I assume you’ve been pregnant for a few weeks. The belly is bigger and bigger and apart from the fact that you can’t tie your shoelaces, you can’t even shave your legs, much less shave your punani, which you can’t even see. In addition to that, around the 20th week of pregnancy, the extra hormones make your hair grow faster and thicker than ever before. While this is usually great for the hair on your head, it’s probably not what you want for the rest of your body.
How shave your pubic or leg hair during pregnancy? Can you use a cream, can you wax? How do you maintain? What’s best to do before delivery and also when can you shave after delivery?
Trying to shave with a baby bump can seem like an impossible task because it can be hard to reach or see the areas you want to shave. Don’t worry, with a few tips for reaching those difficult areas and a few safety precautions, you can remove unwanted hair safely and easily.
1. Buy The Right Razor
“The right razor? Which one is it?!” Don’t panic! There is an endless offer on the market these days, where you find a razor designed for pregnant women.
2. A Big Mirror
Instead of trying to look over your bump in the shower to see down there, you can simply get in front of a mirror that’s large enough to see your whole body.
3. The Help Of A Partner
If you have a partner or good friend that you trust, just have them shave for you. If you preferr being waxed just make an appointment.
We got familiar with tips for shaving during pregnancy. Now let’s look at the different ways of hair removing: shaving, waxing, creams removal, bleaching, and laser removal.
Shaving is not a long-term affair, it must be done more often. Shaving you hair – anywhere – off won’t make the hair coarser, that’s just a hair removal myth.
Shaving your private area when pregnant may be trickier, especially during the later months when your belly is big and you can’t really see what you’re doing down there. But if you’re careful and patient, you can get it done. Try our 4 shaving tips!
Both manual razors and electric shavers are safe to use, but always use a new blade so you’re less likely to draw blood. And don’t share a razor with your partner, which can up the risk of infections.
Soften your skin and hair before you shave. A good and long soak in the bath will do the trick.
Sit while you’re shaving. If you’re sitting down, you’ll have even greater view to see the area and may be more likely to not injure yourself.
Always use a shaving cream or gel and shave in the direction of the hair growth, rinsing after each swipe with the razor.
Use a moisturizer to reduce postshaving dryness when you’re done.
Waxing provide a longer–term solution to unwanted hair and are generally fine if pregnancy hasn’t made your skin too sensitive.
Avoid waxing areas of the body anywhere if you’re using an antibiotic. Check with your doctor before waxing, to find out if there is a specific reason it’s not recommended for you during pregnancy.
If you get the green flag to wax, you can do it by yourself or go to a pro. As long as you follow the directions, home waxing kits are usually considered safe during pregnancy. Just be gentle and cautious. Waxing while pregnant will be more painful than usual because the increased blood flow to your skin makes it super sensitive. Make sure the salon you choose is clean; the technician should wear gloves and use a new spatula between applications to prevent sharing germs.
Hair removal creams and lotions
Hair removal creams, gels, lotions, aerosols and roll-ons may seem like an easy option, the science is still questioning on whether they’re safe during pregnancy.
These products contain the active ingredients barium sulfide powder and calcium thioglycolate, which cause the hair to dissolve into a jelly-like mass that can be wiped away from the skin.
The chemicals have a distinct odor, which is at least very unpleasant and in rare cases has been known to cause an allergic reaction. So while there’s no evidence proving depilatory creams are harmful to developing babies, it’s probably best to skip them until after you give birth.
While you may have masked unwanted hair growth with bleach in the past, you should avoid this hair removal method during pregnancy. Since it’s applied directly to your skin, there’s a chance you absorb some of the chemicals and possibly pass them on to your unborn child. Also, the many different skin changes during pregnancy can make your skin more sensitive and prone to irritation.
Laser hair removal
With laser hair removal, laser light targets the pigment in hair, damaging the hair follicle to stop future growth. With electrolysis, a metal probe is inserted into the shaft where a hair grows, passing an electric current through your skin to destroy the follicle. Since no reliable studies have been done to determine if either laser hair removal is safe for pregnant women. It’s best to wait on these methods until after giving birth.
Although there are different opinions and views on whether to remove punani hair during pregnancy, the only thing that matters is personal preferences. But be sure to pay attention to the hair removal method. As we had shown, some of the methods aren’t safe during pregnancy.
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