Do’s and Don’ts of Hair Removal During Pregnancy

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez September - 22 - 2014
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Many moms-to-be wonder how to go about removing unwanted hair during their pregnancy– especially as it starts growing in darker and thicker because of changing hormones. While options are certainly limited during this time due to safety concerns, that doesn’t mean you have to spend the next nine months au natural.

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Pregnancy Hair-removal Don’t’s-

Creams/lotions/Gels– While these may seem like harmless, quick and easy options, hair removal creams, lotions and gels contain the active ingredients barium sulfide powder and calcium thioglycolate which dissolve the hair. While there is no proof that they have negative effects on pregnancy, it is probably best to err on the cautious side and skip them until after you give birth.

Bleaching– This too may also seem like a good option since you are only lightening the hair rather than completely removing it. However, since bleaches are applied directly to the skin, your skin can absorb the chemicals. No studies have proven that these chemicals are not bad for the unborn child, so avoid bleaching for now.

Electrolysis and Laser Hair removal– There is no reason to receive electrolysis or laser hair removal during your pregnancy since the dangers strongly outweigh the benefits. Since laser hair removal requires your hair to be targeted by a laser light and electrolysis targets your hair through an electric current, these methods could be risky for expecting mothers. Both procedures require many sessions spread over many months before they can show results. Since you probably won’t start visibly benefiting from it until after you give birth, you might as well wait until then to start.

Pregnancy Hair-removal Do’s

Tweezing– Since twee-zing does not require any chemical procedures, this may be your safest bet for removing small areas of hair.

Shaving– For larger areas of hair, feel free to shave, but be twice as cautious with your razor since your skin will be more sensitive during this time and replace your razor head after each shave. At a certain point in your pregnancy, you may have a difficult time reaching certain parts of your body, so, if it doesn’t sound too cringe-worthy, you might want to enlist your partner’s help.

Waxing– This approach is favored by many women who want to remove large areas of hair, since a professional can reach areas that you may not be able to reach on your own- just make sure to get the OK from your doctor before you head to the salon. Since your skin is extra sensitive, have your waxer do a spot test to make sure the pain is bearable and your skin does not have any allergic reactions. Also remember to use a soothing antiseptic lotion before and after waxing to lessen redness and prevent irritation and infection.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Lauren (Good) Kaufmann says:

    This information is so helpful! While I was pregnant my skin was definitely more sensitive and got irritated if I shaved too often… All these tips are so great!

  2. Michelle F. says:

    I second what Lauren said – good to know the pros and cons of the options. My skin is far more sensitive when I shave or wax now, developing tiny red bumps. Luckily they fade within a day or two.

  3. Camila Damas says:

    Well in my case. My only option is waxing. I’ve done waxing for years. And that’s all I do as of hair removal. I do a full body waxing once a month. It’s amazing. I have a lady that I trust and do a great and fast job. Razors are out of my list. As the hair grows thicker and within a few days they are growing back again. And it itches and gives me bumps