Shaving When Pregnant: Should You Shave Your Pubic Hair?

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Some say you should, and some say you shouldn’t. You are left confused whether or not you should shave your pubic hair before delivery. Before you enter the labor room, you, usually, go through perineal hair shaving. It could be annoying and might unleash a myriad of emotions.

Monjunction will tell you why pubic hair is shaved before delivery, how you should shave , and the concerns related to the procedure.

Why Is Pubic Hair Shaved Before Delivery?

In many hospitals, it is a practice to get pregnant women shave their pubic hair before delivery. Here are the reasons why it is done (1):

  • To make your childbirth hygienic
  • To rule out any chances of infection if an episiotomy (a cut made at the opening of the vagina to help a difficult delivery or to prevent tissue rupture during childbirth) is performed
  • To make suturing easier
  • Helpful in Caesarian deliveries

Sometimes, the nurse or a helper at the hospital does the job for you but it could be embarrassing to get it done by a stranger. If you want to be clean-shaven for your labor, then you may want to get it done in advance.

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When Should You Shave?

Experts say that you should not shave or wax seven days before your scheduled delivery – be it a normal or Caesarean. This is primarily to avoid infections on the little cuts in your skin, which could attract bacteria (2).

Shaving pubic hair has been a highly debatable topic. While a number of hospitals advice mothers-to-be to shave, researchers are against it. You may make an informed decision after weighing the pros and cons of pubic shaving.

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What Are The Benefits And Risks Of Shaving Pubic Hair During Pregnancy?

This information might help you decide whether or not to shave your pubic hair:

Benefits:

  • Pubic hair is an ideal place for microbe infestation. This makes it necessary to keep the area clean to keep any infections at bay.
  • It stops infections from reaching your baby. As the microbes tend to thrive in the pubic hair, it can get transferred to the baby causing infections.
  • A clean-shaven pubic area provides a better view to the gynecologist if she wants to make any interventions, su4 Rech as using forceps, during your vaginal birth.
  • Trimming or shaving of the pubic hair reduces sweating and keeps the area clean.
  • It is convenient to have a shaved area so that the excessive bleeding post-delivery does not stick to the hair and make it difficult to wash.

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Risks:

  • If hygiene is not maintained while shaving, it may lead to infections. You must use sterilized or disposable tools for the purpose.
  • The regrowth of hair can cause discomfort due to the itching sensation.
  • If not shaved properly, it can lead to ingrown hair, wherein the hair starts growing inside the skin causing painful bumps.
  • The more practical problem with shaving while pregnant is you need to take somebody’s help because your bump blocks your view of the pubic area.

If you are still unable to decide on what to do with your pubic hair, then seek help to clear your concerns.

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Concerned about shaving pubic hair before delivery?

Do this:

  • Consult your doctor and discuss your concerns. This will help you decide.
  • Talk with your friends or close family members who have shaved/ not shaved during their labor. This may help change your views about this procedure.
  • If you decide to go ahead with shaving, then do not hesitate to take help from your partner.
  • But make sure you are opting for a safe method.

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How To Remove Pubic Hair During Pregnancy?

Here are various ways you can shave your pubic hair:

  • Waxing and sugaring is a method wherein heated syrup is spread over the skin and lifted off to remove the hair. With the growing belly, it becomes difficult for you to bend and do the shaving. Therefore, get it done in a saloon where an expert can safely carry out the procedure for you.
  • You may use hair removal creams as long as your skin is not sensitive towards them, and you have used them earlier. Chemical substances in the creams break down the hair follicle cells and dissolve it, facilitating easy removal of hair from the pubic area.
  • You can also use electric shavers for a quick shaving of pubic hair. You may use it throughout your pregnancy.

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Important Tips To Remember

If you are removing the pubic hair by yourself:

  1. Use your fingers to feel and locate the area while going down and shave off the hair using a hair removal cream.
  1. Get into a bathtub and lay on your back. This position could help you see and shave the region.
  1. Place a fogless mirror on the wall or the floor such that you can see and angle yourself properly. It helps to guide you while shaving.

If a nurse is shaving your pubic hair just before your delivery, then here is what you can do to avoid any anxiety:

  1. Do not get embarrassed while your nurse or midwife is carrying out this procedure because it is a standard procedure followed in almost all the hospitals and the midwives are used to it.
  1. Make sure that the person uses a new razor pack. The packet should be opened in front of you.
  1. If it is hurting you, let your midwife know about it. This is important because any cuts or nicks can lead to infection.
  1. Do not panic as this is a routine carried out both during Cesarean and vaginal birth.

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If you are against pubic hair shaving then let the hospital know about it. Tell your doctor why you do not want a shave, and listen to what she says. Shaving or not shaving pubic hair is a personal choice and depends on your hygiene habits. As there are studies that are for and against shaving, you might want to go by what your doctor says.

Do you have any experience to share? Let us know in the comment section.

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  • Tina Florence

    There is really no reason to shave your pubic hair before a vaginal delivery. You can wash and clean the area and not get an infection. The second reason above is not a reason at all it is nothing but a statement or opinion. It has no medical bearing or necessity attached to it. #2 “The pregnant mom need not be embarrassed when her genitals are viewed by doctors and mid wives.” Child birth is a private and personal event. It is not for the world to view your genitals. Genital hair is natural and it itches like hell when it grows back. Ladies do you really want the ADDED DISCOMFORT OF GROWING YOUR HAIR BACK especially when your are healing down there. Personally scratching with your fingers after birth down in that area is introducing many germs in an area which is very susceptible to infection. Leave your hair. The medical profession is only recommending you shave your pubic hair for THEIR CONVENIENCE NOT YOURS. You will be home miserable with an itchy yaho for weeks!!!! They are back at work and do not care about you at all. Think about it.