Waxing During Pregnancy: Should I do it?

July 3, 2024

Many expectant mothers wonder if it’s safe to continue with their usual beauty routines, including waxing.

In this article, we’ll explore all aspects of waxing during pregnancy, providing helpful advice and reliable information to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.

Can you do waxing during pregnancy?

The short answer is yes, generally waxing can be done during pregnancy.

However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.

Skin during pregnancy can become more sensitive and delicate due to hormonal changes.

This could make the waxing procedure slightly more painful than usual or cause skin irritations more easily.

It’s always advisable to consult your gynecologist before undergoing any beauty treatment during pregnancy, including waxing.

Every pregnancy is unique, and your doctor can assess your specific situation and give you personalized advice.

If you decide to proceed with waxing, make sure to go to a professional beauty center that uses high-quality products and follows strict hygiene procedures.

Always inform the beautician about your pregnancy so they can take any additional precautions.

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Is bikini waxing possible during pregnancy?

The bikini area is particularly delicate, and during pregnancy, it can become even more sensitive. Bikini waxing during pregnancy is generally considered safe, but it requires some extra care.

As pregnancy progresses, it might become more difficult to reach the bikini area on your own. In this case, it’s preferable to rely on a professional beautician.

Additionally, the increased blood flow to the pelvic area could make the skin more sensitive and increase the risk of small bleeding or irritations.

If you decide to get a bikini wax during pregnancy, opt for gentle and hypoallergenic waxes. Some women prefer to switch to alternative hair removal methods for this area during pregnancy, such as an electric razor or depilatory cream (with Md approval).

It’s important to note that as the due date approaches, many gynecologists advise against complete hair removal in the bikini area.

This is because pubic hair has a protective function during childbirth, reducing the risk of infections.

You can opt for partial hair removal or wait until after delivery for complete hair removal.

How to manage hair removal during pregnancy

Managing hair removal during pregnancy may require some adjustments to your usual routine. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Choose the right time: If you decide to wax, schedule your appointment during the second trimester. During this period, pregnancy symptoms are usually less intense, and the skin is less sensitive compared to the first trimester.
  2. Do a sensitivity test: Before proceeding with waxing on large areas, do a test on a small patch of skin to check for any reactions.
  3. Hydrate your skin: Keep your skin well-hydrated before and after waxing. Use natural and gentle products suitable for sensitive skin.
  4. Consider alternatives: If you find waxing too uncomfortable, you can opt for alternative methods such as an electric razor or threading for facial hair.
  5. Pay attention to hygiene: Whether you choose to wax at home or at a beauty center, make sure all tools are clean and sterilized to avoid the risk of infections.
  6. Listen to your body: If you feel excessive pain or notice unusual irritations, stop the treatment immediately and consult your doctor.

Remember that during pregnancy, it’s normal to notice faster hair growth in some areas of the body.

This is due to hormonal changes and usually returns to normal after childbirth. Don’t feel pressured to maintain a hair removal routine if it causes you discomfort or stress.

We at Informed Parent are here for you

Pregnancy is a wonderful but sometimes complex journey, full of questions and decisions to make. At Parentalife, we understand your concerns and are here to support you in every aspect of this journey, including issues related to personal care and well-being.

Our goal is to provide you with accurate information and practical advice to help you experience your pregnancy with serenity and awareness.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or support. We’re here to accompany you through every stage of your pregnancy, offering you guides, support and resources you need to experience this journey in the most serene and informed way possible.

SOURCES

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About the Author

Severino Cirillo

Health, Wellness and Education Expert. With a degree in Community Health, he is the CEO of Informed Parent and is responsible for validating the blog's scientific information and coordinating the editorial team of experts, consisting of gynecologists, midwives, psychotherapists, and others in pregnancy, perinatal, and parenting wellness and health.