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Most of us consider having a tidy up ‘down there’ at the pointy end of pregnancy – we just assume the whole birth thing will be far more pleasant for everyone without pubes to deal with. But according to a nurse and doula, there’s a very good reason you shouldn’t shave the bush before birth.

Nurse, doula and lactation consultant Angela Grant made a TikTok explaining why you should ditch the razor in the final few weeks of pregnancy.

Why you shouldn't shave vagina before birth

“Did you know that it’s actually NOT recommended to shave public hair after 36 weeks of pregnancy?” she explains. “Shaving pubic hair can INCREASE the risk of infection at the time of birth, even with a cesarean birth.”

“Waxing isn’t necessary either and is usually more painful during pregnancy. (Doctors DON’T care!). Leave the bush alone.”

After her initial video went viral, Angela decided to expand on her recommendation, after some negative comments on the first video.

“In the field of medicine there are a lot of things that people get confused that, just because it’s done, doesn’t mean that it’s actually the best practice. All I did was share the research, research shows that it’s actually not necessary or recommended to shave before you give birth. It was very common for many years, and apparently still is in some places.”

@nutmeg_lc Don’t shave your bush PART 2! #birth #labourandbirth #pregnant #pregnancy #laboranddelivery #obgyn #rn #birthplan #doula #momsoftiktok #prenatal #lc ♬ original sound – NutmegBirthBabiesBreastfeeding

The nurse explained that micro abrasions happen from shaving, which can lead to infection. She said that if it’s really necessary, a doctor can trim public hair.

“Clipping is fine and is preferred over shaving. Waxing is fine but might hurt more,” she added.”

Why shouldn’t you shave your vagina before giving birth?

While it used to be common practice for women to be shaved before giving birth, more recent research has found it can increase the risk of infection for women who end up needing a c-section. Micro abrasions on the skin surface can become infected.

A 2015 study found that fewer infection occur with clipping, using hair removal cream or just leaving the hair as is, rather than shaving.

Did you tidy up ‘down there’ before giving birth?

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  • But if you go for a caesar they shave you down anyway?

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  • Until hospital policies change, I’d be just following them.

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  • It wasn’t a done thing when my boys were born and I wouldn’t do it now either.

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  • By the time it came to that far into my pregnancies, I didn’t care :)

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  • Hilarious but yeah my doctor actually warned me against it, due to the possibility of contracting an illness from having open cuts in a hospital setting. I usually just trim anyway so it’s not a big sacrifice to me. :/

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  • I remember hearing this because of the risk of infection.

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  • Wow I have learnt something now. Had no idea and now will think twice for sure. Great article.

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  • This is a question I see posted alot on parent groups. I must admit I didn’t think about the possibility of infection during birth, only more to save face for myself.

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  • Good to know! Probably worth getting this info into the ‘stuff you need to know before the birth’ talks/take away literature from midwifes/clinic appointments?

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  • Wow, even with a C-Section.

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  • Couldn’t reach it anyway haha

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  • Nice to know

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  • This made me giggle because i got waxed right throughout my pregnancy and my last wax was a week before my daughter was born. I can’t say it was anymore painful whilst being pregnant.

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  • I never shaved in that area till I was older as since they shaved me for a Hemorroid operation and having a couple of children when they shaved you.

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  • That’s great there’s no pressure to do that if it’s best not to and great to know that.

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