Memorial Day marked the official opening of pool season across the country. That means it’s time to pull out the swimsuit – or perhaps go shopping for a cute new maternity suit (hint: Target has great maternity swim wear).
Of course baring it in a bathing suit means you probably need to do some all around mommy maintenance. But is your typical hair-removal routine safe to do while pregnant?
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to removing unwanted body hair while pregnant:
Electrolysis – No research has shown yet that this hair removal technique is unsafe while pregnant.
Waxing – Is totally safe to do while pregnant. However, because you have more blood flowing to your skin in pregnancy – you’ll probably be more sensitive to the sting – especially in the pubic area.
Shaving – If the above methods sound a bit like torture – stick to the good old razor and shaving cream. But if you’re going to shave in the shower, ask your partner to help keep your balance. You may need to use a mirror too if your belly prevents you from seeing “down there.” Be sure someone helps you in and out of the tub, too!
Depilatories: You’ll want to avoid any chemicals when removing hair. There is a risk that the chemicals will be absorbed through your skin, which is no good for baby.
Don’t sweat it! If you miss a spot, or don’t feel up to the task of shaving or waxing – I assure you that people will be looking at your cute belly and not your hairy lady bits.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was very anxious about giving birth. When my other preggo friends would pop, I would ask them to give me ALL the details on delivery. I think hearing the variety of birth stories my have upped my nerves more than soothed them.
Then I asked my mom about giving birth, and her reply was, “If it was that terrible, your sister wouldn’t be here.” Good ol’ mom and her ever-practical advice.
It turns out I was not alone in the scaredy-cat department. According to new research out of Finland, up to 10 percent of moms-to-be are afraid of childbirth. However, the research points out that group therapy can help frightened women overcome their fears and have successful vaginal deliveries – instead of opting for scheduled C-sections to avoid going through labor.
The scientists followed women pregnant for the first time that had strong fears about giving birth and wanted C-sections. Nearly half of the women were assigned to receive group-therapy sessions devised to calm their fears.
During the sessions, the women visualized calm, peaceful births. At the conclusion of the study, 88% of the mamas went on to have a vaginal delivery – compared with the 77% of those who didn’t participate in group therapy. The group also reported a positive birth experience!
There’s a lesson in this study. Instead of focusing on the scary details, try thinking about the positive things, like having gone through a mother’s rite of passage and having a great reward after giving birth – your brand new baby!