Pregnancy is a time of great change, and that includes the need to take extra precautions when it comes to waxing. Although bikini waxes are considered safe during pregnancy, taking simple steps can ensure you enjoy your experience worry-free!
To protect your health and maintain optimum wellness, it is important to steer clear of bikini waxing if there are any signs of vaginal bleeding or infection in the area.
To maintain a safe and healthy salon experience, ladies should take the necessary steps to ensure their salon is hygienic. This includes double-checking that wax or strips are not reused between each client – as reusing these materials can lead to bacterial infections. Make sure your skin is in good condition before indulging in your salon treatments!
To Wax or Not to Wax
Bikini Waxing is safe for pregnant women however OB/GYNs do discourage having a bikini or Brazilian wax in the last month of pregnancy. There are a couple of reasons for this.
As the due date approaches there is an increase in blood flow to the area and the skin becomes more sensitive, this could mean that wax would be more painful.
With bikini waxing, like any other hair removal technique, there is an increased risk of infection and skin irritation. Therefore, it might be wise to avoid waxing as you approach your due date – sometimes vaginal tears occur during delivery and the stitches around a vaginal tear are painful enough without added irritation from waxing in that area!
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (aka – ACOG) suggests that expectant mothers should refrain from hair removal around their lower abdomen or near their pubic bone in the week leading up to labor. Leaving this area untouched is beneficial for two reasons: Firstly, it reduces sensitivity during delivery so any stitches needed due to vaginal tears are less painful; secondly, waxing can increase one’s risk of infection if a C-section becomes necessary. In these cases, hospital staff will use clippers before surgery instead.
Things to Do After a Bikini Wax
Bikini Waxing during pregnancy can cause pain and irritation, however, there are a few simple steps to help ensure you have the best experience possible. Keep in mind that your extra-sensitive skin may need some extra TLC; use these tips to keep it as smooth and comfortable as possible!
- Wax when your hair is one-fourth to three-fourths of an inch long.
- Wash and dry the area being waxed beforehand.
- To soothe your skin, wear loose clothing and use cold packs and oil-free moisturizers that won’t clog your pores.
- Avoid hot showers or baths immediately after bikini waxing since your skin will be sensitive.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated water for at least 24 hours after a wax.
- Do not exercise for at least two hours.
Bikini Waxing during pregnancy is safe if done properly and with caution. However, it is important to take extra precautions when waxing during pregnancy to ensure a safe and healthy experience. It is recommended to check the hygiene of your salon before any treatments and avoid waxing in areas near your pubic bone or lower abdomen in the last month of pregnancy.
Lastly, take care to properly soothe your skin after waxing and avoid any activities that may irritate the area. Following these steps will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience when it comes time for your wax!