Hair Removal > Do you need to do this before labour?

(37 Posts)
HappyNewMum2Be Sun 17-Aug-08 19:21:17

I normally have a wax or trim, but since becoming larger, haven't bothered, and then physically couldn't reach. I'm not particularly hairy, but thought about having a trim, but since read lots of posts where people mention being shaved in the hospital. Is this a necessity?

What do you guys all recommend?

Thanks in advance

SqueakyPop Sun 17-Aug-08 19:22:26

Not necessary

Shitehawk Sun 17-Aug-08 19:22:27

I wasn't shaved. Don't think it's done routinely these days.

RubySlippers Sun 17-Aug-08 19:22:45

shaved shock

really - not in my hospital

anyhoo, i couldn't see/reach my bits and TBH it was the last thing on my mind

however, i do recommend a pedi - hot pink toenails are great to look at once you can see your toes again grin

hughjarssss Sun 17-Aug-08 19:25:15

Agree with Ruby.

I wouldn't have been able to even if I had wanted to! And, at 9 months, I really didn't want to

spicemonster Sun 17-Aug-08 19:25:22

They shave you with a dry bic if you have a CS so you might want to get your DP to do that for you in advance just in case. Not very comfy IME!

Nope! You might want to 'tidy yourself' but this is honestly for yourself. The midwives couldn't care less! You can do this with some nail scissors and a mirror, with one foot on the loo.

Nail varnish has to be removed if you go into a pool, and also if you have to have certain types of monitoring!

HTH

VanillaPumpkin Sun 17-Aug-08 19:27:17

I was 'natural' for both my labours. I truly did not care!

KnockOffNorbert Sun 17-Aug-08 19:28:30

This time I just cut the quiff off... I thought rather hairy than all wonky cut/rash etc! Either you have to spend about 20 mins a day spread eagled infront of a mirror trying your best to work mainly by feel to keep ontop of it, or risk going in with stubble/rash etc, or just leave it.

Bluebutterfly Sun 17-Aug-08 19:29:53

I went for a bikini wax before ds and the beautician was very amused - she said "it will be the last thing anyone cares about when you are in labour". She was right. I didn't even think once about the state of my lady garden the whole time.

One of my friends commented that she never imagined she could be as uninhibited about her body as she became in labour. You literally just don't care, and neither does anyone in the room. Really!

Oh god that was honestly the last thing I cared about, especially once I couldn't see that far south!

Starlight, where did you hear about nail polish? I had my toenails done and I was in a pool.

Oh, Stella! I'm booked into the Edgeware this time and they said that nail polish stains the pools. Perhaps if you have the ones with the liners or your own one it isn't so much of a problem!

GreenMonkies Sun 17-Aug-08 19:38:28

Totally agree, you won't care about your hairy mary or the spots on your arse or anything else!

Having said that, I did shave my legs in early labour both times, and my toenails were a funky colour both times too!!

(never heard that about toenail polish and the pool either)

lauraloola Sun 17-Aug-08 19:57:24

I attempted to 'trim' when I was in the early stages of labour! Wish I hadnt now as it must have looked awful blush

oopsacoconut Sun 17-Aug-08 20:13:27

My midwife suggested that I have a trim (she hadn't even looked down there yet hmm) as it is very messy post birth apparently and the less hair the less effort it takes to clean yourself???? I have kept up the waxing all pg anyway and had one last week - 10 day pre duedate and DH trims all long bits waxing don't get to. I am normally very fussy about hair down there so it's more for me than the midwife!

spottedandstriped Sun 17-Aug-08 20:21:09

I had emergency caesarian and had to be shave - to be honest by the time you get to that stage you really don't care!

marjean Sun 17-Aug-08 23:26:53

I have to agree with oops. I had major dried lochia entanglement following my first birth. Very painful and time consuming to remove. For my second, I didn't wax or anything like that - I never have - but gave myself a quick trim. For practical reasons rather than aesthetic.

greenlawn Mon 18-Aug-08 08:39:00

I had a cs first time round and will never forget the glint in the mw's eye as she came towards me with a dry bic - sadly for her a friend had warned me they shave off the top couple of inches and she looked positively disappointed to see I'd already done it.

Next time round (vb) just made sure it was as tidy as possible - but I would've rather been hairy than have any lumps and rashes etc! I guess the warning is don't try anything new ....

PortAndLemon Mon 18-Aug-08 09:13:41

You'll only get shaved in hospital if you need a c/s

ForeverOptimistic Mon 18-Aug-08 09:16:18

Even when you have a c/s they only trim the bikini line. When the midwife shaved me she didn't even ask me to remove my knickers.

helips Mon 18-Aug-08 09:53:09

I just did a quick trim and still got shaved when I needed a cs!! Wasn't too bad though, think I was out of it by then so didn't really care!

