Looking Your Best During Pregnancy: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Beauty Questions

What's the Best Way to Remove Unwanted Hair?

Feeling particularly hairy during pregnancy? If it seems you have extra hair on your face, belly, legs, or other parts of your body, you're probably not imagining it. The hormones of pregnancy boost hair growth. To make matters worse, as your belly grows, it can be nearly impossible to see your legs (or any area below your waist) well enough to maintain a hair-free look with ease.
 
Pregnant women have a few different options for removing unwanted hair, including hair removal creams or gels (called depilatories), waxing, or shaving. Waxing and shaving are your safest options, and they're generally safe for most pregnant women. The choice between the two really depends on your personal preference -- some pregnant women like the ease of waxing, while others prefer the convenience of shaving.
 
Most depilatories contain barium sulfide powder or calcium thioglycolate as their active ingredients. You might want to avoid them, because it's not entirely clear that these chemicals are completely safe for use during pregnancy -- there aren't any studies demonstrating that they don't cause harm. That said, there isn't any evidence showing that they do cause harm, either.
 
If you do choose to use a depilatory, test it on a small area of skin first, as some women can have an allergic reaction. Also, make sure you're using it in a well-ventilated area, since depilatory chemicals can cause an unpleasant odor.
 
If you choose to go with waxing, you'll want to check with your healthcare provider first to make sure it's safe for you. Once you get the okay, you'll need to decide whether you'll do it at home using a home waxing kit or at a salon.
 
At-home waxing is normally less expensive, making it easier on your budget. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Salon waxing, on the other hand, might be easier on you, especially if you're so far along that your belly is blocking your view. If you go to a salon for your waxing needs, make sure you choose a reputable one.
 
The main downside to waxing is that your skin may be extra sensitive during pregnancy, so you might find waxing particularly painful. Try using an antiseptic lotion before and after waxing to help reduce irritation and prevent infection.
 
If you prefer the shaving route, you might find it easiest to sit down. You can invest in a bath chair, or sit in the tub or on the edge of your bed. Make sure to use a new blade or an electric razor and plenty of shaving cream or gel while you're shaving to help avoid nicks and cuts. Afterward, slather on some lotion to keep your skin nice and soft. As your belly continues to grow, don't be afraid to ask your partner for a little help.
 
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