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Waxing? Hair removal cream? sorry if tmi!

(30 Posts)
AmIGoingMad Mon 20-Dec-10 13:00:10

I'm 34 wks and need to do something to sort out 'down there'. Am also thinking it'll be easier to keep clean and healing after birth in that way too (sorry if tmi!)
The thing is, shaving's no longer really an option as I can't see past my bump! Are the other 2 ok at this stage?

thefurryone Mon 20-Dec-10 13:32:57

I'm only 22 weeks but have had 3 bikini waxes since being pregnant and plan to keep going until the end. My beautician said it's fine and is happy to do it.

Some people say that it hurts more in pregnancy than normal but to be honest I always found it really painful anway and haven't really noticed the difference, thankfully it's a pretty quick proceedure!

SMulledwineS Mon 20-Dec-10 13:54:33

I use an epilator, a lot less painful than waxing... Il struggle to do it tho once I have a big bump so may go back to waxing..

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Mon 20-Dec-10 13:58:39

Wax. You need to get someone else to do it though.

Although you really don't need to. They will shave if c-section.

BelieveInLife Mon 20-Dec-10 14:04:59

You're right AmI, it is a lot easier to keep clean down there afterwards and makes it easier for the midwives with stitching and examinations.

I had a brazilian before I gave birth and was soooooooooooo glad I did afterwards!

MainlyMaynie Mon 20-Dec-10 14:31:38

I usually use hair removal cream, but apparently it isn't recommended in pregnancy. I guess I'm going to have to go for wax eventually, but I had my eyebrows threaded on Saturday and that hurt more than usual. I may just be hairy, I'm sure they'll cope!

Boozilla Mon 20-Dec-10 14:33:31

Wax, it's the only way! I tried to wax myself before DC3 with a mirror (don't ask). Was the cause of much hilarity in the delivery room! grin

AmIGoingMad Tue 21-Dec-10 12:15:12

Haha boozilla! Was contemplating getting the mirror out myself but then I can't even do my hair in the mirror properly because everything's back to front so thought I might cause myself some sort of injury! I'll have a ring around and ask local beauticians to see if its ok to do at this point. I know the MW won't be looking down there and judging or anything like that but I just figure that the clearer the ..ahem.. area is then the easier for healing etc! x

soppypreggyloon Tue 21-Dec-10 12:34:28

i waxed my bikini line with ds
with this one i've been very lazy about it and am now sick of the jungle so i will be waxing once i have 15 mins peace.
i had an emcs with ds and they shaved the top of my bikini line using some clippers. i had a wee bit of stubble but the re-growth wasn't at all itchy and it stayed out of the way of the scar healing mostly. i won't be shaving it myself or waxing as i don't want itchy regrowth which the scar/ stitches are healing

TMI alert now!

if i'd been braver to look sooner i'd have noticed some of the hairs creeping into the scar line. i had to tweezer them out - which was a bit gross (once i thought about it) but not at all painful. shock

jasmine51 Tue 21-Dec-10 12:42:37

Oh god ladies, I really have gone into this pg with my eyes closed! I had no idea it was necessary to tidy up 'down there'. Just another of the 101 things people never tell you and another thing to worry about. Will add wax or hair remover to the pre hosp kit!

dizzy77 Tue 21-Dec-10 19:17:23

I've been down the waxing route just to keep a bit tidy (I also like to swim) although I presume at some point the jungle won't be visible around a car size belly. Therapist happy to wax in my state (TMI alert) though I do suffer a bit with ingrown hairs but I say well, I'm going to have to go through childbirth so I'm sure i can handle the waxing pain.

bessie26 Tue 21-Dec-10 23:12:57

I carried on having leg & bikini waxes when pg with DD, didn't notice it hurting any more than usual!

kikibo Wed 22-Dec-10 16:28:51


I don't expect it is really necessary. If they need anything down there, they'll shave it, if necessary, and regarding tears and what-not: before the existence of the safety-razor (invented in the late 19th century I think), women did tear and could not shave their legs, nor bikini line, nor brazilian, nor anything. They did not all die from complications, so I'm sure it just makes everyone feel better, but to be honest, doctors and midwives have seen it all that before...

lilly13 Wed 22-Dec-10 17:51:09

My doctor did not recommend waxing in the biki area (legs are ok). Creams have too many chemicals. Try to shave instead or ask DP to help you.

lilly13 Wed 22-Dec-10 17:51:25

meant to say bikini area

PolkaDotRudolf Wed 22-Dec-10 20:29:39

I would not use a cream down there pregnant or not tbh as would surely cause major irritation?!

I am 32 weeks and had to get DH to use trimmer down there last week. Tis not as short as if I'd done it myself but it's tidier. Will try again before D Day if he'll do it again!

thefurryone Wed 22-Dec-10 20:44:30

I don't see why waxing would make any difference compared to shaving. Was it a male doctor?

I definitely won't be shaving as 1) it gives me a rash and 2) I'd have to get my DH to do it rather than the beautician and I just couldn't stand the thought of all the inappropriate jokes he'd be making whilst he's down there!!

talkingnonsense Wed 22-Dec-10 20:49:58

I left it all hairy and healed well from 3rd and 2nd degree tears, so am sure you can leave it if you like!

AmIGoingMad Thu 23-Dec-10 11:40:58

So many different opinions on this one! I'm going with general concensus (sp?) and avoiding hair removal cream. Will look into epilator or waxing I think! Thanks ladies! x

emski1972 Thu 23-Dec-10 14:03:51

I recommend you have a hot wax it's less painful. I had my legs and bikini done at 39 weeks and it stopped me feeling like a hairy monkey! There was no way I could have seen to do it myself......highly recommend a pedicure too!

PaigeTurner Thu 23-Dec-10 14:26:08

Yes, I was going to say about hot wax as well. I'm off for my cs tomorrow and yesterday had a hot wax just on bikini line and legs - feel much fresher - and it's a LOT less painful than strip wax.

JoEW Thu 23-Dec-10 14:45:17

I've gone for my usual leg and bikini waxing when preggers. Also agree that hot wax is way better for bikini area but I don't think being preggers makes it hurt more. Seems fine to me.

yellowmo Thu 23-Dec-10 17:10:52

Tiding up always makes a gal feel a bit more feminine and fresh! I#m waxing still at 18 weeks and plan to go right through...
Epilators aren't that good a- it's slow self inflicting torture whereas a wax is stick, rip and done! and b- it pulls out hair in every which direction thus encouraging abnormal (all direction) hair growth - not good.

This subject will always come down to personal choice I know my DH certainly apreciates my efforts even if midwives/ drs don't!!!

AmIGoingMad Wed 29-Dec-10 19:36:17

Thanks for that ladies! Looks like waxing it is! I'm a wimp but frankly with what I got ahead of me with birth I need to just woman up! x

spikydahlia Wed 29-Dec-10 19:57:56

Well I've always just shaved and trimmed. With my last baby I couldn't see down there so I just gave up. I had stitches and it all healed up ok. It might have been cleaner if there was no hair, but I think with the haemorhoids, stitches and 'I've been hit by a bus' feeling, itchy re-growth would have been the last thing I needed!!! grin

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