January 8, 2019
You'll hear it time and again when you're expecting, but every mom-to-be learns firsthand that her expectations around labor and delivery won't necessarily mirror reality. But there's one thing many women are worrying about during birth prep that they absolutely don't need to be, according to experts: pubic hair. A midwife, who goes by lozza2442, took to Reddit on January 5 to share a truth bomb on this topic: "Please don't worry about pubic hair," she wrote. "We don't even notice as long as you have showered in the last week. As long as the baby can come out, we don't care if you're full bush, bald as a baby, or something exciting like a lightening bolt/vajazzled."
The midwife wrote that she doesn't "even notice" what women's pubic hair looks like anymore, and "it doesn't affect stitches or anything to do with our work."
That said, if you require a C-section, "we can shave the important part for you with a sterile razor," the health care provider noted.
The bottom-line: "Please don't get yourself into an uncomfortable position trying to do something for us, cause we won't even notice. It's like getting your hair done and your husband/friends not even noticing."
One of the top commenters on the post, cherryliquer, identified herself as an OB/GYN and echoed the midwife's sentiment: "As an ob/gyn - 100% agreed. And it’s not only pubic hair... hemorrhoids, interesting tattoos and piercings in your nether areas... anyone who’s been delivering babies for a few years has seen it all. Aside from safety and some basic hygiene, it really doesn’t bother us."
Though some moms-to-be may be concerned about pubic hair grooming as a way to keep an infection at bay, a But a Cochrane review of medical studies on pubic shaving and birth found no evidence that removing pubic hair ahead of delivery reduces risk of infection during birth.
In fact, the Mayo Clinic points out that shaving may actually set the stage for infection, in the case of women who deliver by C-section. The medical center explains that women who have scheduled C-sections may be asked to use an antiseptic soap the night before and the morning of their operation, but they should avoid shaving their pubic hair within 24 hours of the surgery, as it can increase the risk of a surgical site infection. Mayo notes that if pubic hair does need to be removed, it will be trimmed by surgical staff.
Cheers to this reality check, as it means moms-to-be can spend more time on other more valuable forms of prenatal self-care, leaving any pubic hair concerns to their health care providers.