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To wear make up in labour or not???

(86 Posts)
babyfev Wed 15-May-13 13:50:07

This might sound bad and Im sure when im in labour my priority will not be how I look! However I always feel more confident and with my makeup on and hair done, am I being completely ridiculous even thinking about putting makeup on for labour?

What did you do or have you thought about it? xx

Wishwehadgoneabroad Wed 15-May-13 13:52:57


Have a biscuit

Trust me, when you're in agony and possibly think you are dying with the pain, the last thing you will give a shit about is how you look.

It doesn't sound bad, it sounds ridiculous! grin

Focus on your new baby instead. HTH.

kotinka Wed 15-May-13 13:54:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

babyfev Wed 15-May-13 13:59:10

haha i know you are right, just for the record im not some plastic looking person I as just meaning a little bit to make me feel better!! However im guessing it will be the last thing on my mind smile xxx

Locketjuice Wed 15-May-13 13:59:25

All the way through ds1 pregnancy I said as long as I'm wearing my make up and my hairs straightened I don't care,

Contractions started at 6pm by 2am I had been in and out of the bath around 4 times hoping it would help each time (it didn't) got to hospital at around 6am and had him at exactly 6pm that evening 24 hours after strong contractions started I couldn't have given two shits what my foundation was looking like I presume after the 2nd possibly third it was all running down my face anyway! smile

MrsLyman Wed 15-May-13 14:00:07

I didn't wear make up in labour (induced both times) but I would say that labour can be quite a physical sweaty business, and maternity wards are generally ridiculously hot to keep the babies warm, so there is a high chance of any make up you do wear melting.

Locketjuice Wed 15-May-13 14:00:12

Second possibly third bath*

it's entirely up to you.

in my post birth pictures i look really really pale, with no make-up on (i odn't generally wear it)

there's no harm in wearing it - no one's doing anything to your face, and if it makes you feel better then go for it.

I didn't cry or puke or anything, and minimal sweat, so i can't see it would be messy at the end (maybe not foundation in case they need to see how pale you are)

knackeredmother Wed 15-May-13 14:01:22

When I worked in obstetrics there were always some labouring mums who came in fully made up. They weren't the norm but I was always impressed how they managed it.

oh, but don't bother with hair - mine was a complete crow's nest! grin

MrsLyman Wed 15-May-13 14:06:26

It probably will be the last thing on your mind, but don't feel bad for asking about it though, labour and birth is such a big unknown and quite daunting prospect that most women think about random things like this when they're pregnant the first time, even those that are completely focused on their babies hmm grin

bonzo77 Wed 15-May-13 14:08:06

Disclaimer: have had both mine by CS, no labour.

I looked and felt a bit shit after having mine. Took make up with and put it on as soon as I was able. And used my GHDs on the ward hmm

TobyLerone Wed 15-May-13 14:09:11

I'll be making an effort this time.

The photos after DS was born aren't too bad, but in the ones after DD's birth I look horrendous to the point where I don't really want to look at them. I'm bright red and my hair was dragged off my face by my mum in between contractions into two plaits hmm

So I'll be putting a bit of makeup on and not allowing my mum to touch my hair! I will also make sure I look in a mirror before I let anyone near me with a camera.

TobyLerone Wed 15-May-13 14:11:14

And FWIW it's not a stupid thing to ask at all. I'm not sure why a few answers have been a bit derisive.

Trishstar Wed 15-May-13 14:11:38

I never went into labour, I went in for monitoring for reduced movement and had to have DS via EMCS. I had put makeup on before leaving the house as I just thought we'd go for lunch after the monitoring had been done!

All that anyone in the hospital commented on was my makeup (after my son was safe of course!)

babyfev Wed 15-May-13 14:15:29

Thank you TobyLerone smile

Theres been some good advice here ladies, thank you x

TinkyPeet Wed 15-May-13 14:15:53

I'm just putting a couple of bits in for afterwards x

TryDrawing Wed 15-May-13 14:16:17

I'd do as others have said and take it to put on afterwards, if you feel like it. After all, if you have a long labour, your make-up won't be looking good for most of it anyway.

And it's not your face they'll be concentrating on

TerrysNo2 Wed 15-May-13 14:16:31

Oh good, its not just me that laughed hilariously at this concept grin

I don't wear much make up normally but I would think this is the least of your worries! During my labour, my usual prudish self, was half naked and going to the toilet whilst screaming at chatting to my midwife.