I had a pedicure before the birth and was intending a home water birth, no mention of not being allowed nail polish.

inni Fri 22-Aug-08 09:35:22

better shave completely at home cos in hospital they do it just with water and is a bit sore. You can help yourself with a mirror. But just do it when you are really sure that the labor has started

MrsTittleMouse Fri 22-Aug-08 10:42:19

I wasn't allowed nail polish in the last birthing centre that I used (I went in the pool) and I've been told that the same rules apply for the birthing centre I'll (hopefully) use this time.

I had a bikini wax partly because I knew that my chances of natural labour weren't that good (family history, big baby, bad position). So even though I wanted a natural birth, I had the top inch waxed off to avoid the dry Bic if I did have a CS. It wasn't for the edification of the midwife. grin I would love to have a Brazilian wax, just to avoid 6 weeks of cleaning clotted blood out of the hair twice a day (sorry blush), but I'm not brave enough. Hopefully I won't bleed for so long this time around.

Nezzi Fri 22-Aug-08 13:11:59

I asked my friends about this as they all have children, they all had a good trim before hand just because it's easier to stay clean afterwards what with all the blood etc.
I had my usual "high bikini" wax but the beautician got a bit carried away and gave me a Brazilian shock The next day I had to go out in a skirt and no knickers to let the air get to my bits LOL! I was paranoid all day that the wind was going to blow my skirt up and I'd be forever embarrassed!!

HappyNewMum2Be Fri 22-Aug-08 13:28:03

thanks for the comments. I think a trim is in order - definately not the brazillian!

the things you thought you would never have to think about.....

grin

Aitch Fri 22-Aug-08 13:31:48

i've read that the thing about nailpolish is that your toes and fingers changing colour can be a sign that things are going awry during a general anaesthetic etc, so it's best not to.

jura Fri 22-Aug-08 13:45:28

I had an operation last year and was told to turn up with no nail polish on fingers or toes for two reasons:

1) the monitoring they do with the little clip on your finger is light-dependent and nail polish screws that up
2) checking colour of nails is often used as a check when you're under a GA.

Or something. Anyway, I did as I was told and took it all off.

MrsTittleMouse Fri 22-Aug-08 13:51:54

I was told that they'd had toe nail polish marking the birthing pool too, which was a bit of nightmare to get off. I suppose that for hygiene reasons the pool has to be and look completely immaculate (I certainly want it to be!).

Forensica Fri 22-Aug-08 15:45:27

When I was practising at labour ward as a trainee paramedic (years ago) we had to shave women who haven't done it down around labia and bum. This had a practical reason since if the woman needed stitches, it was easier to saw things together. I reckon the hair in the way could in-grow into the wound and cause an infection. I am surprised that it is not done in this country, but I am surely going to shave myself there (hubby will have to do it for me I guess) before the birth in January. Seems more practical and cleaner.

Pipsqueak1 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:53:41

Reading this has made me laugh! :-D
I am tempted to go for the full brazillian as close to birth date as poss! I do shave regularly but had stitches with my last birth.
So if I have stitches again, it won't itch with the hair growing back in aswell as being sore a stitchy!! :-O It drove me insane because I couldn't scratch and couldn't shave!

whatsoever Tue 13-Nov-12 19:17:54

I had a Hollywood wax pre-due date as I didn't want matted pubes with all the lochia post-birth. However as DS was 10 days late I wasn't quite smooth as a baby's bum by the birth but still a bit easier to deal with than au naturel.

However with an episiotomy with stitches that got infected, thrush from the antibiotics for the infection and piles, no more hot wax will be going near my nether regions for rather a long time!

PurpleGentian Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:40

I just left it all alone. It wasn't a problem at all.

tipp2chicago Tue 13-Nov-12 19:32:14

I had a Brazilian at 39 weeks because I didn't want to deal with lochia and pubic hair. Well worth it IMO.

As i did for the birth of my first ds I've attacked my lady garden with the trimmers as I didn't want to be caught short with a 70's porn star look going on for my impending labour. It was a bit of a contortion act but it doesn't seem like i did too bad a job and def an improvement!!
DH has painted my toe nails!
I didn't really care last time & don't suppose I will this but it takes away any need for any anxiety, just in case!

I think they used to shave in the 80's.

I went in proper 70's style.

KatAndKit Wed 14-Nov-12 21:21:58

I just left it pretty much alone, as I normally do. I used a pair of scissors to reduce the length a bit to make it less messy with the blood loss, but having a fairly normal amount of hair did not make the lochia a nightmare - if you wash down there very frequently it has less chance to get matted in your hair.

cashmere Wed 14-Nov-12 23:59:53

I'm going for a very short trim with beard trimmer (thanks DH!)Think will make stitches easier but want a but of camaflagoue so I don't spot any stitched bits afterwards.

I've had regular waxes, brazilians and hollywoods in the past but don't want to risk ingrowing hairs/tiny infected pores. That's why I'm not doing a close shave either.

Any midwives out there with an opinion?

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