Pregnant women often have questions and concerns regarding the safety of certain spa treatments. Most women feel comfortable opening up to their friends for advice in this area. When friends are clueless, ladies often turn to the internet for answers. If all else fails, pregnant women ask their OB/GYN about the safety of having certain salon treatments done while pregnant.
There are some spa treatments, however, that pregnant women are hesitant to ask professionals about, such as waxing services. We have no problem asking about getting our hair dyed or getting a manicure. But we’d rather not have to ask our doctors about pregnancy waxing.
At the same time, pregnant moms want the absolute best for their unborn babies. Pregnant women would hate to expose their unborn baby to anything harmful in utero. What’s a pregnant mom who needs pampering to do? Should she skip out on hair removal while pregnant? Is a Brazilian wax safe during pregnancy? Is there a difference between at-home waxing kits, hair removal creams, and professional waxing for pregnant women? Does hot wax pose any allergic reaction or danger to a pregnant mom or her unborn baby?
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through massive changes. A rise in pregnancy hormones causes the female body to experience more hair-growth than usual. Most pregnant women notice thicker hair down south. It is no wonder that many pregnant women feel the desperate need to remove hair around their pubic area. And, luckily, for pregnant women who can’t stand hair “down there,” there is good news.
Experts agree that Brazilian hair waxing, or bikini waxes, are not harmful to moms or their babies!
Preventative Measures for Safety Prior to Waxing
There are a few things that dermatologists and OB/GYN doctors encourage pregnant women to do before waxing their nether regions. These experts recommend that ladies make sure that their salon is hygienic and clean. It’s a good idea to check that spa workers do not re-use wax or wax strips between clients. Re-used hair waxing materials can spread bacterial infections.
For women who tend to have more sensitive skin, dermatologists offer a few helpful suggestions. They suggest that women with sensitive skin use a good moisturizing lotion before and after hair-waxing sessions. You can always contact the waxing salon near you to ask what types of lotions they recommend – most of them should have some top after-wax products available for purchase! Waxing should not be done if you have any open cuts, skin rashes, or warts or pimples in the pubic area. Again, these suggestions are to protect pregnant women from any risk of infection.
Bleeding, Ingrown Hairs, and Pain
Some pregnant women encounter bleeding when waxing their bikini-line area. This is a normal skin irritation to hair removal. If you see any skin-swelling after waxing your bikini line, don’t panic. Swelling of the waxed area works to cut off any blood flow. This swelling actually should work in your favor and cut off any little bleeding you may experience during waxing. A little flowing of blood is okay.
To avoid ingrown hairs, dermatologists recommend a careful exfoliation of the skin before and after wax treatments. Make sure that whoever does the waxing knows the proper method of hair removal. Hair should be waxed or pulled off in the opposite direction of pubic hair growth.
Main pregnant women feel more pain than usual in the vaginal area during and after waxing. Extra pain is caused by the increase in pregnancy hormones. An increase in pain should not cause ladies to be alarmed.
At-Home Kits Versus Salon Hair Waxing
What about at-home wax kits? Are they safe? Experts say that both at-home waxing kits and waxing completed in a salon are generally considered safe for pregnant women. If you do choose to utilize DIY waxing kits at home, however, be sure that the tools you use, and the environment you’re in, is sterile and clean.
When is Waxing while Pregnant Definitely Off-Limits?
Many OB/GYNs discourage women from getting a bikini or Brazilian wax close to their baby’s due date. During delivery, many women tear vaginally and need stitches. Any hair waxing close to delivery can mean more pain “down there” overall. It’s better to forego any kind of vaginal-area waxing within the last month of pregnancy.
The Verdict on Hair Removal During Pregnancy
For ladies who wonder if a Brazilian wax is safe during pregnancy the resounding answer is yes. Professionals give the go-ahead unless a woman is close to her baby’s due date. Whether you’re just pregnant or 8-months along, you can feel safe about getting rid of that unwanted hair. Please remember to scope out your favorite salon or spa to check for any signs of non-hygienic practices first, or look at prior client reviews of their waxing services.
Before you welcome your bundle of joy into the world, go ahead and pamper yourself while you still can! Take care of that bikini line before you get too busy with your little one.
Book your waxing appointment with Bare Necessities today, and receive a relaxing and enjoyable pregnancy wax experience!