It’s a bit of a hairy topic but if you’re planning on giving birth any time soon, midwives have advised not to groom your pubic hair in preparation for labour.

It’s quite a trend these days to have a bit of a style ‘down there’, whether it’s achieved through shaving, waxing or plucking. But a midwife has advised readers on BabyCentre UK that women shouldn’t shave or wax before giving birth. And she shares the reason why.

A practising midwife in Sussex in the UK, Dr Cate Bell, 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”.


As reported in the Mirror, shaving and waxing can cause micro-abrasions on the skin’s surface which can then become infected. And this is certainly not something you want to worry about with a new born bub to look after.

A popular topic on parenting groups is around pubic hair etiquette when giving birth. Mums assume being hairless will make labour easier and cleaner.

However, the truth is, is that the birthing team don’t really care either way – they’re more focused on getting your baby out safely rather than whether you had a Brazilian a few days before.

A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection in 2015, concluded that significantly fewer infections occur with going natural than with shaving.

So there you have it! One less thing to worry about before birth.

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  • Wow I know people like to look good but birthing a baby you definitely ain’t got no one to impress besides it’ll be covered in blood so who cares


  • Pretty sure I was focussed on more important things whilst giving birth. Are some women really this vain?!


  • Hair is natural and hair is normal and never ever thought of trimming or removing it for birth. The team were focused on me and baby and not the pubic hair!


  • I think if it is a pre-arranged C-Section they should shave the fine body hair around the area they are going to make the incision too.


  • This is good to know one thing less to worry about


  • It would be wayyy to difficult to groom down there anyway! Who can see passed the belly?


  • I never gave a thought to my pubic hair… Hadn’t seen it in months anyway…

    • Yep! the very last thing on my mind! I could not see either!


  • I don’t know much about this sort of thing but I would have thought with a c-section the area would be swabbed with disinfectant (or whatever the technical term is) before and after so it wouldn’t get infected.


  • I trimmed mine (best as I could, couldn’t see very well). The kid could have gotten lost in there.


  • Strange, They shaved me in the hospital prior to C-sections.


  • Hmm I would’ve personally preferred being clean


  • They actually told me to shave before my c section or they would shave it on the day.


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