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<p>So I am deficient as a woman and have never had a pedicure but since flip flops are now my most comfortable form of footwear I figured it would be a good idea to try one out now that I can't reach to paint my own toenails.  So I emailed a few girlfriends to see if they wanted to go with me sometime this week (Saturday is my baby shower and I would like to have fresh feet for the event).  One of my friends says that I shouldn't get one because it could stimulate early labor and another says I shouldn't shave my legs beforehand but didn't elaborate any further.  So now I am confused, is any of this true?</p>
 

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<p>I got a pedicure on Sunday & I'm still pregnant <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> I also shaved my legs the night before with no problem. The lady will massage your feet and legs, so you might want to shave...no biggie if you don't. </p>
 

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<p>I've only had one and that was before my wedding.  I was really self-conscious because my feet were all battered and calloused from running - very far from dainty and pretty.  I just kept thinking, 'She has to have seen worse!'</p>
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<p>There's an acupressure point around your ankle that can stimulate labor, but you can tell them not to massage very high on your foot.  I'm not sure about the shaving thing.  They do soak your feet in a tub with salt water - maybe that would sting your freshly shaved skin?</p>
 

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<p>My understanding of the pressure point inside your ankle (I believe its two finger lengths up from the bump thingy (lol)) works for the most part like any other labor inducer: It'll work if your body and baby are ready for labor to start. Otherwise it probably won't start anything. I might call around to different places that do pedicures and see what they know about massaging that point and/or if they have any special policies regarding pregnancy pedicures.</p>
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<p>As for shaving...idk??</p>
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<p>Cactuspear: I'm sure they've seen worse. My FIL has had several pedicures and he has the most disgusting feet I've ever seen. I quite literally lose my appetite if we're over at his place for a meal and he doesn't have shoes or socks on, they are that bad. I'd say your feet were child's play in comparison! <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="width:23px;height:18px;"></span></p>
 

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Pedi's are one of the best things a pg woman can do for herself! Just don't let them massage to much or too hard around your ankle.<br>
Not shaving???? No clue about that one. Maybe she is thinking of possible infection?? I shave the night before so that you don't have open pores...bc they put scrubby stuff on you that will BURN into tho open pores.<br><br>
This is my third pg, and I've had pedi's up until labor...and it never has put me into labor or harmed me in any way.<br><br><br>
Enjoy your pampering!!!!
 

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I second the fact that massage will only initiate labor if you and baby are already ready. Further, I doubt that any 3-5 minute massage will be enough time to get it going.<br><br>
As for the not shaving directly beforehand...shaving can cause small cuts on your leg and open pores which then can let bacteria into your skin/hair follicles. This can lead to infection. I don't ever shave (no one at a mani/pedi place has ever commented to me about it although I know there are women who are self conscious) but my friends who do just make sure to do it a day or two before the pedicure.<br><br>
I would recommend getting recommendations from women who go regularly as the quality can vary so much from place to place regardless of the price (ie a low price doesn't mean it won't be great and a higher price doesn't mean it won't be awful!). Also, I never let them cut my cuticles because this can also lead to infection.<br><br><br>
Have a great time and enjoy! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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<p>Made an appt for tonite, SOOO excited, maybe I will get blue polish since I am having a boy :)</p>
 

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<p>I had a pedicure a few weeks ago and I had one when I was very pregnant last time and it didn't start my labor. As for the shaving thing, they say that if you shave the same day that you could possibly pick up some kind of bacteria and get an infection in the pores on your leg. IDK, I don't think its very likely.</p>
 

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<p>Pedicure achieved, no pre-term labor AND I even shaved my legs today :)  I think I could easily become addicted btw, it was very relaxing!</p>
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Gorgeous!<br><br>
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<p>Awesome! I told DH if Im still pregnant the first weekend in Feb Im going to CoCok (its the nail place over here thats suppose to be great but is very high priced so I have never gone) and getting my nails done. Now just to decide what to have them painted with.. Oh giraffes would be cute.. little baby giraffes right before the baby comes so at least my feet are pretty.</p>
 

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<p>That would be adorable!  I would definitely want to see pics of that</p>
 
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