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Grooming the lady parts while pregnant - TMI

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
I was wondering how others groom their lady parts once you can't see past the belly? I am unfortunately blessed in this area, and I like things to be on the tidier side, but I am not into things like waxing both because I have super-sensitive skin, and it is not cheap. I am thinking about that Norelco body groomer thing, but I'm just not sure. When I can see down there, I just use scissors. I could still use scissors, but can't think of a comfy position to hold a mirror in to see what I'm doing. Last pregnancy I could see there for longer or was carrying differently, so it wasn't as much of a problem. What do you ladies do?

P.S. I also don't trust DH to help. He is not the best with the fine motor skills.
post #2 of 48
I'm 24 weeks and wondering the same thing. What little bit I can see involves a mirror or excruciating yoga positioning! LOL I told Dh he'd have to be my new groomer soon but he's not impressed.

I did ask some other ladies about this and one who work in a salon says it's not an unusual request when pregnant women come in and just want things tidied up. It's often women who don't usually get waxed but can't see to trim themselves. I still think it may be more than I want to spend.
post #3 of 48
When I'm pregnant I usually do one of two things either A) stand in front of my bathroom sink mirror since it is a full body it works pretty well, or B) I trim while in the bathtub so that I'm kinda lying back some. This helps flatten out the belly a little making it easier to see. I use a razor and I do admit that once I get farther along it isn't as great a job as when I'm not pregnant but it generally keeps things under control, LOL.
post #4 of 48
I'm not 100% sure because I haven't gotten to that point yet (18 weeks), but up till now I can pretty much trim things up by feel by using one of those little vibrating trimmer things that have interchangeable length heads. They are about $15 in the line up at wal mart and similar stores- it's called "bikini touch" and I think it's an "as seen on TV" product. You can't shave with it but it will trim to your desired length and if you have one of the longer heads on it you can pretty much just drag it around wherever and not make too much of a mistake! It is rather messy so I use it over the tub (but not wet).
post #5 of 48
I second using a mirror...but towards the end of my pregnancy I was so huge, that didn't even work (and I kind of stopped caring) PP I was SO happy be be able to see my fee/lower body again!
post #6 of 48
I managed to tidy up this weekend (26 weeks) by lying back in the tub. Like a PP said, it let my tummy flatten just enough to *barely* see over it. I was still sure I had probably given myself bald spots, though. I got out and had to ask DH if it looked okay. I used a razor to clear off the bikini line and then just used the razor to trim the longest bits. That said, I doubt I'll be able to do it again... I could only barely do it this time.
post #7 of 48
I actually let DH even though it is very stressful . Mostly, though, I don't bother ....
post #8 of 48
I usually ask DH to help, but I also don't bother with it as much as when I'm not pregnant. If you use an electric razor with a guard, it's hard to actually cut your skin. It certainly can happen, but the guard does a pretty good job at keeping the cutting part away from skin. I would caution against doing it yourself, though. I did that shortly before my second child was born and, from the birth pics, it looks like a lawnmower went crazy down there. Things were all uneven and I'm sure the dr and nurses have seen crazier things, but it still didn't look good.
post #9 of 48
I use a beard and mustache trimmer to keep things a little shorter down there and then I trim the edges with a razor by feel. Works for me.
post #10 of 48
http://thepeachtart.blogspot.com/
Scroll down...a lady finds an "artist" on craigslist. Maybe there is such a service near you?

I errr...someone I know trims what is visible with sharp hair scissors then shaves by feel. Its very nerve-wracking, but its kind of like always wear clean underpants in case of emergency.
post #11 of 48
We have a Robocut that DH uses to cut his own hair, which is just like a Flowbee, and I'm planning on trying that out shortly (pun, ha ha).
post #12 of 48
This is my first pregnancy and I can still see enough to do it myself. But, I'm already to my husband that he'll get the honors in the future, and he's quite excited. Dare I use the emoticon to represent my husband... the one with the fork and knife? LOL!
post #13 of 48
I've never gotten to a big pregnant before, but I usually use a remington personal groomer (sold for beards and mustaches) for keeping things trimmed up down there. It has attachments to keep the cutting parts from going right against your skin, but I use it without the guard, and have only gotten overzealous once or twice.

DH will use it with the guard once I can't see anymore. he isn't thrilled about it, but would rather do that than see the alternative...
post #14 of 48
This thread made me giggle remembering how stupid I was about 5 1/2 years ago. I was hugely pregnant with my ds. I had never really trimmed the middle area down there, just a bit on the sides and not for quite awhile. I had a ton of pelvic pressure that wasn't allowing me to sleep. I was convinced I had hairs that were getting pulled and thats what was causing the pain. One night I got up, frustrated and exhausted. I went into the bathroom, took out a hand mirror, laid it on the floor, propped my foot on the toilet, and started shaving down there. With a regular disposable razor. Oh. My. Word. It did NOT feel better. I still had the pelvic pressure, and in addition it itched like CRAZY. Never again will I take anything sharp to any part of my body while pregnant.
post #15 of 48
I became a fan of waxing years ago while prepping for a vacation in the sun and not wanting to deal with shaving everyday or ingrown hairs, rashes or itching. I used to only go every few months but now I go every 6 weeks and it is so worth the 20 minutes of pain to not worry about for weeks. I agree that it is pretty pricey, I think the price should drop as the hair down there thins out..., but I've decided I will give up other luxuries for this one! I'm 34 weeks and went in for my most recent wax a couple weeks ago and have another one planned for 38 weeks. I am in the camp that I have to have things in order down there, plus I swim a lot at the gym so needing that area kept is pretty necessary. Plus, I have to admit, I've watched birthing videos... and although at the time I know I won't give two hoots what everything is like down there except for what's coming out, I'd be horrified if I looked liked some of the women in the videos . So yeah to waxing! My DH has offered to help do an at-home wax though - I told him only if he let me use it on him too He declines the offer!
post #16 of 48
Thread Starter 
Maybe the mustache trimmer is the way to go - much less pricey than the items meant for body grooming, especially since I only want to do the one area. Glad to hear from the PP that waxing isn't as terrible during pregnancy as I'd heard, but I'm not ready to try it just yet. I've done waxing in other spots and my skin does not like it.

So glad for this community - not a question you can ask many others face to face.
post #17 of 48
I use the little mustache/beard clippers. At 25 weeks, I can still see everything to do it myself. If it ever gets too bad, however, I've got DH on standby for his barber services. He trims himself up using them, so I trust him to do me, too!
post #18 of 48
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Originally Posted by IAMommy View Post
Glad to hear from the PP that waxing isn't as terrible during pregnancy as I'd heard, but I'm not ready to try it just yet. I've done waxing in other spots and my skin does not like it.
Yeah, I don't think it's any more painful during pregnancy than any other time. I usually end up with red inflamed bumps all over after I get waxed and it can be quite sensitive - usually gone within 12-24 hours or so. It looks horrible but it doesn't really hurt that much. The worst part is the pain in my pocketbook! The spa I get it done at has a regular bikini wax for around $40 but I get the extended which costs me $55.
post #19 of 48
I find it strangely ironic that an online women's community which leans heavily towards "natural" everything even has a post about this.

Different strokes, I guess.
post #20 of 48
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Originally Posted by FloridaBorn View Post
I find it strangely ironic that an online women's community which leans heavily towards "natural" everything even has a post about this.

Different strokes, I guess.
I don't think there's too much that's unnatural about cutting hair... just my opinion, of course, but I cut lots of things and have never considered it to be unnatural! (Cloth, paper, my lawn, my veggies, my hair, my fingernails, etc., etc. )
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