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Ha ha.. I was just thinking about this the other day.  I went to shave my bikini line and realized that I couldn't see it anymore! 

 

I generally shave everything about once a month.  I've been doing it for so long that it really isn't an issue to do it blindly.  Just be careful and go slow, other than that you'd be surprised with what you can get done without a good view. 

 

I have no idea about the burning sensation per say, but I do know that my skin is a lot more sensitive (down there) while I'm pregnant.  The only thing that I can think of is that you have some sort of minor infection (really common) that is getting irritated.  It's worth talking to your midwives about it. 

 

Oh, and I highly doubt that they care whether you shave or not for the birth.  It's totally up to you and what you're comfortable with.


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I am 38 weeks pregnant and JUST shaved my hoo hoo after. . . . 4 MONTHS. YUCK! It was quite the task. I ended up waiting until my son was asleep and then proceeded to break out the mirror. I used my husband's beard trimmer to get the jist of it and then went back in front of the mirror over the sink/counter and used it to carefully shave the rest. I did a lot of the shaving by feel, but used the mirror to my advantage.

I tried letting my husband help me with the last pregnancy, but I chickened out because I HATE getting cut down there! OUCH!

 

This time, my shaving experience went smoothly, I now have a hoo hoo prepared for my homebirth : )

 

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LOL, I try to keep it trimmed. TMI, I havn't trimmed in a while though.

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My DH does it for me. =) It took me awhile to trust him, but now he's a pro.


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Lol!  I love this thread so I am DDCC.  I am 22 weeks and just this week starting to have trouble shaving.  With my first birth, I am pretty sure I looked like a zebra, which I am hoping to avoid this time.  I'll be curious what others say about waxing because I am never giving my husband a razor to put anywhere near that area.  As for the burning...I have had a similar thing happen recently and I don't know why either except that since I was shaving blindly I must have gotten an area with the razor that I don't normally get.  I actually convinced myself I had an STD but then realized I must have done it with the razor.  I am surprised on MDC that others even shave that area and that it seems to be the norm....  Do midwives and OBs expect it really?  I always actually feel a little skanky going into my appointments having taken so much care to shave.  Better than the zebra I guess though. 

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For my first pregnancy I still shaved completely every other day with no issue.  It gets a little interesting and I probably looked like a fool trying to reach around and lean over my belly, but it worked. So far with this one I haven't had any trouble either.  

As for the burning, the shaving cream or soap you're using could very well be causing the burning, even if you've used it forever.  Can you try to avoid getting it on the inner area?  Otherwise make sure to urinate right after you shave (I do this anyway to avoid a UTI).  I know you said it hurts but it's best to get everything flushed out....

 

As for the birth, I was so particular about shaving for my first pregnancy- I did NOT want to be hairy for the birth.  Ick!  So I likely shaved daily, I forget.  

 

I would NOT wax while pregnant- the nerves and blood flow to the area are much higher than usual, so it will hurt like CRAZY!  But, if you are tough and you do try it, please report back :)  Lol!

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Wow, somebody has been reading my mind! I was just mentioning this to my husband yesterday. I said, "I can't see well enough down there to shave now! mecry.gifAnd I can barely bend to shave my legs. What am I supposed to do?!" I am like the OP here; I prefer to be nicely trimmed just for my own comfort, even if other people might not care during my birth. My husband responded, "Go to a spa and get it waxed?" Yeahhhh no effin way. LOL. I can't handle that pain in the first place, but even so, I'd end up so bloodied and bruised because of the increased blood flow and sensitivity. NO THANKS!

 

So now that I know other women have figured out how to trim while super big bellied pregnant... I think I have more confidence to attempt in the near future. lol.gif  Good thread.


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I went and got mine waxed 3 weeks ago and it is still hair free.  I just got a regular bikini wax and the pain wasn't that bad.  I guess it just depends on whether or not you want extra pain at this time in  your pregnancy but for me, it was worth it.  I haven't even thought about it for a few weeks.  Once it's long enough I'm going back to get it done again.  Shaving just leaves me with nasty razor bumps!

