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I received a handout fromt eh doc today and on it is says, "If you normally shave your abdomen and perineum (pubic hairs), it is recommended that you stop now until after delivery to prevent infections."
I guess I don't have to worry about the doc seeing my jungle
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me
There was a study I heard about that said shaving in general can cause more infections and other issues and leave you more vulnerable to things like STD's. I still shave it and I plan to keep doing so.
I am not concerned about it looking perfect during delivery, but I don't want anything crazy going on either.
I have been debating this one. I have several weeks growth going and would like to be more "trim" going into the PP bleeding. Buuuuut I don't want to be freshly shaven or less than a weeks out from shaving when I go into labor. So I either shave NOW or I don't get to until I recover enough that I want to PP. UGH.
I got a similar letter from my hospital, specifically about shaving near my previous c-section scar as they will do it for me to prevent infection. My girlfriends were teasing me recently over not waxing before delivery so I may share this article. They are more concerned with what their doctors see than their husbands. I've never waxed down there, and for the last few months have been shaving blindly, but I'm really not overly concerned with what the doctors see. As I told them, I'm an overweight woman, with a huge baby in her belly, and my lady bits are not going to be the focus of any attention whatsoever.
LOL, I can't say I'm too worried, I can't really see what I'm doing to shave down there anymore anyway, and I figure doctors have seen it all (and worse) before, so figure as long as I'm clean...who cares!
I had DH help me for my 36 week appointment since it was my first "check" down there and I told him to get it good because it would probably be the last time I do it before baby comes. I just can't do it myself and don't want him to have to keep doing it either, even though he really doesn't mind.
We use a beard trimmer so it's never been a true "shave". Something about putting a real razor down there scares me because I know how much it hurts just to nick a leg or armpit. I can't imagine nicking something down there... ouch! And like SarahMc said, as long as I'm clean down there I'm not going to worry about it anymore.
Addison Pearl Wright - Born 1/4/12!!!
Last edited by MamaSugarplump; December 23rd, 2011 at 07:49 AM.
Interesting...what about just trimming? Like only shaving the edges and not all of it?
You can safely trim the overall length of the hair and it is safe to trim/shave/wax the front part (the hair that shows when standing up with your legs together), but you definitely should not shave or wax the area further back. That area (your labia) has much thinner skin and during delivery you are at a higher risk of getting an infection from a tiny cut or getting an ingrown hair as things will be swollen there, making small cuts bigger and any pores where hair would grow much smaller for a bit.
I already knew that. Doc warned me before my last c-section that if I shaved myself, they would put off my surgery. I was like . They shaved me the minute I got to the hospital and that woman was NOT gentle..
So this time I'm way prepared, but I'm haaaaaating it. Blah!!
When I read the little pop up when you hover over the link I seriously thought your doc was going to tell you to shave as close to delivery as possible!! I was like WOW... that's old school!!!
I'm debating if I should use DH's beard trimmer to clean things up down there. But those scare me more than a razor. He had really crappy ones for a long time that would catch his skin. He has new ones now that don't do that... but it still picture snagging skin down there! Yeouch!!!