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May 10, 2011

Wax + Pain = Beauty, And Other Such Tidbits of Wisdom

With pregnancy comes a constant state of change. Your belly suddenly becomes public property, you're excused when you lose your temper over ice cream, and you're allowed to be on a first-name basis with the employees at your favorite fast food joint. And as much as all of those things are true, none of them compare to the fact that when you're pregnant, certain things become impossible to achieve for anyone who doesn't have the flexibility of a contortionist.

For most expectant mothers, the words bikini line have long since ceased to have anything to do with swimwear. Most of us hear those words and immediately start the mental tally of exactly how many pairs of eyes will be staring at our glorified nudity as we push another human being out of our nether regions. And then we immediately run to the bathroom to find the nearest razor.

While it admittedly sounds exciting to take a sharpened blade to my bikini line when I can no longer see that particular area, my lady parts experienced enough trauma during my first trip through labor that I have now spontaneously developed a case of Parkinson's at the mere thought of blindly hacking away down there.

So like any gal who knows that bathing suit season will be here all too quickly in it's horrific glory, I began seriously considering my alternatives. Apparently at some point in human history, it became acceptable to have a complete stranger pour hot wax in some very personal places to rip the hair away from your skin. And though I firmly believe that this must have originated from some type of exotic torture, it's allegedly very popular among many women today. This is important to remember.

Several nights ago, I was discussing this possibility with Jonathan and educating him on the various types of horror to which women subject ourselves when the following conversation took place.

Me: I'm thinking of trying it out. But I've heard that waxing is really painful, especially when you're pregnant.

Jonathan: Then why would you do it?

Me: I can't see where I'm shaving anymore. And I don't need a second episiotomy yet.

Jonathan: But women actually do this?

Me: I guess. There's a place nearby that does Brazilian waxing. It's over by Petco.

Jonathan: Oh, that's nice. So you can get your dog groomed and then have yourself groomed.

Needless to say, I won't be going to THAT salon anytime soon.


  1. I've been having the exact same conversation. I would love to be waxed down there but I don't know if I could get the nerve to actually go do it. A friend recently did it and she said it's really not that big of a deal and she loved it. But this same friend is also very open with anything involving nudity and sexual. Lol! When she explained that you have to get on all fours and well, you get the idea. I was like....maybe not so much my thing. Lol! Good luck!

  2. Thanks! I'm a little scared because I've heard horror stories of bruising if you do it while you're pregnant. With all the other aches and pains of pregnancy, I'm not totally convinced I need to be dealing with black and blue lady parts too...

  3. oh i just love your blog :)

  4. I thought about trying it too, before I got married. I was too scared though. Eyebrow waxing is pretty painful, my skin is really sensitive so I don't think I'll be going that route during pregnancy. You could have your husband, umm, do a little trimming. That's what I did last time. Worked great! Plus, I was worried about razor burn, which you can get with waxing too, definitely didn't need to be itchy on top of everything else that was going to be going on down there! ; )

  5. I'm a hairstylist and work at a salon where we have an Esthetician that does Brazilians all the time. She is amazing and super fast and it hardly hurts. My best friend is pregnant right now, only 2 weeks behind you and she just got hers done and she said it wasn't any more painful than it was before she was pregnant. I waxed my arms and legs while pregnant and it hardly hurt. It's definitely something worth trying, just be sure to get recommendations for someone that is really good and has been doing it for a while.

  6. Oh and I just read the first comment. Not all estheticians make you get on all fours. If they are good then you wont have to. You will just have to hold your legs up for them.

  7. This is great to know, especially the part about getting recommendations for someone who is good at what they do!!

  8. My recommendations: If you end up doing it, spend the extra money and go to the expensive place. haha I've had waxing done A LOT, but I have to say that I had the best (least painful) experience at Juut Salon at Southdale. It's pretty expensive, but worth the money, especially while pregnant.

  9. Thanks for the recommendation Moriah! If I get up the courage to do this, I'll have to check them out!

  10. Hahaha! Yes, waxing is painful... and moreso when you're pregnant. I know this from very current experience (yesterday). But it's sooo worth it. I've never had a brazillion (and never will - yikes!!) but I get the normal one and like I said it's so worth it. Take the plunge girl! Take the plunge!

    Also congrats on your pregnancy! How far along are you? I'm 19 weeks with my second.

    I have two pregnancy/baby related giveaways on my blog this week if you're interested. I don't normally do reviews and giveaways much, but it's my blogaversary this week so I've made an exception. :)

    Again, big congrats! And I hope the wax goes well!!! (Take a pain reliever before you go in and then just breathe deeply! That's pretty much all you can do - ha!)

  11. Thanks for the advice Adriel! The more I hear about this, the more I'm intrigued- I think I might just have to save my pennies and give it a try! As for the babe, I'm 26 weeks now so we're getting close to the third trimester and we're really excited! Congratulations on your pregnancy- isn't it different when you already have a little one running around?!