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Why you should never shave or wax pubic hair before giving birth, according to a midwife

There are lots of things women need to do to prepare physically and emotionally for giving birth.

From eating healthily, to pelvic floor muscle exercises and breathing techniques – there all kinds of considerations.

Many women choose to groom their pubic hair these days, whether it’s by waxing or shaving, and some opt to do so ahead of giving birth.

But a midwife has shared her wisdom with BabyCentre UK on why you shouldn’t shave or wax before giving birth – and there’s a very good reason for it.

Midwives won’t care about your pubic hair situation

Cate Bell advises women not to shave or wax just before giving birth

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Dr Cate Bell, a practising midwife in Sussex and a hypnobirthing practitioner, said: "Our current advice is that you don’t shave or wax your pubic area just prior to giving birth

"This increases your risk of an infection especially if you have an operative procedure like a Caesarean section".

This is because shaving and waxing actually cause micro-abrasions on the skin’s surface which can become infected – which is not something you want to be worrying about if you’re about to have a baby.

On parenting forums there’s no shortage of posts from women who want to know what the etiquette is when it comes to pubic hair before birth.

Many wonder whether midwives expect mums-to-be to have groomed because it makes the job easier, or because they feel conscious about having a team of medical staff inspecting the area.

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The fact is, your birthing team really will not care what your pubic hair looks like – the most important thing is that you are comfortable.

This recommendation, echoed by Cate, came about relatively recently.

According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, which aimed to update research about hair removal, significantly fewer infections occur with going natural than with shaving.

So put the razor down, and, if you want to wax, ensure it’s done well in advance of the birth.

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