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If the burning is within the lips and not where the razor touches, are you sure it's not little bitty hairs getting into there and irritating it? I know it feels irritated when I get a bit of hair in there. I'm actually thinking about getting a wax so that I don't have to shave. lol

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This time, my shaving experience went smoothly, I now have a hoo hoo prepared for my homebirth : )

 



BAHAHAHA I just found this so funny. It is NOW prepared for homebirth. lol

 

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Jill had you waxed before?  I am wondering how it compares to non-prego waxing.  I've never had it done, but I've heard it's more painful.  How long did it take?  When you say it wasn't that bad, how bad was it?  I need a full report!  I'm intrigued, lol!
 

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I went and got mine waxed 3 weeks ago and it is still hair free.  I just got a regular bikini wax and the pain wasn't that bad.  I guess it just depends on whether or not you want extra pain at this time in  your pregnancy but for me, it was worth it.  I haven't even thought about it for a few weeks.  Once it's long enough I'm going back to get it done again.  Shaving just leaves me with nasty razor bumps!



 

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I have waxed my bikini area- once.  I did it for my honeymoon and have never done it again.  It wasn't any more painful than getting my legs waxed, at least IMO, and it will last for a while. But it is expensive.  And the first few times you do it, you might break out, so just be prepared for that.  Though if the area is used to being shaved, that may cut down on your likelihood of irritation.  As for the burning feeling you're getting, I bet it's just b/c everything down there is more sensitive while pregnant.  The pushing, scraping, pulling, etc. of the process could be enough to irritate the inside tissue.


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I was every 4-6 weeks and yes, it does hurt more now that I'm pregnant...but hey it couldn't be worse than giving birth right?!  Now if you wax for the first time during pregnancy that might be a different story, I'm not sure.  The key is to go to a good esthetician.  It's worth the money to have someone who is experienced.  I'm lucky that I have experienced esteticians who aren't too expensive where I live!  I've been to less experienced estheticians and it hurts more.  Good luck ladies. =)

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I had waxed before...just once.  I don't think it hurt worse than when I wasn't prego.  It took about twenty minutes and the worse part is when they get in there with the tweezers to get the stray hairs!  Using calendula cream really helped soothe the area and any redness was gone within a day or so.  I will do it again so it couldn't have been that bad!
 

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Jill had you waxed before?  I am wondering how it compares to non-prego waxing.  I've never had it done, but I've heard it's more painful.  How long did it take?  When you say it wasn't that bad, how bad was it?  I need a full report!  I'm intrigued, lol!
 



 



 

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I can't see to shave in my pubic area anymore, but I use intuition sensitive skin razors (the one with the lathering part around the blade). I have really sensitive skin normally and that helps! Also, I am going to start getting waxed! Lol I get other areas of my body waxed, and I haven't had anymore pain or redness than usual. :)


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tweezers?!  *faint*

I don't mind tweezers if I'm the one using them.  My mom (an esthetician) used to wax my eyebrows and the tweezing part was THE WORST.  I can't imagine *down there*

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I had waxed before...just once.  I don't think it hurt worse than when I wasn't prego.  It took about twenty minutes and the worse part is when they get in there with the tweezers to get the stray hairs!  Using calendula cream really helped soothe the area and any redness was gone within a day or so.  I will do it again so it couldn't have been that bad!
 



