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As crunchy as many are on this board I also know many of you have done this... I am at a point in my pregnancy where regular grooming just isn't cutting it anymore and now I feel the need to get a<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Bikini wax!!<br><br>
I am not a huge shaver, my legs and pits can go months without ever seeing a razor. Even in the summertime. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My DH is a sweetie in that he sees clean shaven skin and says "oooh silky soft, how sexy" or sees furry legs and says "ooh hippy girl, so hot" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> So shaving is done strictly for my own pleasure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I do like to keep <i>the flower</i> nicely shaved, just because I prefer it that way. Now that I am 33 weeks pg I just have not been able to reach down there for some time to do a proper job. Its driving me nuts!! So I am thinking about getting a wax job...DH volunteered, but the home kit was horrid!! The wax was either too hot or too cold... *sigh*<br><br>
I fear the only way out is to go professional. So, dish. Tell me your experiences. Is it horrible? Embarrassing? I am normally a big fan of being nekkid, and have no hang ups about my body. But the thought of a stranger coming at my yoni with hot wax is just a tad frightening to me.....<br><br>
And to make it worse I think I want a Brazilian wax. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> Might as well do the whole darn thing if I am going to do it at all... Pelase share your experiences???
 

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I've been wondering about this as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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Well, I waxed down there for the 1st time ever this week (not Brazilian and not much--I'm just getting ready to go swimsuit shopping). Anyway, it hurt SOOOO bad. Oh my gosh! It seriously took my breath away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: I used Nair wax. One thing I can say for it is that it's certainly effective.<br><br>
I'd never be brave enough to have someone else do it for me, though. Weirdly enough, I was at the store last night looking for sunblock and saw a do-it-yourself Brazilian wax kit. Yikes! After my brief foray into waxing, I could NEVER get a Brazilian! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Not fun, but bearable. However, can your dh not shave you? Mine did when I couldn't reach - he did a good job too, all that practice on face I guess.
 

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I had a couple, years ago, in my non-mommy days...and personally, it was only a teensy bit more painful than plucking stray eyebrows (which isn't any more than a pinchy feeling), but then again I've been told by several unrelated people that I have a high tolerance for pain. Not trying to sound sbrave or anything, I'm no martyr, and pain is DEFINITELY a subjective thing.<br><br>
If you're not real shy about being "out there", I don't think it will be a problem for you - it's not like you're nekkid spread eagle on a table (um, unless you get the Brazilian, maybe, I dunno about that...no hair down there creeps me out on a woman - have a friend who used to get them though, and she said it was kind of uncomfortable having a person's hands, you know, right up in there...).<br><br>
The girl I went to was very discreet, had a towel covering one side while she did the other, we chatted about our husbands while she did it, and that was that - she left the room to let me get dressed.<br><br>
Now that you mention it, I am feeling a bit overabundant down there, and I'm only 21 weeks along...hmmmmmm....maybe I need to make a couple phone calls - we've moved and I don't know anyone good around here......
 

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I've never gone as far as Brazilian, but I do wax my bikini line somewhat regularly. It does hurt, but it's worth it to me... I love that waxing keeps it free of hair SO much longer than shaving and when the hair does gorw back, the ends are soft and not at all stubbly.<br><br>
As far as being embarrassed... It did seem a little weird at first to have someone messing around down there, but I got over it pretty quickly. I guess I also grew sensitized to that kind of stuff while I was in midwifery school. Interestingly, as a student midwife I saw many more waxed yonis than I expected! But, then again, I do live in Miami...
 

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He could and has offered...but I was thinking a more long term solution would be fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><b>donosmommy04</b> I have a pretty high pain tolerance too...that should help I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I was thinking of going Brazilian mainly because when I do shave it all comes off except for a patch up top.... But maybe I will save that for the <i>second</i> waxing. Bah, now that I've typed that I'm still considering calling the cool day spa near me and going full Brazilian...*sigh*<br><br>
And <b>veggiekicks</b> I am SO not surprised that Miami is full of waxed yonis. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Go ahead give it a try. It smarts a little, but I imagine doing it yourself would hurt way more than a pro doing it for you. Before you're putting your panties back on all the soreness is gone. The trick is to pull the skin being waxed very taut, and for that you have to reach down and help. You don't have to see what your doing around your belly, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> the waxer will place your hands for you.<br><br>
I've never done brazilian. I am sparse down there already just a little neatening up around the edges is all I ever do, so I only get waxed about once a year, and didn't bother when pregnant. I would imagine being as far along as you are the most uncomfortable part will be laying on your back while getting it done.
 

