To Wax or Not to Wax Before Giving Birth

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To Wax or Not to Wax Before Giving Birth

Many women (and even their medical practitioners) will tell you there’s nothing wrong with a little pampering before the “Big Day.” (Baby’s Delivery Day, that is.) And when you think about it, this is actually a really smart idea. Veteran mommies can tell you, there’s no tired like new baby tired. Trust us on this. Making time for a mani and pedi will be the last thing on your to-do list after baby arrives. At least for a couple of months. So why not go for the big shebang ahead of time? Get a prenatal massage, a trim and color touch up — you deserve to be a little selfish, mama. You’ve carried this baby for almost a year, and the next couple of months (to 18 years) will be no picnic. We say, enjoy the small luxuries while you still can. Okay?

But here’s the real question. Should you get a bikini wax? Or even worse, a Brazilian? (You know we’re all thinking the same thing.)

Will it hurt like hell? And more importantly, is it safe? We’ve heard that some OBGYNs will advise against shaving or waxing down there for at least 30 days before your due date, to avoid the risk of infection. Others have no issue with it; kind of like the whole solids vs. clear liquids during labor debacle. It all depends on your doctor. Our advice? Just ask. See what he or she has to say.

There’s no question about it.

I could see how getting a bikini wax (or even a Brazilian) before heading to the hospital might help you feel “cleaner” (and less Chewbacca-like for lack of a better term) postpartum. Like the aforementioned mani and pedi, “maintenance” down there will be the last thing on your mind — especially if you experience tearing. And I mean, let’s be honest, there are a LOT of eyes (and hands) down there near your lady business. But these guys are professionals. These doctors and nurses have seen IT ALL. You really do not have to be embarrassed. Birth is beautiful. Everything else is secondary. And if you are going to do it? Maybe try not to wait until the last minute. About a month before your due date seems ideal.

If you aren’t consistently getting waxed, you may want to consider going another route.

Let me be clear, I would not (under any circumstance) recommend getting waxed for the very first time, right before giving birth. Some women say they experience more pain and even bleeding with waxing during pregnancy. Yikes! Better yet, can you even imagine trying to get your legs over your head (and your big pregnant belly) for the poor aesthetician to get at you? The imagery alone is downright laughable. It might just be easier (and slightly less awkward) to hop into the shower as labor begins, and let your significant other help you tidy up a bit — you know, because it’s hard to see around the baby bump. Whatever you decide, you do you.


Tell us! Did you decide to wax before giving birth?

Why did you decide this (or not)? Did you experience any problems or complications? We’re curious and want to hear! Feel free to share in the comments section below. Happy laboring, Mama Chicks!

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  • Barbara
    August 9, 2018

    I got a Brazilian about two weeks before my due date and let me tell you, it was so nice to not have to worry for a while after giving birth. Now, mirroring the article, I would NOT recommend getting your first Brazilian within weeks of your due date (so many reasons), but I would recommend getting one if you’ve done it before. And definitely get yourself a manicure/pedicure beforehand, too. Nothing makes you feel a little teeny bit better than finally being able to see your feet after months and months and seeing nice feet at the bottom 🙂 And who knows when you’ll find time to get another one. Splurge while you can!

  • Banquo
    November 2, 2018

    I just got a full brazillian SUGAR WAX done at 38 WEEKS pregnant! I didn’t do it for the doctors and nurses sake, they DGAF! This was all for me!

    I like the idea of being cleaner down there for all the post partum joys, plus its that little extra boost of ‘damn, I look good’ which I feel will come in handy when I feel like a malnourished dairy cow..

    I used to epilate regularily in my early 20’s but haven’t in years, so this was my first wax ever! It wasn’t ‘comfortable’ but it was NOT as painful as some women make it out to be! Epilating is way worse and that was when I used to drink vodka and pop pain killers to get through it! Obviously non of which I could do this time.. To be honest I was much more uncomfortable at the dentist! Sugaring is a breeze!

    If getting a brazillian before labour is something you want to do for yourself, do it! I highly recommend a SUGAR wax from a reputable spa or salon. The one I went to specializes in brazillians and had no issues with my pregnancy!

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