Having a baby is an exciting, enthralling time in a person’s life and pregnancy has a lot of lovely things to it. However, one of the things that many people find is that it’s very difficult to come to terms with their body while it’s changing, and it can be incredibly difficult to feel sexy or comfortable in your own skin when you’re ballooning out and craving things and your hormones are going off the charts. Your skin will be doing weird things and many women report a lot of excess body hair.
Additionally, many people with vaginas have a specific beauty regimen that accompanies their showering schedule that involves trimming up around the bikini area, whether it’s total removal or a careful pattern. When a baby comes along, it can be difficult to keep up with that same upkeep, especially because after a while, the belly makes it difficult to reach around down there. Some products are also unsafe to use that a pregnant person might be used to using.
In this article we’re going to discuss the different methods of hair removal and whether or not they are safe. We’ll also share a few tips and tricks for keeping yourself feeling clean down there, let you know what to do to keep your beauty regimen spot-on, and offer some advice for how to enlist help—being pregnant isn’t a one-person job, and hair removal is no exception.
15 Is shaving safe?
Shaving is a popular method of hair removal that many people use on a regular basis. It’s perfectly safe when you’re not pregnant, the only complications being an uneven bikini line or nicking yourself, and the good news is that it’s perfectly safe to shave while you’re pregnant as well. Razors don’t inherently contaminate anything, so it’s perfectly safe to use them to keep things trim down there. You won’t have any problems you wouldn’t normally have shaving.
However, shaving can become difficult as your belly expands. When you can’t see down there and you can’t even really reach around, pushing a sharp object between your legs isn’t the best idea. It’s recommended that you get your partner to help you if you’re bent on keeping it shaved, or at least have your partner around for physical support and balance so you don’t hurt yourself in the process.
14 Can waxing harm the baby?
Waxing is another way that many people like to manage their hair, not only in their bikini area, but also on their legs and sometimes face to manage unruly hair. This is good for people who like to have a bald finish. Many people are unsure whether or not waxing is safe while pregnant, and we have good news for those of you who like to skip the razor and get things over with via a quick wax: it is perfectly safe to wax while pregnant, and won’t harm the baby in any way.
The only problem that waxing presents is the same problem that shaving presents; it’s not easy to see what’s happening down there and hot wax shouldn’t be blindly crammed against your crotch. It’s advised to go and see a professional to wax for you. It’s worth noting that many people report a lot of extra sensitivity with waxing. People who didn’t experience much pain before said it hurts much more when pregnant. This can be because of hormones and nerve endings playing a tricky role. However, if you can endure the pain and need that hair gone, waxing is safe.
13 Trimming Scissors
While cuticle scissors or other trimming devices don’t necessarily eliminate hair, they’re a great way for people who don’t want their bikini area getting totally out of hand to sort of reign it in and trim it up as it grows. Often people will do this about every week or whenever they need to, and when pregnancy occurs, it’s perfectly safe to continue to use trimmers to keep the bikini area in line and good to go.
Again, trimming scissors are sharp and don’t inherently pose a threat unless you can’t see what you’re doing. If you need to, ask your partner to help you if you can’t see what’s happening down there. If you’ve been trimming but don’t really mind letting it grow, you can also try that, because most excess body hair will fall out not long after you give birth! Trimming is safe for you and the baby as long as you have someone to help you out.
12 Are Hair Removal Creams Harmful?
Some hair removal creams, like Nair, are excellent solutions for women who like to be bald but don’t like the pain that comes with waxing. This makes a lot of sense; why not put on a cream that takes a few minutes, and wipe all your problems away in a simple swoop instead of yanking the hairs out from the follicle? This is safe to do before pregnancy, however, studies show that you should avoid doing this while you’re carrying a baby.
The reason for this is that hair removal creams have chemicals that soak into the skin, which gives it a chance to soak into your system. There’s a chance it could be damaging to the baby, and so it’s better to skip on hair removal creams while you’re carrying and wait until after the baby has been born to go bald again if this is the only way you’ll trim up.
11 Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is something that many people shy away from because the very name insinuates pain and complications. However, for most, laser hair removal is an excellent way to kill hair at the follicle and keep it from growing back for quite some time. For people who don’t like to keep up with their bikini region, it can be an excellent way to stay bald for as long as possible.
However, if you frequently use laser hair removal, we have some bad news. It’s not the best thing in the world to do while you’re pregnant. While there aren’t any solid scientific studies that say definitively that it’s bad, there also aren’t any that say there are no side effects. In addition, laser hair removal can darken the pigmentation of your skin, which is a much more grisly look than any hair would be. The safest bet is to pass on this until your baby is born.
10 Is Bleaching Safe?
Bleaching is excellent for people who don’t necessarily want to get a bunch of tools and contraptions up in their bikini region, but who do want to keep things looking refined and somewhat tidy. Most of what people don’t like about pubic hair is the color because it’s dark and coarse in appearance. Bleaching the hair makes it lighter and less noticeable. It’s not advisable to do this while pregnant, though.
The reason why you shouldn’t bleach while pregnant is similar to laser hair removal. While you won’t experience strange pigmentation of the skin, bleach is a very powerful chemical that has some nasty effects on things, and it’s not really said whether or not it’s safe for a baby yet. It’s better to hold off on the bleach until the baby is born. Better safe than sorry, especially with a tiny little life.
Not all hair removal happens in the bikini zone. People with vaginas are overly familiar with this, especially. Hair grows everywhere, and it grows even more during pregnancy while your hormones are going off the charts trying to account for the baby. During this time, you’ll probably still want to continue your regular tweezing and whatnot for your face when hair comes in.