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Bitch you are crazy.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry. I just felt it needed to be said. You want to go get your first Brazillian NOW? OMG! Couldn't your DH shave it for you? Are you really sure you want to introduce wax into the equation at this particular juncture? OMG! For serious!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So I am thinking about getting a wax job...DH volunteered, but the home kit was horrid!! The wax was either too hot or too cold... *sigh*<br></div>
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A person can make wax at home and it works very well, that is if you can stand the pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
A google search will find you a recipe.
 

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I'm going to reach that point again too and I'm considering getting a wax. I want to start going to the pool with DS soon and I prefer (just my own preference here, mamas!) not to have big tufts of hair coming out of the side of the bathing suit. I can barely find the time to shave (even while I can still see it) and the area will soon be out of sight, DH isn't here to help either.<br><br>
A couple of questions for ya:<br><br>
Is there a difference in the pain level between doing it yourself with a kit at home and getting it done professionally? (I've tried the DIY kit once or twice with painful, less-than-satisfactory results.)<br><br>
Also, about how long does it last before you start seeing regrowth? And is the regrowth as prickly/itchy as shaving regrowth?<br><br>
eta: One more question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Before you go in for a wax should you trim the hair first? It seems like having really long hair would make it more difficult, but I don't know.
 

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I think it hurts more certain times of the month because of an increase in blood flow, that seems like it would be true for pregnancy as well, but if you can handle the pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> .
 

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I've been shaving or waxing for a long time.<br><br>
Going on this week to get a wax. Usually do it myself, but I want a professional job this time. Dh and I have a special weekend trip coming up. I'd like things nice and tidy downstairs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
It's not that bad really. The mistake most people make in doing waxing at home is to not trim the hair short and to not lightly dust the bits with baby powder. That way the wax sticks to hair, not delicate skin.<br><br>
I keep trying to get dh to wax. I even showed him an ad in the local off beat paper "Back, Crack and Sack! Men's Waxing Salon!" He cringed and went in the other room. What a wuss! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I say go for it!<br><br>
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I can get behind the back and crack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> , but I think the last part there would be even more sensitive than a woman's bikini line, wouldn't it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
To answer a couple previous questions, you have to have at least 1/4 inch of hair for it to work well, so go ahead and trim, but don't trim too close.<br>
I found it MUCH easier and less pain when someone else did it, because they could really gethte right angle (and this includes legs, underarms, and eyebrows for me, which I've tried at one time or another both at salons and at home). Maybe I'm just a spaz, but I could never get the right angle or "tautness" on myself, and it just didn't work well.<br><br>
The regrowth totally depends on the individual's growth rate. If you can go a couple days without shaving, it's gonna last much longer than if you get a 5 o'clock shadow on legs shaved that morning...I'm somewhere in between, and a wax would usually last me abuot 3-4 weeks, depending on the area...but I've heard the more you do it, the finer the hair gets, so you don't need to go as often if you're gonna do it long term.<br><br>
Man, now I'm really thinking of getting it done!!
 

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i do it regularly in the summer & once in a while otherwise. i'm waaay overdue now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> if i shave, i get horrid razor burn & ingrown hairs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: No Brazilian here- just the bikini line. It hurts but less each time. I think the eyebrows are worse & the lip waaaaaaaaay worse! I can go 3 solid weeks before i start getting anything noticable & by the 4th week i need to go again.<br><br>
I attempted to do it myself & will never ever EVER do that again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> it was waaay more painful & i actually bruised from it! eek!!!
 

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Is EMLA safe for pregnant women to use? It's a topical anesthetic cream, it does require a prescription in this country -- though, when I decided to "go Brazilian" for my honeymoon, I was able to find a website to order it without a prescription. (This was 3+ years ago now.) I have heard from friends that it's not too hard to get a prescription -- and that sometimes the salon can even 'refer' you to a dr. who will write you one.<br><br>
You'd have to apply it to the area for a half hour before your appt, and wash it off thoroughly before you go. Of course, you don't put it on the inside, just the outside (where the hair is, obviously). It really did numb the whole area and made the whole experience way less anxious for me.
 

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I have a Brazilian done every month (I feel silly calling it a Brazilian, down here we call it an "exotic waxing" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br><br>
At my beauty parlour they won't wax pregnant women though. Supposedly, the skin gets way too irritable and sensitive.<br><br>
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I used to wax regularly and stopped when I was pg because it hurt SO much more! I would NOT recommend doing it for the first time while pg. The first time hurts the most anyway (it becomes less painful each time after the first) and then to be so sensitive in that area... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> I would find another hair removal method for now.<br><br>
But if you are interested after having the baby, I say go for it. Under normal circumstances, it doesn't really hurt that bad... just kinda <i>smarts</i> .
 
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