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Can I Veet while pregnant?

(37 Posts)
lucielooo Wed 06-Oct-10 19:15:07

Have tried googling but seems to be conflicting info? Really need to do something about my bikini line but shaving it's just horrid.. don't know how people cope with it - it itches like mad when it grows back!

TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 06-Oct-10 19:17:01

No, I don't think so and I woulnd't risk TBh as the chemicals can get into your bloodstream. Have you thought about getting an Epilator? Painful but worth it!

Oh bum, I thought it would be fine and was planning on using Veet right at the end to avoid scaring midwives! (Currently scaring DH!)

Humph. There is no way I am waxing and I can't face shaving nicks/rash down there again so maybe my MWs will have to be brave...

What does everyone else do? Are you all brave and go for waxing?

Honestly, hands up please if you went au naturel

TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 06-Oct-10 19:29:57

The midwives won't give a jot if your bushy or bald, they have more important things to worry about. Like I said, if you want to be fuzz-free then try an Epilator, it is not wax, it is a bit painful but you can control how many hairs are pulled out and the results last for ages with no stubbly re-growth.

narmada Wed 06-Oct-10 19:31:20

Well, I have been using depilatory creams like Veet throughout pregnancy. I would have to see some fairly convincing scientific evidence that the chemicals can really get into your bloodstream and cause problems. I really don't think it's a problem.

I have an epilator and there is categorically NO WAY I would use it while pregnant. In fact, that's a lie. I did it once in my last pregnancy and it was horrid. And I got a rash!

Totally up to you of course but do bear in mind that we are exposed to so many harmful chemicals both during pregnancy and at other times. A bit of veet isn't going to hurt.

I may look into the epilator, I would like to be broadly tidied.

Still, I'll shave my legs anyhow. In due course.

lucielooo Wed 06-Oct-10 19:35:32

I thought you were more sensitive in pregnancy so epilator/waxing sounds horrendous! It's mainly because I want to go swimming.. I already couldn't give a rats about looking good for the birth (and i'm only 13+4) so leaving it really isn't an option!

I just got DH to use the sheep shearers his head shavers on me a few days before due date, just trimmed it back.

I don't think the midwives even notice.

My 18 year old sister however looked genuinly horrified!! grin

SilverSky Wed 06-Oct-10 19:40:25

In labour I think the state of your ladygarden will be the LAST thing on your mind and if you have a CS the hossie will do it for you.

partyhats Wed 06-Oct-10 19:43:44

I have used veet in both my previous pregnancies and now in the third without any problems. I will continue to do so. Can't imagine anyting worse than the epilator at the moment!

lucielooo Wed 06-Oct-10 19:46:59

but it's not for labour it's for swimming! I've still got another 6 months to before the labour bit and am hoping the swimming might be a way of getting in shape.. leaving it is definitely not an option!

I did - for prior to both caesarians. If you think I was shaving and area I could not see, you must be mad!

Worked fine.

nameymcnamechange Wed 06-Oct-10 19:50:02

Eh???

The chemicals from Veet can get in to your bloodstream?

If that is the case why would anyone use it?

There's a word for the idea that Veet can get into your bloodstream - oh yes bollocks grin

The largest organ in your body (the skin) prevents chemicals put on the skin entering your body. Here's an experiment. Insert your arm into warm water. The chemical H20 does not get sucked into your bloodstream through the skin, leading to drowning does it?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 06-Oct-10 19:54:50

No it's fine to use - the issue I think is that your skin may be sensitive to different things while you are pregnant so do a small patch test first.

BooBooGlass Wed 06-Oct-10 19:56:03

As long as you can still reach grin I don't see a problem. I never had trouble shaving when I was pg and I got truly humungous.

heymango Wed 06-Oct-10 19:56:18

I think if you thought about everything that might get into your bloodstream you may go mad!

Deodrant, body cream, cleaning products, nail varnish, hair dye - the list is endless.

heymango Wed 06-Oct-10 19:56:53

Sorry - meant to say I would go with waxing if it bothers you.

passionberry Wed 06-Oct-10 19:57:50

Lol at whomovedmychocolate!

I may be a bit lax but I veet-ed all the way through - didn't occur to me that it might be on the banned list!

Have heard some people on here say that they weren't going to use make up for 9 months shock

runningrach Wed 06-Oct-10 20:01:25

I have found my skin is super sensitive so am totally off waxing and never liked epilating anyway - I normally wax and had my eyebrows done at 5 months and it really hurt (v.unusual), then I had sore skin for days. Depiltory skin i coul dleave on for less time and had fewer problems.

