Because expectant mothers don’t have enough to think about…
Bottle or breast.
‘Natural’ or C-Section.
Epidural or drug-free.
Brazilian or Au Naturel.
Welcome to the latest thing women are torturing themselves over: Whether or not to get a bikini wax before giving birth.
The ‘Should I…?’ question has loomed over pregnant women since the Full Bush made way for the Brazilian. And online forums are full of mothers and mums-to-be debating the pros and cons of bikini waxing before birth.
One pro-waxer who got a Brazilian and a pedicure before both her babies were born writes: “I know obstetricians and nurses have seen every type, shape and amount of hair down there, and that no woman should be embarrassed if her lady bits aren’t neat and tidy, but I’m just so used to being groomed.”
Rebecca Eckler adds: “Wouldn’t you want to look and feel beautiful for what is most definitely one of the biggest events in your life? I can’t think of a better time to look your best… Feeling ready for your close-up can give you a small sense of control.”
But if you’re pregnant or got here because you Googled the words “wax before birth”, put down the at-home waxing kit or cancel your appoint.
Because no one cares about your pubic hair in the labour ward.
After giving birth twice, I get it, I really do.
As someone who went into labour four weeks early, I’d filed my pubic hair situation under Things To Do Before The Baby Comes. Except that time never came.
When my waters broke at 2 am, completely unprepared for what was about to unfold, I briefly contemplated shaving my legs and bikini line. But since contractions and razors don’t generally mix, I went with the ‘Nah, stuff it’ option instead. And I’m glad I did. If I had spent time de-fuzzing, it’s very likely my daughter would have arrived via an unintentional homebirth.