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Shaving While Pregnant
Table of contents
- How to shave your pubic area when pregnant
- How to shave while pregnant
- Shaving legs while pregnant
- Mirror for shaving
- Shaving stomach while pregnant
- Hair removal cream during pregnancy
- Pubic hair growing during pregnancy
- Pubic hair maintenance during pregnancy
- Waxing While Pregnant
- Shaving After Delivery
- What does your nurse/doctor think about pubic hair during delivery?
How to Shave Your Pubic Area While Pregnant
Problems with shaving your bikini area during pregnancy:
Pubic hair growing during pregnancy
How to shave your private parts during pregnancy
Pregnancy mirror for shaving
Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy
Why you shouldn’t shave pubic hair while pregnant
Something else to think about:
Shaving legs while pregnant
Shaving your face while pregnant
Shaving stomach while pregnant
Hair removal creams during pregnancy
Shaving if you’re in preterm labor/bedrest
Waxing while pregnant
A lot of women still get a Brazilian wax while they’re pregnant, but I’d call the spa you use to make sure they will do bikini waxes on pregnant women. Be sure you’re going to a reputable salon that uses clean wax and clean technique.
Waxing before delivery
If you’ve been doing it during pregnancy that’s fine. I would not wax right before delivery if you haven’t been waxing lately. It’s just too risky that your body won’t react well and you’ll be in a LOT of pain.
Pregnancy is NOT the first time to go waxing.
If you’re going for a C-section, we will shave the top part of your pubic region hair (just above your bikini line) before surgery. It’s part of our job and we would MUCH rather do it vs you hurting yourself doing it.
Shaving after birth
I would give yourself some time to heal a bit after delivery and certainly, don’t shave in the vaginal area until your 6 weeks are up, just like vaginal rest. It would definitely increase your chance of infection before that area is totally healed-up.
Shaving While Breastfeeding
Honestly, I can’t see this as too much of an issue unless it’s nipple hair, but you can always ask a lactation consultant.
Ok, time for the big question… the one every whispers to me…
Should I Shave my Pubic Hair Before Giving Birth?
As you get closer to your due date it is normal to wonder this question. Often around 38 weeks of pregnancy, many women find this question quite pressing.
No, it is 100% up to you. It does NOT MATTER!
I want to state this categorically. There is NO reason to avoid healthcare or seeing a doctor because you aren’t shaved/waxed/clean down there.
A lot of different nationalities/cultures have different feelings on that area of the body and shaving in general. It really is a personal choice.
When I worked in CA very few people shaved their pubic hair.
In Arizona, more do it, but probably not the majority.
And I don’t care. At all.
The good news is that we also realize that it’s an almost impossible task to do it like you used to!
Sometimes, if the doctor plans to give you an episiotomy, he will cut some of your hair so that it makes for easier/safer sewing up — but it’s not a big deal at all.
I have a slogan I always say — “You’ve seen one vagina, you’ve seen them all” — and frankly, it’s pretty true. They all look pretty similar and as soon as I leave the room I basically forget what it looked like because I’ll just be seeing another one in a few minutes.
We really look at vaginas in a very different way than normal people and we mostly just want you comfortable and happy. 🙂
But, let’s be honest — there’s likely a WHOLE lot that you’re not feeling confident about when it comes to delivery day. Can I just ask you to check out The Online Prenatal Class for Couples?
Shaving During Pregnancy FAQ’s:
While it depends a LOT on personal preference, the safest way to shave is likely with an electric shaver as it’s the least likely to cause irritation, nicks or cuts.
We do shave the top of your pubic hair prior to a cesarean section (to prevent ingrown hairs in the incision area and infection) but no shaving is done prior to a vaginal birth.
All of that is up to you — arms, legs, belly, underpits are all shaven according to personal preference. Full hair growth has no risks (or benefits) that we are aware of. Go au naturel if you want!
There is no firm weeks of gestation rule in which you should stop shaving at a certain point. It is a matter of preference, but make sure it’s YOUR preference, not for your providers or anyone else.
It is normal for your lady bits to have a distinct odor, don’t worry about it, it’s normal and you shouldn’t be embarrassed. Shaving may help (or sometimes hurt) that situation.
There can be health complications like infection, or an increase in bladder infections (UTI’s) especially with pubic hair removal.
I’d guess before the eight month of pregnancy.
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Micheal Elston says
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Hilary Erickson says
So glad you enjoyed it!
This article has me cracking up!! You are so funny and informative all in one breath. I love it! I’ve had 2 homebirths and cared less about shaving anywhere in the last 5 days before delivery, haha!! I do remember early on while pregnant with my first FEARING the dreaded hair exposure. But now I’m like, “Hey, Eve had hair and nothing to trim it for hundreds of years. I’M GOOD. I can’t wait to read more of your posts and maybe even take your pregnancy course. I’ve been studying midwifery for about 5 years now. Time to make a move and get certified as a doula soon.
Hilary Erickson says
Awh, I am so glad. It is something a lot of people worry about, so hopefully I put their fears at ease. 🙂
I wish I had shaved before birth. I was a bit embarrassed when my nurse had to shave me before taking me back for my c-section.
Pulling Curls says
Oh don’t be embarrassed – 99.9% of people have to be shaved by us – even if they shaved before.