Tweezing is perfectly safe. It’s a tool that doesn’t put anything into the skin, so although your skin might be a little more sensitive on account of all the hormones changing, there’s nothing wrong with tweezing stray eyebrow hairs and whiskers if that’s what you like to do. You don’t have to worry about any harmful or adverse effects to the baby, and it’s probably not going to get any more difficult to tweeze your face. To make it less painful, try tweezing after a hot shower.
Earlier in the article, we discussed the adverse effects of laser hair removal and said that one of them was that your skin might turn a different color. As it turns out, you also run the risk of this happening if you wax, and on rare occasions, it can happen when you shave. It’s something that can happen up to six months after you’ve had the baby in these procedures.
The reason for this is hormones. The body is producing a ton of new ones at an almost alarming rate. One of the things that gets impacted is how your skin reacts to stress. Waxing and laser hair removal are both stressful for your skin, no doubt, and when you get these procedures done, your skin will react in a different way than it normally would because of all of the new hormones.
7 Facial Hair
Keeping with the parts of women that women like to keep trimmed up, the face is a place where hair tends to react differently under hormonal stress. We discussed tweezing earlier, which can be good for small stray hairs around the eyebrows or possibly even the occasional stray whisker, but some women get much thicker hair in the face when hormones start kicking in.
It’s perfectly fine to remove facial hair. You can shave it off or wax it off, whichever you prefer. The idea that hair will grow back thicker and darker is a complete myth—while ingrown hairs are something to look out for, it’s also important to note that when hair first starts to grow back in, we see the thicker follicle first before the thinner strand that we’re used to. Shave the hair if you want to!
Electrolysis is a rather uncommon method of hair removal that many people use as a sort of way to more permanently get rid of unwanted hair. It falls under the laser hair removal category of almost surgical methods to get rid of hair in places where people really don’t want to have to deal with it often—mostly, this applies to the bikini area and what we’ve been talking about today. Let’s talk a little more about what electrolysis is in case you’re unfamiliar with it.
Electrolysis involves probing open the hair follicle and destroying the growth inside, which takes ages to regrow and reform. It can be a little on the expensive side, as it does require a professional to do, but it is safe and effective for pregnant people to use on their bikini area. In fact, if you usually like laser hair removal, this might be a good alternative.
Threading is commonly used on the eyebrows for people to maintain a pristine and clean line on their upper and lower brows. It’s good for getting rid of stray hairs around the face and it’s completely safe for pregnant people to use on the facial hair that comes in unwanted during their pregnancy. Thicker, coarser hair responds well to threading, too, because it takes it out at the follicle and makes it hard to grow back in.
When pregnancy happens and all the aforementioned hormones start rioting, thick upper lip hair can be a problem for a lot of people. Threading is good for getting a lot of hair gone in a short period of time, and since it’s most often done by a professional, you’re guaranteed to not have to worry about doing it yourself and messing up. It’s completely safe and effective for unwanted hair removal during your pregnancy.
4 Shaving Mistakes
Shaving is a safe method of hair removal during pregnancy, as we discussed earlier, and there aren’t any adverse effects caused by the actual razor. However, it is worth noting that there are a few risks to shaving, and most of them are a little comical if not painful. For one, people might have a hard time reaching around their stomach, which is why most of these mistakes happen. For another, before you get the hang of it, an uneven bikini line happens to the best of us when trying to shave blind.
Also, getting a partner to help can be really great, but it can also be really awkward. Many people get their really close siblings or friends to aid them and then follow it up with ‘let’s never speak of this again.’ While it’s awesome to have people who can help us out in times of need, it can also be hilarious what things we need help with, and we can only hope they won’t mention it again so everyone can move past the awkward situation.
3 Not Shaving At All
One possibility that we have to discuss in this article is not shaving at all during pregnancy. For many people who have always kept themselves trimmed up down there, this is a little bit absurd, and might even come off as gross. However, it’s worth mentioning because there are actually some surprising health benefits to not shaving down there.
Keeping a full amount of pubic hair actually protects the vagina from bacteria and other harmful things. It’s safe to say that the vagina goes through a lot during pregnancy, so it can’t hurt to keep the extra layer of protection there. It helps balance the vagina's acidity level (on that note: avoid douches at all cost during a pregnancy!) and overall adds to the health. Think of your vagina like a little ecosystem. Hair sort of adds a layer of protection and nourishment to keep everything in check. So if hair removal sounds like it’s going to be too much to handle, go without!
2 What Makes You Confident
Another thing to consider is your personal level of confidence during this experience. Being pregnant does a lot to your hormones, and that does a lot to your body, but that also does a lot to your brain. It’s hard to feel sexy and confident when every day seems like your body has some new gross surprise for you and you can’t stop eating. What you do with your body hair can sometimes make or break your confidence.
Assuming that it’s safe, do what makes you feel the most confident. Whether it’s waxing to maintain a bald, sexy finish, or going natural for a fearless bush, having a little extra confidence never hurt anybody during a pregnancy, and when the pregnancy is over with and a few months have passed—remember those nerve endings sometimes still act up months after a pregnancy—you can get right back to your old self again. Work what you’ve got and don’t make compromises—as long as you stay safe!
1 It’s All Beautiful!
Whether you choose to endure the pain of waxing or the struggle of shaving or the awkwardness of having your partner or a close friend help you struggle through getting the hair off your bikini area, it’s important to remember to cut yourself some slack. You’re carrying another person inside you, and it’s no small feat. No matter what you do, you’re beautiful, and that doesn’t change whether you have an even bikini line or whether you brave the wax.
It can be hard to feel sexy and confident, sure, so try doing little things to make yourself feel better. Take baths, something that helps in hair removal anyway. Own your own body and own what it’s going through. When the baby comes out you’ll have time to work back to where you felt more confident. But for now, give yourself a break. And don’t use douches. Seriously, it messes everything up down there.