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Hi there am due in 4 and a half weeks time with my first baby and was wondering about the area in question where all the action is going to happen......
I was wondering what you do down there as far as a tidy up is concerned....
A friend of mine told me that with all three of her births she got a brazillian wax done about 2-3 weeks before the due date...
Im not keen on doing that but was wondering what or if anyone else did anything to prepare this area for inspection so to speak...
Naturally I can't see my bikini line etc now because of my belly but am still trying to keep my bikini line tidy with regular shaving... I have also trimmed the pubic region a few weeks ago but not sure whether to do it again...
Im guessing this is all personal preference i guess but I feel weird asking the midwife or our obstetrician about this... figured i would get more information on here from the wealth of experience that seems to be supplied on this site !!!!!
Like you I tried to keep myself "maintained" down there, but it got near impossible as the belly grew. I planned on having a wax beforehand but could not be bothered getting myself to the beautician, I sat on the couch instead. I say if you want to treat yourself to a day a the beauticians, if it makes you feel good about yourself, but not for the midwives benefit- I reckon they would have seen it all.
By the time you are in labour it wont matter one bit. There are so many other things going on that it didnt matter to me- I could have had the whole lot of student doctors coming in for a lesson and it would not have bothered me one bit. I just wanted the pain to be over and the baby out. I remember (after 20 hours of labour) waiting for the anaethatist (spelling???) to put the epidural in, I had blood and fluid gushing out of me, I couldn't show him my back (and ****) quick enough.
Good luck and enjoy meeting your little one. It truly is a miracle.
Fair question - for my first I was also concerned about being "tidy", and although I didn't make it in for a wax, I made sure I was nice and trimmed (I actually thought I would be more embaressed if I had a brazilian, and decided that prickly regrowth on top of everything else happening down there wasn't a good idea). Second time round I didn't worry about it and didn't care - I hadn't let myself go too much and it wasn't an issue.
A big tip from a friend years ago was to access an electric beard trimmer (no rude puns intended) so you can get as closely cropped as you like without stubble, ingrown hairs etc - that way you can determine how much "cover" you want left.
Before I had my first child (November 04) this issue also crossed my mind. In the end I decided to ditch the wax in favour of a facial and a pedicure which was fabulous. As Mummajack pointed out, you'll have other things to worry about once the baby is on its way out so my advice would be to pamper yourself and go for a facial instead.
Hi. I think all us girls think about this question towards the end of our pregnancies. I wouldn't fuss too much, just a trim worked well for me - and the medical staff have seen it all. I think it's good not to have stubble during recovery, so I'd probably avoid the brazilian.
The thing that had me worried is that if they need to do a c-section they will shave you and ruin years of waxing!!! So I have just a good wax ( no brazilan thanks) about a week before my due date.
Don't worry about what you look like down there with all the blood, poo and goodness knows what else I am sure it would never be a pretty sight!!!
I advised my husband to stay away from that end!
when i had my babies i was told by the hospital, no wax or shave for 6 weeks before i was due.
I would recommend a bit of a trim as I found it easier when trying to keep yourself "clean" in regards to post partum bleeding. But as most people have already mentioned when you are in labour you really don't care what anyone else sees or thinks. I'm a pretty self-concious person but in the act of labour I really didn't care about what anyone else saw or thought.
I too am a very self conscious person, but by the end of my pregnancy I had enough trouble shaving my legs (which I also ended up dropping) let alone pubic hair maintenance! I wanted to but figured they had seen everything before and nothing would shock them especially a bit of hair. And when I was in labour, I wasn't self conscious at all, I wasn't even worried about what they would think!!
Do what will make you feel comfortable, but honestly it ain't really necessary!!!
Good luck with everything!!!
one of my friends whose been there done that told me i should think of getting a trim or something before hand, purely because she said she nearly died when she could actually see the area again!
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I actually was worried about down there with #1 and decided to wait till the dday and do it then so it was clean- waters broke with a gush and I forgot about it. Since then have found out that they don't reccomend you do anything as it can cause cross infections etc, hence why the don't shave it for you anymore as thats what they use to do. So find out from your gp or ob or midwife just to be safe.
I would have been worried and probably done a trim at least, but knew I was a caesar. I have no complaints about the shave job the nurse did to prep me, though it was funny to watch her take out a ruler and check that she'd done enough!
The appearance of your pubic area will be the last thing on your mind once you have delivered your beautiful baby.
Don't worry about things like that, just relax and enjoy the next precious 4 1/2 weeks.
What kind of haircut you have will be the last thing on your mind, and if you have a c-sect they'll trimm you anyway! If it makes you feel any better, i was so doped out that 32hrs into my 44hr labour i realised that my dad had seen me in all my glory. But i didn't care, thank god for those fantastic drugs you get in hospital!!!
With my first pregnancy I was always worried about the appearance of "down there"
For every appointment i would shave and trim just in case they wanted to check it out (never did!)
Near the end my hubby would do it for me (very odd but i was so paranoid!)
After reading these posts i realised that the day i raced into hospital after my waters broke at 36 weeks that i actually have no idea what the area was like....!!!! Didnt even think about it !!
What a crack up ! Just never entered my mind again until now.
Pregnant again and back to the shave and trims for appointments
What a dag!! :o
I was sooo nerves knowing that i had to give birth so i had a bit of a 'trim' and went and got my eyelashes tinted and a manicure so that my partner stayed up my end with me and had my face to concentrate on instead on the parts i didnt want him to see! But in saying that when you are in so much pain you dont care if the queen walked passed! Also when i was close to delivery i ask my partner to check to see if he could see our babies head, so needless to say all your thoughts and ideas go out of your head and you just go with. Best of luck you will be fine, midwifes see it all the time. :) Mum to Connor 14/07/03
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