But bizarrely I am finding that my hair is not really growing, I'm now 7.5 months and have only waxed my eyebrows that once, and only done my bikini line twice since finding I was pregnant but there is still hardly anything there. It's VERY weird, does anyone else have this?!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 06-Oct-10 20:02:35

runningrach - no I have quite the opposite problem! Out of interest, do you know what you're having?

eastendmummy Wed 06-Oct-10 20:07:30

Runningrach - my hair also stopped growing in both pregnancies - very odd! I hardly had to shave legs/arms/bikini line but the hair on my head grew loads. The wonders of pregnancy!

With regards to OP, wouldn't worry about using veet when pg - as others have said, there are loads and loads of chemicals that we come into contact with daily that we can't avoid and you can't wrap yourself up in cotton wool for 9 months.

SilverSky Wed 06-Oct-10 20:15:09

Beg your pardon lucieloo misunderstood your post!

nameymcnamechange Wed 06-Oct-10 20:15:23

I was very much less hairy when pg with my girl, and pretty much a werewolf when carrying my boy. Go figure!

HobbitMama Wed 06-Oct-10 20:20:39

Midwives suggested using veet before my last 3 cs's & I'll be using it again this time - I'm sure they wouldn't suggest it if it was dangerous in any way at all!

nymphadora Wed 06-Oct-10 20:22:17

I had strong reactions to veet when pg but not normally. I have just had dh shave me

Giddyup Wed 06-Oct-10 20:25:06

I've veeted the whole way through, 36 weeks and have to do it in the mirror now! I also have to be a bit less adventurous with how much I get rid of. Unfortunately pregnancy has made my tummy hairier than DP's, I was plucking it, but it in the end there was just too much hair and Veet is the only way

lucielooo Wed 06-Oct-10 20:49:49

Excellent.. thank you very much for all your replies! Just need to put the thorntons down and get my arse upstairs.. (and will do a patch test first as I've got quite sensitive skin so seems sensible)

Thank you!

Seem to have got quite hairy though that might be just lack of maintenance!

runningrach Fri 08-Oct-10 00:07:09

Alibaba - i am having a girl, like nameymc.

eastendmummy do you have 2 girls to bring the sample size to 3?!

IReallyShouldBeGoingToBedBut Fri 08-Oct-10 00:28:47

You were planning to use Veet right at the end?? Do you seriously think you'll be able to see/reach/manoeuvre yourself into a position to be able to?? More than I was ever able to contemplate I have to admit...and have you ever got Veet onto the more er...delicate bits where it's really not meant to get? shock trust me, it stings like hell for days and extra discomfort is something you could probably do without around about then...

I use Veet or a shaver attachment which came with my epilator (Phillips Satinelle Ice). The latter is less messy and probably quicker, but it does not shave that closely, so I don't have an issue with the rash/itching usually experienced after razors.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 08-Oct-10 12:27:48

rach - that is interesting, I was v.hairy with DS and I'm hairy again this time which makes me think I'm having another boy - I'm only 16 weeks so I don't know yet but I expect I'm right!
A survey of friends suggests werewolf = boy, no need to depilate during pregnancy = girl.

emmie31 Fri 08-Oct-10 14:34:14

I did !!! both my children are fine, I also told the midwife i was gonna pop to the bathroom and veet myself before c section and she was fine.

eastendmummy Fri 08-Oct-10 18:49:04

Runningrach - 2 boys here so not sure I'm any help to your survey!

funkky Wed 13-Feb-13 09:03:23

Veet website states its ok -

Are Veet Creams suitable for everyone?

Creams can be used by everyone, including pregnant women, as long you follow the Precautions and Directions for Use. It is advisable for teenagers under 16 to be supervised by an adult when using any depilatory method.

EwokStorageUnit Wed 13-Feb-13 09:58:29

I had my usual wax last week and it hurt like HELL!!!!!!!!!! Interestingly though, I usually have to take antihistamine or I go red and blotchy - obviously didn't this time, but had no reaction at all.

I am seriously considering different options. If it hurt that much at 13+2 then there's no way it's going to get better as I get more blood pumping round my system!!

I look like a werewolf within a week of waxing at the best of times, so really hoping that I have a hair stopping Beanie!

weeblueberry Wed 13-Feb-13 10:55:46

It can get into your bloodstream?? confused

I've been using it on my tache (yep, I'm just that lucky...) but have never used it on my nethers mainly because I'd be worried it would end up going somewhere sensitive. grin

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