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

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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

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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