3rd Trimester

Waxing vs. Going Natural

I am 36 weeks along and trying to decide whether waxing or shaving in preparation for labor is a good idea or worth bothering about. Any thoughts?

Re: Waxing vs. Going Natural

  • I'm going to shave. Don't need it looking like a jungle down there! Embarrassed
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  • There is no medical advantage for shaving or waxing (which is why the practice was discontinued in hospitals when you have a vaginal birth). I think you should do what ever you feel most comfortable with. If you are bothered by the hair or the idea of someone else seeing the hair then remove it. Otherwise I am certain your doctors and nurses have seen it all.
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  • I honestly don't see the point to this.
  • I bought a hand held mirror so I could keep shaving even though I cant see. Hair bugs me, so I could never go natural.
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  • I might trim it a bit in a few weeks but nothing major.   
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  • If I can't see it, I'm not shaving it, or waxing for that matter (plus I hear waxing hurts more when you're pg). I'm giving a slight trim and that's about it. I am however looking forward to my first waxing after the baby arrives.
  • You do whatever you're comfortable with- screw anyone that gets judgy about a private hairdo.

    BUT- you will have a SERIOUS bloody mess down there, during labor and for weeks after- so, if your natural 'do is pretty wild- you will probably want to keep it trim. Waxing can be EXTRA painful when you're pregnant, though- so prepare for that, if it's what you choose.

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  • Natural like normal. I do my bikini line in summer. Way too much irritation otherwise. I figure I am going to have enough ouchies.
    If you are used to waxing or shaving and it doesn't bother you go for whatever makes you happy.
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  • I have been shaving and will continue.  I would not shave if you never have because it can be really irritating at first until your skin is used to the feel.  Waxing hurts more than ever right now - I get my eyebrows and lip - and I dread it everytime - lip much more than eyebrows.  If you are unsure I would do nothing or maybe some trimming.  Personally, I like nothing down there (year round), but that is just me!
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  • i would stick with a neat trim if you really care that much.  you reallllllly don't want to deal with itchy stubble when you are a bloody healing mess.

    and the last thing your dr, your nurses, or YOU will care about is the state of your pubic hair.

  • Thank you ladies. This is really helpful. I didn't know waxing hurt more while pregnant. I am already going thru the pressure in my pelvic bone right about now, so it looks like I will forgo waxing. . . .don't need to add to the suffering.

    I have been trimming so I will keep on doing that and then plan for a full shave as it gets closer to the day. I figured with all the work that is done down there, it's just easier without hair getting in the way, specially with the bloody days that follow Tongue Tied

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    I figured with all the work that is done down there, it's just easier without hair getting in the way, specially with the bloody days that follow Tongue Tied

    weeks.

    and really, hair doesn't get in the way of anything.  unless yours is 12 inches long or something?

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    i would stick with a neat trim if you really care that much.  you reallllllly don't want to deal with itchy stubble when you are a bloody healing mess.

    and the last thing your dr, your nurses, or YOU will care about is the state of your pubic hair.

    Amen to this! I plan to trim but I'm not going to shave and be all itchy. And I don't want to spend money on a wax.

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  • This makes me laugh. I remember this being asked on 1st tri and people had a fit at the thought of not being groomed as normal. The Horrors! of not shaving or waxingStick out tongue
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  • I have continued to wax during my pregnancy and honestly, it doesn't hurt much more at all. You bleed more, of course, but that is all that I have experienced that was different.

  • my doctor told me not shave.  if you accidentally cut some skin, it can lead to infection during or after birth.  so i would say trim carefully, but don't do anything too crazy.
  • I just waxed this weekend because I couldn't take it anymore.  I just did a regular bikini wax and then the waxer lady trimmed everything super short for me so I wouldn't have such a mess to deal with post birth.  She just had a baby 12 mos ago and said it made post birth cleanups a lot easier.  I didn't  notice that the wax hurt anymore than usual but the place I go gives you some lidocaine numbing spray and I did not get a brazilian (I think that would be too painful).  I would shave though, too much risk of razor burn or cuts for me. 
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