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Definitely test-wax part of your hair before starting. My skin can get crazy when I am on certain medication or have extra hormones... I tried to wax my upper lip at the beginning of pregnancy and literally took off a layer of my skin with it. I've had similar problems from being on Accutane a few years ago and being on the pill.

And as others have said, the pain can be more extreme since you're pregnant so that's something else to take into consideration.
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I don't think so much about the "infantalizing" of it as much as I've come to associate having a hairless cooch (except I do like that "landing strip") as my personal preference of feeling clean. I've shaved for years, a good decade nowadays, and simply like the way it feels cooler and, IMO, carries less of a smell for me. Without an air conditioner our home gets to be 100 degrees inside (it was 89 indoors today, in April) and I simply want no hair on my body. For me it applies to my partner as well - I'm turned on when he shaves/close trims down there - much more fun for me being intimate with him. I just hate feeling unclean down there. I like using wet wipes during the day a few times just to keep feeling fresh, kind of like reapplying underarm deodorant a few times during hot days. I hate feeling hot and sticky and feel a lot better body-hairless. Not so much a feminist/empowerment type thing for me...

I'm going to have to enlist DP's help for this later on it seems!
That is something we've never done together. He doesn't seem to have a preference either way when it comes to my styling down there.
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I heard you can get varicose veins from waxing during pregnancy, from the stress on the skin... I don't know if it's true but it's enough to stop me.

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I purchased an epilator specifically for doing brazilian hair removal, partially because I have been wanting to for quite a while now, and because of the horrendous "blood clots" in the hair after the birth of my first DD. I am 22 weeks PG and have used it 3 times. The first time hurt, but the others didn't (except once, I didn't finish the job because it was very sensitive). With hormone fluctuations, I am sometimes extremely sensitive, and other times not.

I think if you start it early (If you want to be hairless for the birth) you will have an easier time of it, rather than getting the first one done right before 40 weeks.

I also do not think removing hair on your own determinism has anything to do with anti-feminism, or setting women back from fighting for their right not to be shaven during birth. I think do what feels good to you, for yourself.
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At 26 weeks my whole "down there" region is so incredably sensitive that sometimes walking is too sensitizing. I can't imagine getting WAXED!

Then again, I'm of the school of thought that if it grows on a body, it belongs there so I'm sure I don't understand the whole issue
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I am the OP and noticed all the posts on this thread. I was 5 months pregnant at the time I posted this and was already huge since baby stuck was out the front and nowhere else! Shaving was becoming painful, not in the pubic area, but my stomach ached from bending over, I got dizzy from bending over, my one foot was swollen and would turn blue if I put it up on the edge of the tub or toilet, and DH was not competent to do any shaving for me. I also had mild discharge continually and couldn't stand the feeling of it caught in the hair! Ick! That being said, I despised the feeling of having my bikini area done the one other time I waxed there (for the week of my wedding in the Caribbean and I didn't get a Brazilian, only cleaned up the sides), so I was too scared to get the whole thing done. I ended up shaving myself bald (so I wouldn't have to trim too often!) and then trimmed as short as I could every couple of weeks. And let my foot turn blue and get dizzy while I was doing it. Ugh.

As for the posts that implied I wasn't natural and don't belong here because I *considered* a Brazilian once in my life so I didn't have to uncomfortably trim for the last 4 months of my pregnancy and so that I didn't have to spend 7 weeks yanking blood chunks out of my hair after birth....that is the first time in the 3.5 years I have been a member here (and 11 years of reading Mothering magazine) that someone has implied that about me. I guess my 2 unmedicated/midwife attended/vaginal births, our organic/mostly vegetarian diet, exclusively breastfeeding on demand for the first 12 months of life and child led weaning after that (and still breastfeeding on demand), sling wearing, non-vaccinating, anti-circumcision, recycling, co-sleeping, plastic hating lifestyle doesn't count for being natural.

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Then again, I'm of the school of thought that if it grows on a body, it belongs there so I'm sure I don't understand the whole issue
My questions is directed to others with this belief (not just the person who said this line, so I took her name out of the quote). Do you (general you) cut your hair? If you ever had an odd hormonal balance or had to take some sort of medication that made you grow a moustache (I know women that this has happened to), would you pluck or wax off your moustache?

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Things we CHOOSE to do to ourselves... Great. Things done to us... not so great.
Agreed.

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I purchased an epilator specifically for doing brazilian hair removal, partially because I have been wanting to for quite a while now, and because of the horrendous "blood clots" in the hair after the birth of my first DD. I am 22 weeks PG and have used it 3 times. The first time hurt, but the others didn't (except once, I didn't finish the job because it was very sensitive). With hormone fluctuations, I am sometimes extremely sensitive, and other times not.
I own an epilator and have tried to use it on my bikini area unsuccessfully. I think I must be more sensitive in that area. I absolutely love my epilator for my arm pits though! I haven't shaved an arm pit in over 2 years. I just run the epilator over them twice a week to pick up any stray hairs and I'm done! No ooey stubby feeling under the arms, no "crap I forgot to shave my pits" at the beach or pool, and no razor burn! You are really lucky that you're having success with the epilator in the bikini area!

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