To Wax or Not to Wax Before Giving Birth
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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 go bare for the “Big Day”? 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!