mine out it was very infected, very red & made it difficult to remove. Hubby just said he would get it repierced for me if i wanted after bub so that's ok (only 2 1/2 weeks to go now) but once it was out my belly button popped out as well so i guess it also depends on how big you're getting.
It really is up to you but if you find yourself bigger than you expected (everyone was asking to make sure i only had the 1 baby in there - i grew very quickly) i'd recommend taking it just to be safe & either leaving it to close & repiercing later, buying a pregnancy one that is a lot longer or doing what i have been doing & pushing the old ring through the hole every so often just to keep it open & cleaning it out but leaving the ring out until after bub arrives.
Kel, SA, Mum to Lillian Rose - 06/06/06