I did however shave my legs and straighten my hair in the early stages smile

BeanoNoir Wed 15-May-13 14:16:48

Why don't you get eyebrows and eyelashes tinted beforehand, wear waterproof mascara and tinted moisturiser and a lip stain e.g. benetint. Surely that can't get too battered, you will feel a bit more 'done' but not overly made up or likely to end up with it all over your face.

MisselthwaiteManor Wed 15-May-13 14:19:00

Its not ridiculous to think about this stuff. I'm not going to bother because I don't often bother day to day, and I imagine it gets sweaty and uncomfortable, but I am packing some in my hospital bag for afterwards, in case of photographs and visitors. It's my first though so I have literally no idea what to expect or how I'll feel at the time.

TerrysNo2 Wed 15-May-13 14:19:08

However, if it makes you feel good in the early stages then no reason not to!

googietheegg Wed 15-May-13 14:20:05

This mattered to me too. Not in a crazy vain way, just enough to feel good about my pics. I had my eye lashes and brows tinted and bought waterproof eyeliner (revlon colourstay) and wore benetint on lips and cheeks with lansinoh as lip balm. I had a bath in early labour and washed and babyliss bighaired my hair. Even after a 36 hour labour I don't look too rough in the photos! I also showed my DH how to tie my hair back without getting kinks in it!!! I also did manicure and pedicure in early labour!!!

limetictacs Wed 15-May-13 14:22:17

I'll be putting make up on/doing my hair after labour for the first pics as when I had DS I looked bloody awful.
I have, however, done my finger and toe nails and shaved in preparation (also it's something to do to take my mind off the long wait for DD to make an appearance).

Bunbaker Wed 15-May-13 14:26:37

It never occurred to me to be quite honest, but I don't wear make up at home anyway. It never occurred to me to take any to the hospital either.

I hate the thought of having make-up on and sweat pouring down my face. I can feel my pores blocking up at the thought of it. OH was mopping my face anyway and any make-up I might have been wearing would have been wiped off anyway.

Smeary make-up is not a good look.

TheCountessOlenska Wed 15-May-13 14:28:36

I am v impressed googie grin .

Dildals Wed 15-May-13 14:29:46

I would bring a make up bag for afters - I wouldn't want to look a shock in the photos me and the kids will be looking at for the next x years!

kotinka Wed 15-May-13 14:29:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OnlyChicaInDaHouse Wed 15-May-13 14:30:20

I went into labour 2 weeks early on a Friday night and had just done my makeup since we were going out to a restaurant as our last little treat before the baby was due (I was 2 weeks overdue with DS1 so NOT expecting to go into labour early).

Anyway, it was a really quick labour so by the time we got to hospital DS2 was ready to make an appearance. After he was born I needed stitches and as we were waiting for whoever was to come along and stitch me up, all the hospital staff had a good laugh that I had come in all made up!!! They obvs thought I was so vain I had gone and got myself fully made up in between contractions. I still had my highlighting powder on my cheekbones and extremely long lashes on (as well as my bra and going out top) as there was no time before DS2 arrived!

Mind you, I do look better in the photos of DS2 just being born than the photos of me with DS1 so if it makes you feel better then go for it.

You won't care if anyone comments on you wearing makeup when you are in labour anyway. Personal decision. I am glad I had my makeup on - had I known I would go into labour that evening, I might have held back on the false lashes and mascara though smile

Wishwehadgoneabroad Wed 15-May-13 14:30:48


Someone else mentioned about the sweats! I forgot about that.

Just before I actually managed to get an epidural, I literally was pouring with sweat. I doubt even Estee Lauder Doublewear would have survived it hehe. Plus DH was mopping my brow - literally with ice cold water on a flannel.

Take the make up with you for afterwards grin

Congrats and good luck!

If you have a section you're forbidden to wear make up or nail varnish. I looked grim when I went in and after haemorrhaging a litre of blood I looked half dead. I hadn't taken make up in with me but got my sister to bring it in the next day.

ninja Wed 15-May-13 15:01:51

My sister had her eyelashes dyed for birth so she wouldn't have to bother with mascara!

MildDrPepperAddiction Wed 15-May-13 15:06:55

Some hospitals don't allow it. They use your skin tone, lip colour, finger/toe nails etc as checks in case something were to go wrong (hopefully wont for you). How are they to check if your lips are blue etc if you're made up?

