Post # 17
In the prenatal package that I received at my doctor’s office, there was a flyer (which came from the hospital that I plan to deliver at) warning against shaving or waxing the abdominal or pubic area for 7 days prior to your due date (for expected vaginal birth) or scheduled c-section. I’m not sure why they don’t want waxing done, but it says that shaving causes tiny cuts in the skin which gives bacteria a way to enter the skin and could cause infection.
Post # 18
@MissChanandlerBong: Interesting. I hadn’t heard this.
For anyone wanting to trim in a non-invasive, easy way, I have found the Venus Bikini kit very helpful. It is just a razor that comes with a little trimmer thing. It is disposible and cheap but it does a good job trimming things down. I can’t see what I am doing, but you really don’t need to, for the most part. Best part is, it isn’t shaving so you don’t have to worry about razor burn or stubble. This thing:
Edited to add:
I’d also like to reiterate that it is disheartening to hear that professional nurses are so immature and unprofessional as to make fun of a patient’s natural body hair. I trim up a bit for my husband and myself but have no desire to make my lady parts pretty for some nurse I don’t know whose job it is to help deliver my baby. They see poop, pee, vomit, vaginas, butts, etc. and body hair grosses them out?! How silly.
Post # 19
I’m 36 weeks and still shaving. Sure, I can’t see what I’m doing, but I can still get the job done
Post # 20
I actually always STOPPED shaving when I knew I had my annual coming up and certainly won’t for delivery. I feel like it’s REALLY baring all for a room full of people. I plan to have my mom and sis in there and they don’t need to see all of that.
How ridiculous and unprofessional of those nurses to make fun of natural women… I certainly wouldn’t want to be in their care if they were focused on that at all. I hope you reported them. That’s disgusting.
Anyway, shaving can cause painful razor burn/bumps and I’d rather not have that type of pain on top of typical birthing pain.
Post # 21
I got a leg & bikni wax at 36 weeks and now I’m leaving it til the birth.
Edit: it did really hurt with everything being sensitive down there 🙁
Post # 22
Those women do not need to be nurses if they are making jokes & making fun of pregnant women who don’t feel the need to shave & make it all pretty for some stupid nurse & doctor. Ugh that makes me so angry & so sick! My SO is a nurse & she would NEVER make fun of a patient! I hope those women went through awful deliveries or pregnancies to see how unnecessary shaving during that time is!
Post # 23
@candc13: Just saw it is your MOM who did this.. you must be so embarassed by her behavior!!!
Post # 24
I know that not all women feel comfortable or are maybe a little paranoid about it, but I let my husband shave me at this point (18w) and it makes it much easier. There is nothing pervy, nothing weird about it, he is careful and can see what he is doing and we usually just talk about…well..anything and everything while it’s going on. But, I only have him do it about once a month or every 3 weeks or so.. enough to keep it on the shorter/trimmed looking side.
I feel more comfortable that way, but was raised to understand all body hair is 100% natural and to never be ashamed of it. I also have some hair issues around my neck because of my PCOS and I tend to take care of that every other day. (just a few coarse hairs I tweeze) I can’t imagine it ever getting back to me that someone who considers themselves a professional would be having fun behind doors to humiliate other people for their own enjoyment. I’d be ashamed for sure! No two people are alike, and there is no one way to look or take care of yourself.
Post # 25
My Darling Husband is lucky if I trim it. If his is footloose and fancy free, why shouldn’t mine?
Those nurses and drs can laugh if they want, but eff em. I’m paying them to deliver my baby, and they can talk shit behind my back if they want. But if I hear them, I will rain hellfire down on their asses.
Just puttin that out there.
Post # 26
Off the topic originally begining discussed, I’m disheartned to think there are nurses who “joke” about patients in their care, especially when their job involves a lot of looking at female body parts, so I don’t find that funny at all, and what I find more disturbing that she was discussing it in front someone who wasn’t a nurse, breeching patient confidentiality springs to mind.
On the original question, agree with others, do what you can within your means and what makes YOU feel happier but I wouldn’t lose sleep over it either.
Post # 27
I’m 37 weeks and plan to get waxed soon. I don’t give a hoot what the doctors and nurses think, but I think I’ll feel cleaner and be more comfortable during the recovery phase if I’m hair free for awhile. I know I won’t feel like messing with it post-delivery when everything is still leaky and sore down there, and I have a newborn to take care of.
Do what YOU feel comfortable with. If your doctors and nurses have any semblance of professionalism, they will not comment on it either way (and if you do have hair and there’s a medical need to remove it, they will do so without making a big deal).
If I overheard L&D nurses making immature and disparaging comments about patients’ bodies, I would report them. How unprofessional.
Post # 28
Yeahhhh, I went au natural! lol
My aunt though had a bikini wax and got her booty waxed. Like all her hair was gone down there.
Post # 29
Oh Lord – I had even thought about this – I’m 26 weeks and still fine with shaving at the moment but I hadn’t even thought how difficult it will be later on.
I don’t see that this is anyone’s business, it’s up to you but I’ve never felt right with hair down there or my armpits.
Post # 30
My Darling Husband hates a bush down there, so I had him trim me last week. He was understanding about it all: why it was so bushy and why I asked him to trim me. I feel so much more comfy with less hair now.
Post # 31
i just got waxed my whole pregnancy. i do anyways so it wasnt out of the ordinary. i only had one small tear so i really cant speak to recovery but just the bleeding after delivery…. it would have been so much ickyer with hair… lol