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To trim/shave/wax the noo noo

(64 Posts)
brokencrayons Fri 20-Nov-15 09:56:30

Thoughts on looking pretty down below for birth? I normally keep myself tidy, but I can't see my fanny anymore and to be honest I don't think I can be arsed doing anything more than a clipper job :/ .

UmbongoUnchained Fri 20-Nov-15 09:58:45

I had to use a mirror! Very uncomfortable as has really bad spd as well so couldn't lift my legs!

Chippednailvarnish Fri 20-Nov-15 10:01:42

Thoughts on looking pretty down below for birth?

I doubt anyone will care, especially when they're putting stitches in it.
And isn't a noo noo the hoover in the Telly Tubbies?

fairyfeatures Fri 20-Nov-15 10:04:26

Can't see mine anymore and have been hazarding a guess with the razor lately - ouch!!

Been considering a wax but had one before and it was horrific - people who say they don't hurt are liars.

Going to try veet cream on the weekend and see if it works. If not, will put my fairy in the hands of DH. he probably wants to keep it prettier than I do!

eternalopt Fri 20-Nov-15 10:05:16

Whichever causes you the least discomfort growing back. You'll have enough going on down there by then. grin

allwineismine Fri 20-Nov-15 10:13:20

This will make you laugh: I actually asked my midwife what the etiquette was for the labour itself. She laughed and said that whatever makes me comfortable because NOBODY cares. I normally wax but just couldn't do it when pregnant because my skin got so sensitive. I ended up just shaving and trimming and then when the bump was gone I realised I had missed half the area anyway. Noone cares grin

BabyBNumberThree Fri 20-Nov-15 10:20:04

i shave everything completely. usually i leave the landing strip but as i cannot see i just shave the whole lot off now. I've got a mirror I'm going to use next time as struggling to bend over to see lol

Skiptonlass Fri 20-Nov-15 10:28:01

Shaving or waxing shortly before birth (vaginal or cs) isn't recommended any more - they've found it actually increases infection risk. I was specifically told not to before my section

You might feel more comfy with a quick trim as longer hair can get tangled up in blood/stitches (tmi, sorry) but from a healthcare provider point of view, as long as you're clean it's fine. If they need to trim anywhere they will ;)

LariyahSpen Fri 20-Nov-15 10:50:38

Post the end of my pregnancy I used to shave all mine off but by then end I could only see down the sides of my 'noo noo' so had a bit of an attempt but I went 5 days over with my daughter & was thoroughly fed up at the end so didn't bother in the latter days.

Honestly though as soon as the pain kicked in looking neat down there couldn't be further from my mind!

I think if it's not a bush you'll be perfectly fine, if you fear it is a bush then maybe try a slight trim but I wouldn't bother getting the razor out especially if you can't see past your bump.

Good luck

AuntieStella Fri 20-Nov-15 10:55:15

"Shaving or waxing shortly before birth (vaginal or cs) isn't recommended any more - they've found it actually increases infection risk. I was specifically told not to before my section "

It hasn't been recommended for decades. Those of us old enough to have been involved in the campaigning against compulsory depilation for all women in labour know that info has been around since 1989s or a bit earlier.

AuntieStella Fri 20-Nov-15 10:55:58

'I think if it's not a bush you'll be perfectly fine'

Bush is perfectly fine.

RoTo72 Fri 20-Nov-15 11:09:41

Id a wax before ds. Big mistake. Had an episiotomy and was stitched slightly wonky. Lol. Grew back thru stitches and had a slight infection. Nothing too bad but just another annoyance when 'down there' was already sore and uncomfortable

TheMshipIsBack Fri 20-Nov-15 11:17:12

Wait... you're going to be pushing a melon size head out of there and you're worried about hair? The hcps don't give a shiny shit how you look down there, and in fact prefer you not to depilate, as others have said.

TheMshipIsBack Fri 20-Nov-15 11:20:43

Oh and you'll probably shit yourself too - this happens at something like 8 in 10 vaginal births. grin

Maybe it's just me that finds this dilemma amusing. I'm probably considered an older mum, 36 and pregnant with DC2, and in my defense I was raised by hippies ;)

3timesascrazy Fri 20-Nov-15 11:31:35

Normally I'm an all off job but during pregnancy I just neaten the edges and trim the fluff right down once I can see any more, cant be dealing with itchy regrowth to add to the ever growing list of late pregnancy niggles!

With my first pregnancy I worried about pruning my lady garden for the big day far to much, I'm now approaching my due date with dc3, trust me..once in labour you wont care smile

OddlyLogical Fri 20-Nov-15 11:44:33

I just don't understand why anyone would think that anyone else would care. Seriously, medical professionals are concerned about mum & baby, not pubic hair style!

And 'noo noo'? Did you call it your noo noo before the days of the Teletubbies, or were you inspired by the similarity of your pubic area to a misbehaving vacuum cleaner?

MrsCrimshaw Fri 20-Nov-15 11:57:09

I know that our mothers had to have a full shave and an enema - the mind boggles! My OH has been - ahem - assisting with trimming but I really don't care. Think he is more bothered than me! Can't see anything down there let alone reach with a razor without risk of doing myself some proper damage.

allwineismine Fri 20-Nov-15 12:56:41

In some countries an enema was compulsory until very recently! I completely agree - the mind boggles.

EdgarAllenPoe Fri 20-Nov-15 13:06:48

I'm 33 weeks and haven't been able to see it for weeks anyway. I am relying on the fact that the baby coming out will be enough of a distraction that my hairiness won't make the evening news.

Can you imagine if this is how birth announcements went:

Baby Poe born 7th January at 18.30, weighing 8lbs 2oz, mother and baby well, mother's fanny a bit of a jungle but the midwife somehow managed.

EllieJayJay Fri 20-Nov-15 13:26:14

PMSL!! Hillarious nearly wet myself smile

teamrigby Fri 20-Nov-15 13:44:14

As I can't even see down there now and managed to slash my shin when trying to shave my legs last week, I think they can just take me as they find me! lol!

goodnightdarthvader1 Fri 20-Nov-15 16:46:37

I plan on trimming (for ease of stitches / seeing the head crown, etc.)

If the midwives can't handle seeing a natural-looking vulva, they need to get a new job.

Whatevva Fri 20-Nov-15 16:52:51

I think they can see the crown without trimming. It is big enough grin

MyNameIsSuz Fri 20-Nov-15 17:01:08

I'd just go with a good trim, as someone else mentioned, if you have stitches the last thing you want is scratchy regrowth around them! I think I trimmed with ds, need to trim this time really but can't see what I'm doing...

CityMole Fri 20-Nov-15 17:45:17

Completely unnecessary, as others have said.

Having said that, like most of these things, your choice.

I'm afraid that even though I have good personal hygiene, I find that when I exercise or exert myself, I tend to get a bit disproportionately sweaty around my fanny, and it can be a little bit 'high' smelling at times if I'm not in a position to wash/ change straight away. I've found this is generally linked to how hairy it is- I think my hairs must really trap odours. NICE. Maybe this is entirely my imagination (it probably is- but it's my imagination and I have to live with it, not you, so I will decide what I do with it grin).

So, not for the birth itself, but just in general, I plan to keep it short, and waxed and the sides where it has a tendency to go a bit like tom hanks at the end of castaway.

I'm only about 16 weeks at present though. If this was a film it would cut to me, in approximately a month's time, saying 'ah fuck it, let it go wild!!'

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