Did you know that hair growth in pregnant women can be faster than before? It is caused by an imbalance in the levels of hormones, especially estrogen. Women often notice unwanted hair growth in many parts including their chin, upper lip, nipples, abdomen and pubic area. Which become a little difficult to handle due to the changed size in pregnancy. Some women may consider bikini waxing to get rid of pubic hair during pregnancy. But the question is, is it safe to wax bikini during pregnancy? Let’s find out!

Health Shots spoke to Dr. Rinki Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Aesthetic Clinic to know all the pros and cons of bikini waxing during pregnancy.

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Keep your vagina clean and dry. Image: Shutterstock

So, is it better to wax during pregnancy?

A pregnant woman finds it easier to remove hair from her chin, underarms, stomach or even her legs. However, the baby bump makes it extremely difficult to reach the vagina for hair removal. That’s why many women consider bikini waxing.

Dr Kapoor says, “Keeping the vagina clean is the need of the hour to avoid vaginal infections during pregnancy. But before getting bikini waxing during pregnancy it is important to ask the doctor. Many doctors may recommend pubic hair during pregnancy to keep the area clean and infection free. So if you are trying bikini waxing for the first time during pregnancy, look for causes of infection such as itching, swelling and burning during urination.

Ladies, keep in mind that pubic hair can become long and dry during pregnancy. However, after giving birth, this pattern of hair growth must resume. So, don’t worry! Let us now examine the benefits and cons of bikini waxing during pregnancy.

Here are 5 benefits of bikini waxing during pregnancy:

1. It helps in keeping the area clean and reduces the risk of infection.
2. It helps in controlling the pubic hair growth which is rapid during pregnancy and causes itching.
3. It reduces the chances of heat rashes there.
4. This keeps the area clean and the woman ready for delivery.
5. It gives you long term results as compared to using razor or hair removal cream.

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There are many options for removing unwanted hair. Image: Shutterstock

Here are 5 side effects of bikini waxing during pregnancy:

1. The vaginal area already becomes very sensitive due to pregnancy. Therefore, getting waxed can be extremely painful and unbearable.
2. Some women may complain of rashes or itching after bikini waxing.
3. Hot wax can burn the skin if not done carefully. It can be sensitive to the vagina and can also disturb the pH balance.
4. The skin underneath is so sensitive, and waxing can lead to cuts. It can infect the hair follicles leading to acute folliculitis and boils. So be careful while doing bikini waxing.
5. Rough skin also increases the chances of skin infections which can usually be managed with antibiotics.

Well, bikini waxing during pregnancy is generally considered safe but you need to avoid it in the last 1-2 months and follow all the precautions.

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Bikini wax can be beneficial for you. Image Shutterstock.

Tips to maintain vaginal hygiene during pregnancy

The vagina is an area prone to infections and often experiences an imbalanced pH level. Pregnancy can double this risk so you need to be more vigilant about your vaginal hygiene. During pregnancy, a woman may experience rashes, itching, foul odor, lumps and bumps on the bottom. To keep these problems at bay, follow these 7 vaginal hygiene tips:

  • Apply moisturizer regularly.
  • Keep your vagina clean and dry.
  • Wear cotton underwear as they absorb sweat easily.
  • Avoid wearing shapewear as they can compress your body.
  • In your last trimester, wear panty liners to increase the leakage of urine in it.
  • Trim your pubic hair instead of waxing to reduce the chances of cuts and allergies.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes, instead wear loose clothes.

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