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<p>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 ;)</p>
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<p>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...</p>
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<p>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)</p>
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<p>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..</p>
 

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<p>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.</p>
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<p>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....  </p>
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<p>I've got to do something. After my last two were born, I look down and could not believe how much hair there was. <img alt="jaw.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/jaw.gif"></p>
<p>It was like 70s porn up in there. </p>
 

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HAHAHAHA!  I'm cracking up (quietly, b/c my DS is sleeping in the next room).  70's porn.  Hilarious!  </p>
<p>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.  </p>
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<p>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....</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TalkToMeNow</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1324122/grooming-down-there-right-now-at-6-mos-preg-for-the-birth-what-are-you-ladies-doing-planning/20#post_16588604"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>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.</p>
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<p>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....  </p>
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<p>I've got to do something. After my last two were born, I look down and could not believe how much hair there was. <img alt="jaw.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/jaw.gif"></p>
<p>It was like 70s porn up in there. </p>
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<p><span style="color:#008080;"> 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.</span></p>
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