It will be the least of your worries at the time anyway grin

usernamegoeshere Wed 15-May-13 16:06:26

I put some light make up on while waiting to go hospital after my waters broke, my contractions were 7 minutes apart so in between I was just getting ready, that said though, I had a tricky labour in end and afterwards was kind of in a daze and don't think I even saw a mirror for at least 36 hours. I requested no photos of me though, only baby!

Franykins Wed 15-May-13 16:12:52

I wear make up every day blush not over the top but I just don't like myself without it sad even though DP partner always says I look lovely without it.

I have been wondering about this as well for labour but was aware it can be a hot sweaty affair (even though this is my first) as I was there for my sister with her two. I have decided that I will not wear face make up just a bit of waterproof mascara and am going to put make up wipes in my hospital bag in case I go into labour with a full face, i'd rather not have any on that the streaky faced panda eyes look grin

Creamtea1 Wed 15-May-13 16:41:20

It's not ridiculous at all, ignore negative posts op. all I did was make sure I put a daily make up on each morning as the d-day got nearer - I'm not much of a foundation wearer but bit of bronzer, always eye make up and hair straightened even if tied up. And kept on top of leg and underarm shaving! even after that I still looked pale and rough in all the photos smile but at least I gave it a shot. I hate going eye make up free anyway so would feel wierd going anywhere without it - unless I know I can keep my sunglasses on, maybe with this baby I could try that? wink

DrinkFeckArseGirls Wed 15-May-13 16:44:23

Waterproof mascara.

I usually wear make up every day but didn't bother for labour as I figured I wouldn't care about my face and I was right! I was induced, and DD wasn't born for two days so imagine I would have looked a right state of I'd have bothered as I was seriously in too much pain to have thought about touch ups or anything during that time. I got by with a tin of Vaseline for my dry lips from the gas and air.
I did pack a few bits for afterwards, just a little mascara, mini concealer etc, but I was so tired afterwards that I didn't bother using any of it. I looked like utter shite afterwards though so banned any photos being taken of me. In hindsight I wish I would have made the effort to fix myself up a little afterwards as I wish I had some pics of DD & me when she was first born.

I have no photos of me and my DC just after birth, can't say I'm bothered as I know I looked horrendous.

LynetteScavo Wed 15-May-13 18:46:35

Yes, by all means, put make up on for labour. Put make up on between contractions if you want to.

Just don't expect your lip gloss to stay intact until your baby pops out.

MrsGubbins Wed 15-May-13 19:19:59

black and white photos are your friend, I edited all photos taken of me to b&w after having DD as my face was pillar box red for days after some v strenuous pushing! no amount of pan stick would have blended it away! didn't happen after DS but I didn't have to push so hard 2nd time round as I recall!

Springforward Wed 15-May-13 20:24:00

If it makes you feel better, why not? YY to waterproof mascara though.

Am thinking of getting my eyelashes dyed next week (38 weeks) as I know there'll be little chance of doing my face once DC2 arrives.

babyradio Wed 15-May-13 20:47:18

I already know I'll be in hospital for up to a week so I'm definitely taking my makeup bag in... it has five items in it and is hardly excessive.

Lots of women feel uncomfortable at 'normal' times having photos taken so for the sake of five seconds with a bit of tinted moisturiser where's the harm? It's hardly neglecting the baby. My boyfriend isn't able to be at the birth so he will only have photos and I'd rather not look horrendous in ALL of them!

Waterproof mascara is now on my shopping list... smile

Letticetheslug Wed 15-May-13 20:48:49

believe me, no-one will be looking at your face!

EleanorFarjeon Wed 15-May-13 20:54:22

I was going to post hahaha.

But then I remembered I had a pedicure and leg wax and a brazilian before my labours...

But I wore no makeup.

My face looks fine in my post baby photos, but dh snapped away while I was still naked, so I can't exactly share them with anyone.

My DH sneaked a photo of me whilst in the middle of labour, clutching the gas & air nozzle. I think even if I was wearing make up I still would have looked horrendous! Needless to say I won't be sharing that photo with anyone, ever!

babyfev Wed 15-May-13 22:23:29

It's really interesting to see what different women would do,I think with me being fair and having blonde eyelashes I might take the advice of tinting my eyelashes just so I feel that tiny bit better and I've heard lip balm is a must as your lips can get dry from the gas and air(not sure of anyone else has heard of that). I will take some tinted moisturiser in for the pictures after the birth xxxx

Omg milkmonster my mum was in the labour ward with me and has exactly the same photo, clutching gas and air with a pained expression upon my face.

