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Bikini wax during pregnancy

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purplesquares Sun 29-Oct-17 07:56:48

Bit of a dilemma. I’ve always been a wuss when it comes to bikini waxing and generally only go to get it done before holidays - which is also the only time I normally go swimming.

However I’ve read that swimming is great gentle exercise for pregnancy and so want to start going once or twice a week.

The issue is that I’m currently pretty “overgrown” (which is obvious in a swimsuit...) but have heard that bikini waxes are even more painful when pregnant. Is that true?? Is it really awful? I guess any pain will be much less than the pain of childbirth but am currently only 21 weeks so trying not to think about that too much at the moment haha!

Butternutsqoosh Sun 29-Oct-17 07:58:51

Mine really was that awful! I was about 22 weeks with twins - holy hell, nearly made her stop halfway through but didn’t want to be warned!!

snowgirl1 Sun 29-Oct-17 08:02:05

I used to get regular bikini waxes and continued through pregnancy. I didn't notice any difference in the pain level.

Topsyloulou Sun 29-Oct-17 08:02:28

I had one yesterday at 38 weeks. It was only more painful over my existing c section scar which is quite tender at the moment because of the position of the baby. Other than that it was no more painful than pre pregnancy. I always have a Lycon wax which is much less painful than a normal wax anyway.

MagicMoneyTree Sun 29-Oct-17 08:02:46

I had mine done every 4 weeks while pregnant. Didn’t notice any difference. Haven’t been back since I had my baby. Can’t be arsed now!

Tilapia Sun 29-Oct-17 08:06:05

I’d just go swimming and not worry about the overgrowth! It’s up to you though!

ememem84 Sun 29-Oct-17 08:06:06

Buy veet.

I had my last wax at about 20 weeks. Ouch.

Also got my eyebrows threaded at 36 weeks. That hurt like a motherfucker. I knew it would and asked the lady to be quick and not to laugh if I cried. She was. She didn’t. I did.

AuntieStella Sun 29-Oct-17 08:09:23

Yes, they can be more painful.

Could you buy a boyleg swimsuit?

Foggymist Sun 29-Oct-17 08:11:33

Buy a swimsuit with shorts effect, that's what I did grin

RavingRoo Sun 29-Oct-17 08:13:43

Wear a swim skirt under your bump. Not pregnant but I can’t wax down there - the swim skirt over my costume hides any overgrowth and makes me look nice.

eeanne Sun 29-Oct-17 08:18:39

I’ve been getting them throughout and there’s less pain now because the hair has become lighter. So hard to say as a one off but if you’re very hairy it will hurt more - amount of hair is amount of pain basically!

washingmachinefastwash Sun 29-Oct-17 08:23:50

Yes it’s true that they’re more painful due to the increase in flood flow to the area.

Is it just the sidelines you want done? It would be over very quickly if it was just that section if you think you could tolerate it.

purplesquares Sun 29-Oct-17 08:48:41

Thanks for the replies.

Struggle to buy swimsuits as it is (massive boobs - grown even bigger in pregnancy 😳) so new one with legs/skirt not an option and I don’t get on very well with Veet (leaves me with red bumpy skin).

It is just the sides I want doing (purely to avoid swimming pool embarrassment rather than trying to look nice for hubby 😂) so maybe I should just grit my teeth and do it on the basis that it’ll only be a few minutes and then over with!? I’ve had a wax a couple of days before period due before so hoping it’s only about as bad as that...

Wish me luck!

TerrifyingFeistyCupcake Sun 29-Oct-17 08:53:34

Or just buy a beard trimmer or get into the sides with a razor? Get your DH to do it if you're struggling to see/reach. It is more painful for a lot of people in pregnancy so if you already hated it, why go there?

MagicMoneyTree Sun 29-Oct-17 08:53:52

Can’t you just shave/trim to tidy things up a bit?

RavingRoo Sun 29-Oct-17 09:48:00

You can get swim skirts that button around your existing swimsuit. That’s what I meant.

ScotsLamb Sun 29-Oct-17 12:22:58

I got mine down when very very overgrown 4 weeks ago (28weeks then). It wasn't any more painful than usual. I went back this week at 32 weeks and there had been a lot less growth than usual and hardly felt it!

BigBaboonBum Sun 29-Oct-17 13:27:11

I've always been too shy to get a bikini wax blush . I wouldn't mind the pain but I wouldn't be sure what to do when I got there blush shaving is really difficult when pregnant, especially later on - I end up looking like I've taken an axe to myself!

JoJoSM2 Sun 29-Oct-17 13:35:48

I’ve never been able to bear it and have always shaved instead.

MeredithMorgan Sun 29-Oct-17 16:21:53

It's agony, absolute agony - but worth it. I had the full works before my births and it is really convenient afterwards as there is a lot of blood for a few weeks after you give birth! Also if you need an episiotomy it will mean they don't have to shave you. As well as meaning you can relax before swimming etc. Getting the sides alone done is painful but doesn't hurt anywhere near as much. Try and look for a salon that offers 'lycon' waxes instead of strips, as they hurt less.

I did it for vanity though! And treated myself to a gel pedicure at the same time to balance out the horribleness.

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