Can waxing be done during pregnancy? How does it work for total waxing in pregnancy, groin waxing and hair removal in general?
By now – and fortunately – the waxing and body hair issue is slowly becoming irrelevant and more and more women and men freely decide to shave or not according to their personal tastes and needs. On waxing in pregnancy , however, there is always some aura of mystery. Can I wax when pregnant ? How does it work for pregnant belly wax ? And is groin pregnancy waxing prohibited or is it also possible to do total waxing ?
Let’s dispel a false myth about waxing in pregnancy
First of all, it is good to dispel a myth about waxing in pregnancy , indeed about hair removal in pregnancy in general. Shaving or keeping hair is a totally personal choice, which concerns the woman’s body and how she feels more comfortable about her. Doubts arise when you get close to the date of delivery and this is where the false myth starts that to give birth you must be completely shaved and in order. You know, the hair on the female body has always been demonized and it is not difficult to think that this false myth derives precisely from the fact that the woman must always be in order, yes even before giving birth.
The reality, however, is quite different and, in any case, it simply remains a choice. None of the “insiders” care what the situation is like below except for what concerns the baby and its imminent birth. If you decide to shave, however, remember to do it at least 48 hours before the presumed date of delivery. In this way, whether you are waxing while pregnant or using a razor, you will give your skin time to repair and heal any cuts and small wounds. This is the only precaution and indeed some experts even advise against intimate hair removal shortly before childbirth because it could increase the risk of infections.
Waxing and pregnancy: ok, but with some care
Putting this false myth aside, the other big question that haunts those who are pregnant is whether it is possible to do waxing while pregnant . The answer is yes, there is no danger for the baby either, because in fact it is a mechanical action that is performed on the skin. However, there is an important factor to take into account, namely the different production of hormones in that period of a woman’s life and therefore also greater sensitivity.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, in fact, hair growth is regular or slightly accelerated, but starting from the fourth month it drastically decreases . This is because the levels of progesterone, the so-called male hormone also responsible for hair growth, decrease and the levels of estrogen, the female hormone par excellence, rise. Precisely because of this hormonal shift, the skin could also undergo variations, tending to be drier from the fourth month onwards because the production of sebum also decreases. However, the skin could be much more sensitive, which is why you need to pay attention and follow some tips for waxing during pregnancy .
During pregnancy, in fact, the capillaries are much more fragile, especially in the area of the legs and belly where the skin is very tight and therefore very very thin and delicate. Waxing not only involves a microtrauma due to tearing, but also the heat of the wax can damage the capillaries and help make them break, especially if you already suffer from it or, in fact, during pregnancy, when they are more fragile.
Therefore, it is better not to perform hot waxing but to choose cold waxing during pregnancy and, above all, to rely on an expert beautician, preferably trustworthy. After waxing, it is also important to hydrate the skin a lot with products suitable for pregnant women that are highly moisturizing, elasticizing and soothing, that do not contain dangerous substances and are also safe for the child, in case bringing your product from home and then having it performed the massage to the beautician.
Waxing your mustache during pregnancy
Attention also with regard to the facial area, in particular the mustache waxing during pregnancy . The skin above the lip is very delicate and it is not uncommon to encounter chloasma gravidarum, that is, a hyperpigmentation of the skin that becomes darker at that point and which, in reality, is often also caused by the sun’s rays. In pregnancy, however, always thanks to this hormonal variation, the melanocytes are more sensitive and so you need to pay even more attention if you wax in that area, protecting the skin with a sunscreen with SPF50 + and not exposing yourself immediately to the sun. , better wait a few days.
Other types of hair removal in pregnancy recommended and not recommended
When it comes to waxing and pregnancy , therefore, we always recommend cold waxing, that is, with non-hot wax. Other names to define this type of hair removal are oriental waxing, Arabic waxing or sugaring . In practice, the mixture that removes the hair, which looks like caramel or toffee, is heated just in the hands to make it manageable, then spread with the fingers on the skin and pulled. Often it is even totally natural, composed of water, honey, sugar and lemon, therefore very delicate and safe on the skin of a pregnant woman also for this reason.
No strips are used, so the impact of the tear is more delicate also because we proceed for much smaller areas and this is also a plus to avoid breaking capillaries. Furthermore, this type of cold waxing during pregnancy has less adherence and therefore friction with the skin, so a delicate tear will be more suitable for sensitive skin during the period of pregnancy, but above all it will also help to feel less pain.
Another very safe method for hair removal during pregnancy is obviously the razor, so there is no need for tugging or heat. Just be careful not to shave just below the date of birth to emasculate cuts and small bruises that could become infected, otherwise it is an absolutely safe method to use for all 9 months, taking care to disinfect the blade and replace it frequently, perhaps choosing the environmentally friendly razors and avoiding disposable ones. The hair, however, could be harder, so you can help yourself with hair removal with shaving foam or hair conditioner.
Another method that can be used to shave during pregnancy is the electric epilator, which you have no contraindications except that it could hurt more than usual and which, as the pregnancy progresses and the belly increases, it could be difficult to use. . To better reach certain points you can get help from someone or use a mirror that allows you a better view, but still resigned to the idea of leaving a few hairs here and there.
Absolutely not recommended, however, depilatory cream and laser for hair removal during pregnancy . The depilatory cream contains a chemical substance, thioglycolic acid, which manages to destroy the matrix of the hair that is in the follicle and therefore, even if it is not generally dangerous for the skin, it is still an aggressive substance to be avoided in pregnancy, for avoid the possibility of systemic absorption by the skin and thus avoid that certain substances that are certainly not natural reach the child and the same also applies to hair bleaches as well as hair dyes.
The second method, the laser , is not recommended because despite the advanced technologies, not only could it be a much more painful treatment than normal and because it could be easier to incur hyperkeratosis, but above all because they are only unwanted hair and would not have any it makes sense to risk creating problems for the child just to remove them. Better to avoid anything unnecessary during the 9 months and laser is one of those things.