All well and good to wear make-up if they don't decide to come before you do. I started labour the night before my cs. Of course I had it all planned out I was going to shave, do my nails, do my hair that night. Thick and fast contractions and make-up was the last thing on my mind. In fact I laughed after what I packed in my labour bag.

I looked horrendous after labour, but not as horrendous as my first dc cs. You can always cut out your bit out of photos (red blotchy face) and concentrate on the dc anyway.

That made no sense. if they decide to come you think they're meant to I meant to say

Ilovestackingcups Wed 15-May-13 22:34:59

If wearing some makeup makes you feel more 'you', I'd go down the tinting/dyeing route to make sure you feel good in the few days post birth. With a new baby, I don't think I managed to drink a cup of tea whilst it was still warm, let alone even consider dusting off the makeup.

As for the photos, I had been up for a good 8 hours before my 24 hour labour kicked off. I then had an emergency transfer of 20 miles at blue light speed, arrived at larger hospital just in time to give birth 20 minutes later. What did my face look like? Bloody relieved DC1 was finally here!

BedHanger Wed 15-May-13 22:41:01

Hmm, so maybe if I'd worn makeup during my second labour, no one would've noticed that I pooed on the bed?


<lowers tone>

gwenniebee Wed 15-May-13 22:44:11

I don't normally wear much makeup and there's no way it would have crossed my radar when I was in labour.

However, I did put my contacts in during the early stages, and I had packed my naice glasses in my hospital bag weeks before smile

shouldibecrossaboutthis Wed 15-May-13 22:49:08

Before I had my son I had planned to just put a bit of makeup on so I looked nice in the photos just after birth. I also spent quite a lot of time picking out a tankini to wear when I was in the birthing pool, at home.

46 hours into labour I was completely naked without a scrap of makeup on having washed it all off about 6 hours into the labour and my hair piled high on my head as I was flipping boiling hot.

HTH wink

Creamtea1 Thu 16-May-13 09:20:50

Ha ha @ bedhanger! grin

FrogInABog Thu 16-May-13 09:36:52

You will want your hair up, and makeup wise, maybe mascara and foundation if you feel the need, but it will most likely sweat off so avoid eye shadow or eye liner really.

Apart from a little bit of eyeshadow I never bothered as it all gets sweated off anyway. It's better to be eu natural than be covered in mascara streaks and lipstick all over yourself.

LadyBigtoes Thu 16-May-13 09:51:57

Some people don't go anywhere without make-up so I can understand why they'd want it in a situation where a LOT of people will see them. I don't wear much generally, but I do get zits and like to cover them up. I went off to both my labours wearing the make-up I'd put on that morning. Of course 12 hours of contractions later there wasn't much of it left!

I actually had both babies by EMCS after long labours, but the second CS was supposed to be elective - I went into labour a week early and missed it. I was planning to wear some nice, flattering make-up to have that ELCS. I wanted it to be a calm, controlled, and less panicky experience than my first birth. Didn't get what I wanted, but it would have been nice.

Agre with others that you look shit after labour and will most likely end up with photos that show this! I have one of me, newborn DS and DP. DP looks lovely, adoring, happy, he had turned up at the hosp after being home overnight and having a rest and a shower. DS of course looks beautiful, and tiny. I look the size of a house, spotty, exhausted, terrible hair, massive double chin and boob hanging out of nightie. grin

Of course the baby is what matters most but I actually think the OP has raised something that does matter. Birth is a time when everything changes, when you go through the most shocking physical and emotional upheaval. It's important to do things that help you "hang onto yourself" IYSWIM and make-up may well be one of those, for a lot of women.

ExpatAl Thu 16-May-13 09:53:05

I disagree and think that woman look gorgeous after having a baby. All fresh faced and contented/tired looking.

LadyBigtoes Thu 16-May-13 09:54:33

I've seen other women looking like that in their post-birth pics, but I didn't!

megandraper Thu 16-May-13 09:57:29

If you'd wear makeup to run a marathon, sure, put it on for labour. You might have it on already anyway - labour can start at any time. You'll sweat it all off before you're done, though

I was applying mascara (waterproof of course!) mid labour just before leaving for the hospital.

randgirl Thu 16-May-13 10:08:44

I wish i had.... theres a photo collage in our spare room and one of the pics is of me just after i had ds. Needless to say that i forgot all about that particular photo when dh's collegue who is a bit of alright stayed over as they had a early flight to take the next morning. Dh told me he was having a right giggle at the state of me..........