 



 

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awesome thread!  I know what you mean as far as prefering to be groomed down there :)  I will definitely be grooming for the birth.  I like to be clean shaven/waxed down there for my own comfort and preference but for birth it's extra important to me.  NOT for anyone else's sake at all!  In fact I'm planning on being pretty much alone.  The big reason I want to be free of hair is for my own ease of hygiene post partum.  In my experience it's a lot easier to keep clean when hair free and If i'm really sore i wont want to be fussing down there to rinse each time I use the washroom.  Plus it feels nice to be as clean as possible as your flow is workin itself out ;)

 

I waxed in previous pregnancy's and it didn't seem any worse than prior to pregnancy, mind you I thought it hurt pretty bad prior to pregnancy.  I just waxed 3 weeks ago at about 22weeks (and I could go back now) for the first time since spring of 09!  So it hurt pretty darn bad.  Basically those roots were as strong as can be at 2 and a half years old!  My plan is to go in as often as possible from now till the baby...the less time between waxing, the weaker the roots are and the less painful it is :)  There is more to the pain than the root strength/age tho.  My last esthetician double waxed over some areas which should be a total "no no"  some people with less sensitive skin can withstand overlap waxing in one sitting, but typically (i'm an esthetician) this should not be done.  It left me with raw patches of skin which would have scabbed, but I used coconut oil and pure aloe gel to clean/soothe the area for the first few days and it healed up quickly.  I continued to use coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil to clean/exfoliate/moisturize the area in the last couple weeks.  It works great for me :)  When I go in I will give her specific instructions to use powder before applying wax and not to overlap wax as my skin is too sensitive and it left me raw last time...

 

Also hair should be about 1/4 long for waxing, if it's much longer it hurts like CRAZY!!!  If it's shorter the wax may not grip it properly and then it's a waste of your time/money.  I use trimmers just before waxing (even if hair is sparse) to get it all the right length.  Usually instead of fussing with a 1/4inch guard i just use the trimmers about a week before my appointment (sooner or later if your hair grows faster/slower)

 

Hope this helps any of you who are considering waxing!  Sorry I don't have anything to say about shaving, I never did have good luck with that...but I do get sensitive if I use soaps too close to that area..

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Love this thread! This is something that bothered me with both previous pregnancies. I've been at the point for a few weeks now where I can't see down there and can't groom. I can't shave or wax pregnant or not... tried both for years and no matter what I do, I get terrible irritation for days, bad ingrown hairs, etc. It looks worse than just being hairy! But I do trim frequently.

 

I seriously doubt a mirror would work... I am not that coordinated! I may give it a try. Dp offered to do it for me, but I'm not so sure on that one....  

 

I've got to do something. After my last two were born, I look down and could not believe how much hair there was. jaw.gif

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HAHAHAHA!  I'm cracking up (quietly, b/c my DS is sleeping in the next room).  70's porn.  Hilarious!  

That reminds me of the Bradley book, you know, the old school one.  The men are all shirtless and wearing teeny-tiny basketball shorts, the women all nude with TONS OF HAIR there!  Oh mercy!  I know some women and men don't mind au-naturel but I am certainly not one of them.  I feel much cleaner with little-to-no hair.  

 

I'm glad I didn't need stitches last time- no tearing, so I shaved as soon as I could stand to touch the area.  i forget how long it was, but probably not long at all because I can't stand the feeling of hair.  Ugh.  Maybe I'll set up a waxing appt just before my EDD....

 

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Love this thread! This is something that bothered me with both previous pregnancies. I've been at the point for a few weeks now where I can't see down there and can't groom. I can't shave or wax pregnant or not... tried both for years and no matter what I do, I get terrible irritation for days, bad ingrown hairs, etc. It looks worse than just being hairy! But I do trim frequently.

 

I seriously doubt a mirror would work... I am not that coordinated! I may give it a try. Dp offered to do it for me, but I'm not so sure on that one....  

 

I've got to do something. After my last two were born, I look down and could not believe how much hair there was. jaw.gif

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OMG! LMFAO The first thing I think of when I think of 70's porn is Ron Jeremy or Dirk Digler! lol

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 I just make sure to  have my leg on a the ledge of the tub so i can sorta see around my belly and go slowly.  I'm not brave enough to let dh do it, probably since he convinced me to start shaving in the first place and i let him do it then and ended up with major razor burn.

 

 


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