Lippy on to give birth?!

(40 Posts)
Jac1978 Wed 20-Mar-13 14:19:59

Just caught up with One Born Every Minute on Sky Plus and couldn't believe that girl turning up in full make up to give birth! Is it me or is this incredibly vain?!! My looks were the last thing I was worried about but I asked another mum about this and she said she insisted in packing her hair dryer when she went to the hospital snd had her bikini line waxed as near to the due date as poss! Am I missing something - does everyone worry about what they look like after giving birth?!

SomethingAboutNothing Wed 20-Mar-13 15:04:44

Well I went into hospital to be induced wearing my usual full face of make-up, and took it with me intending to use it while I was there. Didn't use any of it though.

TBH, I don't really see the problem with a woman wearing lipstick when she is in labour, if that makes her feel better about herself then why not?

RunningAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 15:06:33

Don't really see a problem, maybe she put her makeup on as usual, then went into labour though? I think I had mascara on probably, can't remember though. Some people can't bear going out without makeup, wherever they happen to be going.

TobyLerone Wed 20-Mar-13 15:10:30

Why shouldn't she?

I wish I'd bothered to make a bit of an effort. All photos of me after I'd had DD are awful. Red and shiny with crap hair.

Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 15:10:45

Good for her! It wasn't my first thoughts to be honest...

wigglesrock Wed 20-Mar-13 15:16:24

I always painted my toe nails and had my hair coloured around my due date - made me feel happy and a bit less bleurgh.

MisselthwaiteManor Wed 20-Mar-13 15:25:15

Is that the one with the eyelashes? If it made her feel more comfortable then good for her. I won't bother with makeup, but I've never looked at a picture of a mother and newborn and thought 'her hair looks shit' so I don't mind about looking rough in the photos either.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 20-Mar-13 15:27:08

I'm sure she had all the normal worries and feelings as well, she just had them whilst wearing lipstick.

No biggy.

Katla Wed 20-Mar-13 15:32:42

I had my bikini waxed before my due date otherwise it may have been hard for the midwife to fight her way through my bush to see anything

I also had my contact lenses in and some make up on. It helped pass the time before we left for the hospital really. Once I was in labour I couldn't really give a shit. But I was thankful that my bikini line was done as about 50 people had a good view of it during the whole joyful 36 hour process. £28 well spent. It's not been done since the birth though (nearly 6 months on...) grin

ArseAche Wed 20-Mar-13 15:35:43

I couldn't get past the pain to worry about what I bloody looked like!

When I go out I have a shower and wear make up. So, before I went to hospital I had a shower and did my make up. I saw no reason not to and it passed the time. After I'd had DS I had another shower and re did make up. Other people might not look at photos and think I looked shit, but I would.

It probably was a bit vain, but not the end of the world.

AnaisB Wed 20-Mar-13 15:45:29

I didn't take my make-up off to give birth.

Wearing make-up is always vain, whether in labour or not.

MillyStar Wed 20-Mar-13 15:55:26

I didnt wear make up but i took my hair dryer in when i was going to be induced and i washed and dried my hair every morning without fail, some of the other girls couldn't believe it because they didnt even get out of bed to have a shower which i think is a bit minging, you can still slob out and be clean

I was in for 11 nights and did it every day, i had my dd by c section at 00.04 and as soon as they let me stand up at lunch time it was the first thing i did

Never wore any make up though

pissovski Wed 20-Mar-13 16:25:02

I started getting contractions around 5pm and ended up in maternity unit at 11pm (emcs at midnight!) As I wear make up everyday, and obviously i didn't know i would be going in labour on this particular day, I had my normal make up on (no lippy cos I don't wear it, but all the rest). Had hair dryer with me too and used it everyday (i have to wash my hair everyday, or i feel grotty). Was in 6 days in the end.

As I wear make up every day (i hate being seen outside the house without it on) I made sure that I had my make up bag with me, and would do so again.

Misfit13 Wed 20-Mar-13 16:39:44

Yep, I woke up in pain at 7, got my older son off to school, then had a bath and shaved my legs (etc), dried and straightened my hair, got dressed and put some make up on, just like I would any other morning. (Think that was the last time for at least a year that I did, tho!) He was born at 1, so my hair and chops still looked fine and I look better in the photo's than I did the time before, when I was 16 years younger!

motherinferior Wed 20-Mar-13 16:42:53

I had a haircut the day I gave birth.

(OK, so I went into labour 16 days early, it wasn't exactly planned as an act of personal grooming, but still.)

Purplecatti Wed 20-Mar-13 19:04:20

Hell yeah. I had waxes, pedicures etc. At the first pangs of labour I did my hair and put on waterproof makeup.
Vain? Yep. I knew oh would facebook a photo within 5 minutes of birth.
I still looked shit though. Maybe not as shit as I should have.

TheJoeufulPuddlejumper Wed 20-Mar-13 19:08:51

Make-up isn't always vain Anais. I wear it because I wouldn't have the confidence to leave the house without it.