Hair like bottom of a birdcage, white as a sheet and just generally looking bad .....

A hairbrush and bit of bb cream may be a good idea wink

mamalovebird Thu 16-May-13 10:53:34

Now, I'm the type of person that normally won't even answer the door without a lick of foundation and a some mascara on. I was induced with ds so went in with my normal makeup on the Friday. Come Sunday, after rivers of sweat, puke, drips, epidurals, cuts and forceps I was just glad to still be alive.

Surprinsingly, the first pics that DH took weren't all that bad. Must have had that just-survived-a-blood-bath glow about me wink

I reverted back to type pretty much straight away though. Was up and face on by 9am every day from day one.

Teaandflapjacks Thu 16-May-13 11:11:44

I certainly plan on - I will be tinting eyebrows and lashes ahead, and bung some benetint or lip stick on cheeks etc. I think there is nothing wrong with doing whatever you need to feel good to get through birth! Although I say this I bet it will all go right out of the window at the time, like mamalovebird. I also plan on having an 'emergency make-up' bag in my hospital bag with mascara, pinky lipstick (doubles as blusher if required), pan stick - touch up areas etc. I always wear make up every day - I don't feel properly up for the day without it! grin

Fakebook Thu 16-May-13 11:37:06

When I went into hospital at 11pm with not regular, but pretty intense contractions, I had time to put on some light foundation. Didn't bother with lipstick but when we got in the car I made dh go back inside and get my Vaseline and he kept my lips moisturised throughout labour with a dab every now and then. I still looked very very yellowy pale after DS was born. Then I had a shower, went to bed and woke up at 10am the next morning and reapplied.

I looked like death when dc1 was born and I didn't want that horrible frumpy feeling whilst leaking ever again. just because you have a baby, it doesn't mean you stop looking after yourself. I had a mashed up vagina, but doesn't mean your face has to be like that too. Call me vain, I don't care.

gillybeandramaqueen Thu 16-May-13 11:49:59

Hahahaha!! What a brilliant thread!! Tbh, I too was wondering about this. For me though... I think it just stems from wanting it 'all' to be perfect... I've waited so long for this (am nearly 40 and expecting dc1 having met the love of my life 9 months ago)... and know that this will be the most wonderful special day in our lives (espesh mine) and don't want to look too much like shit for the experience, post-birth photos, etc....

BUT then you can't have everything can you?!?

...and anyway... I'm only 22 weeks and I already look like shit/death/horrendous/etc... so god knows what I'll look like when the joyous day comes!?!?!?!! grin

dinkystinky Thu 16-May-13 12:02:01

OP I dont normally wear make up so for me the question is a no brainer. However lip balm for post birth is good as post natal wards can be really stuff and dry.

However, would you wear make up to go to the gym? Giving birth is a sweaty, physical activity - and you have no idea of how you're going to respond to it in advance. By all means take your make up bag with you for photos after the birth, but during the birth, just focus on getting yourself into the getting that baby out zone.

katieelh Thu 16-May-13 12:03:22

I didn't have any make up on the first time and in the photos after I looked truly hideous, the next time was an emergency c section so I did have make up on but unfortunately no lovely phots as my babies were whipped straight off to nnicu, the third and final time I was induced with full hair and make up and had a very quick labour and I still have my lip gloss on in the photos.

Frecklers Thu 16-May-13 13:10:39

If it makes you feel confident do it! If it runs or smears you can fix it up afterwards! Good Luck!

limetictacs Fri 17-May-13 11:53:42

Will the hospital make me take my nail varnish off?? I hadn't even thought about that. I'm not having a planned CS but if I have to have an emergency one will they make me remove nail varnish?

oscarwilde Fri 17-May-13 12:03:08

Yes - no nail varnish. They will take it off. No idea what happens if you have gel stuff. Presumably you get a lot of dirty looks as they want your nail beds clear to check your blood is oxegenated (I think)

Best just to have a nice old fashioned mani pedi where your nails are buffed to a shine and cut nice and short so you don't worry about scratching the baby. When you come up for air in 6 weeks you can get your beauty regime back to normal or the new normal

Make up - too sweaty a business and then you need to pack remover too. Get eyebrows and lashes tinted if it's important to you, and possibly a little powder compact to take the shine off but otherwise I would leave it. If you are in for a few days, you can get someone to bring you in a few bits.