During both labours I had a shower, blowdried my hair and did my make-up. It distracted me from the contractions, gave me something to do and made me feel better about myself.

Welovegrapes Wed 20-Mar-13 19:14:34

I wouldn't even have thought of it.

I looked nice went I went in. Within about 20 minutes I was naked.

If you want to wear makeup, go for it. It's not vain in the least.

INeverSaidThat Wed 20-Mar-13 19:16:23

One of my DC's had an induced birth. It was great, I shaved, did my nail varnish, moisturised and did my hair.

FlatCapAndAWhippet Wed 20-Mar-13 19:19:53

Bikini line waxed, hair washed, make up on, toe nails painted, that's me.

FlatCapAndAWhippet Wed 20-Mar-13 19:20:33

Oh forgpot to say I was induced so had time smile

MrsHoarder Wed 20-Mar-13 19:21:06

I had my hair cut the day before I was induced. Is a good job I did because that was over 10 months ago and I haven't been back yet.

MiaowTheCat Wed 20-Mar-13 19:43:15

I only just about got my trousers off last time! Not dilated to baby in under 15 minutes, think lippy time would have been pushing it!

MamaBlue4 Wed 20-Mar-13 19:46:23

Never wore it during it my home birth, but my DH waxed me a week before due dates.

For twins I just stuck my hair up and shoved in my headphones, I couldn't care less what I looked like but afterwards when my family visited, I did my hair and got dressed.

Pascha Wed 20-Mar-13 19:54:59

Ds1 was at night so the most I did was slick some Vaseline on my dry lips. Ds2 wasdaytime at home so it really didn't seem necessary. If I was going in for planned birth I absolutely would wear mascara/lip stuff etc.

Pascha Wed 20-Mar-13 19:58:04

Also, and I think this point is relevant here, I most certainly would have makeup handy if I knew there were TV cameras about...

Pudgy2011 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:14:46

I had 10 hours sleep, did my hair and make up, got ready for work and DS decided to make his appearance 5 hours later.
Pretty damn glad I had a newborn who cooperated with my day in honesty, I had no qualms in putting those pics on facebook!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 20-Mar-13 20:26:42

I was in too much pain to care.

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 21-Mar-13 13:21:28

I had an elcs on my last baby so I had my extensions in,tan on and make up done. All my other newborn pics I looked terrible and ill and I look fab and refreshed for the last ones.

rrreow Thu 21-Mar-13 17:35:34

If I knew I was going to be on TV I might make a bit more of an effort with my appearance going into labour. Personal preference though, I'm generally not really the type of person to 'put on my face' for the public, but I know there are many people who wouldn't leave the house without makeup on.

I don't think it affects the labour experience grin

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Thu 21-Mar-13 19:24:27

I'll need my straighteners blush I look an utter mess without them! Not bothered about make up, but I feel properly grotty if my hair isn't done. Won't bother with a hair dryer though as my hair takes forever to dry even with a dryer and I'd be too self conscious about the noise I was making.

lolalotta Thu 21-Mar-13 19:54:13

Do bikini waxes kill when you're pregnant???

MamaBlue4 Thu 21-Mar-13 20:13:43

lolalotta If it did, I couldn't tell the difference. Except when DH did it but I secretly think he wanted revenge from the times when I waxed his brows haha.

littleducks Thu 21-Mar-13 20:27:55

I wouldn't put make up in for a trip to hospital especially not nail polish as then it becomes a problem having to remove it if something goes wrong and you need to go to theatre.

If I was going to be filmed on a documentary my viewpoint may have been different!

PastaBeeandCheese Thu 21-Mar-13 20:35:42

I took make up with me. I had a fit of baby blues the day after having DD as she wasn't feeding and I'd had a bit of a weep. My inlaws were due to visit and I felt so much better after 5 minutes in the bathroom washing my face, brushing my hair and putting a bit of mascara on.

Felt much more relaxed looking more like me and got DD latched on after that. Not saying it was the mascara (!) but whatever makes you feel better is important.

ElliesWellies Fri 22-Mar-13 23:21:05

I don't watch OBEM but... sounds like she might have put the make-up on for the cameras? If so that is quite funny, being really worried about what your face looks like whilst allowing the nation to watch you giving birth...

ElliesWellies Fri 22-Mar-13 23:21:40

Oh, and I think I had make-up on because I'd been wearing it that day, before I went into labour.

thezebrawearspurple Sat 23-Mar-13 21:09:25

I turned up to the hospital freshly showered, hair styled, full makeup, jewellery, perfume fully intending to pop the baby out and look beautiful in the first photos. Looked horrific by the end of it but was fully freshened and made up by visitor time. Left the hospital as groomed as I went in. I've always been very vaingrin

They can't be too vain if they're prepared to let strangers see them look sweaty and puffy, nobody looks good in labour.

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