Sorry to burst any bubbles but I burst blood vessels in my eyes bearing down during delivery. Mascara going anywhere near my tired sore eyes was not an option. I'd pack some optrex in preference.

Wuxiapian Fri 17-May-13 12:08:10

You may sweat. You may cry. You may vomit. You may want to shower. You may want a cool flannel on your face.

I wouldn't advise it.

harleyd Fri 17-May-13 12:12:12

if it makes you feel good then do it

Trishstar Fri 17-May-13 12:43:06

I wasn't asked to remove any makeup or nail polish for my emcs only jewellery. And even tho I sweat lots in the theatre and after in recovery and the ward, my makeup was still all there!

Depends what brands you use/the quality of your makeup as to whether it lasts.

And although I would have had pics without makeup on with my DS, I'm actually glad I look like myself on the pics!

ExhaustedMamasita Fri 17-May-13 14:41:10

If it makes you feel better – do it! I read somewhere that some women consider it to be like war paint… once it’s on, they’re ready for action! I would recommend wearing the minimal ie. waterproof mascara and tinted moisturiser only though… too much I imagine can get messy and have the opposite effect. And don’t worry it’s not vanity, it’s being prepared. x

limetictacs Fri 17-May-13 16:06:37

Oh I hope they don't make me take my nail varnish off. It took bloody ages to paint my toes!

RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:04:39

If you want to l

RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:05:18

If you want to look half decent why not put some fake tan on. Inbox me and ill tell you the best to get.

Bunbaker Fri 17-May-13 18:06:53

I was about to make that suggestion as well Roxy grin

RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:09:13

Great minds bunbaker ;)

brettgirl2 Fri 17-May-13 20:00:20

Respect grin

The thing is that doing your makeup and hair may well relax you in early labour so go for it.

Not something I thought of personally! !!

igirisu Sun 02-Jun-13 14:43:43

you could give gradual tanner for face and body a go, that way you will have a bit of colour on your face without it melting off. It is hard to apply all over the body at this stage in pregnancy though grin i have tinted eyebrows and am going to tint my eyelashes soon but as for the hair i doubt anything will make it look good after labour as it always looks sh*t anyway!

Bodicea Sun 02-Jun-13 16:54:13

think I will have eyelashes and eyebrows tinted and take eyelash curlers, blusher and a bit of powder to get rid of shine with me. think blush makes the biggest difference in photos. def not risking mascara, waterproof or not.
will also get fingers and toes shellacked in the run up x

Strokethefurrywall Sun 02-Jun-13 19:58:23

I think this is totally dependent on when you go into labour and how long it lasts.
I went into labour at 11am at the office so had a full face of make up on because I was still working. I was lucky in that I had a very short and uncomplicated labour and whilst I wasn't particularly bothered about looking nice, I was glad I did if you see what I mean! Also, my eye make up didn't run even though I was in the water. I was more concerned about having straight hair because my barnet is naturally really curly and I didn't want to look like a crazy lunatic! I'd also had a manicure/pedicure and my eyebrows threaded. I figured I wasn't going to get a chance to get it done for a while after so had it done a few days before (by luck as pfb arrived at 37+6)

I would still put some make up when I have the next one too, provided I had time. There's nothing wrong with making yourself look and feel nice and sometimes labour is a pretty lengthy affair. You've got to do something to pass the time, right?! grin A friend of mine plucked her eyebrows and gave herself a face mask when she was in labour. She's glad she did too, her labour was about 20 hours!

maebybebe Wed 05-Jun-13 09:54:16

I would want to be make up free, so when it was all over I could just wipe my face with some Clean&Clear and a cotton pad and use all that sweating as a nice deep pore clean! grin

CuppaSarah Wed 05-Jun-13 12:16:20

When I went into labour anything that could take my mind off the impending contraction and keep me feeling in control helped. I'm not a make up person so I played games on my computer. If you enjoy putting on makeup and doing your hair, it'll be a great coping strategy during early labour. If your early labours quite long you might want to keep busy, or you might not give a crap. I don't imagine you'll be too worried when you get to active labour and it may have rubbed off by the time little ones out. But who knows?

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