Not all hair-removal methods are safe. Go bare with these guidelines.

By Virginia I. Pelley
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Whether you're pregnant during the summertime, or you're headed to the beach for a babymoon, a swimsuit is likely to be in the equation. But once you're pregnant, it's important to know that your go-to hair-removal methods might be harmful to you and your baby.

Here's the scoop on safety, according to David Bank, M.D., director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

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Electrolysis

Verdict: Safe

No research has yet shown that this is unsafe during pregnancy, Bank says.

Waxing

Verdict: Safe

It's safe, but because you have more blood flowing to your skin during pregnancy—especially in your pubic area— you'll probably be more sensitive to tugging on your skin. Apply a soothing antiseptic lotion before and after waxing to help prevent stinging. "It might also prevent infection and reduce irritation and redness," he says. You can also try a Uni K Wax center near you, which uses a propriety wax formula specifically designed to reduce the ouch.

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Depilatories

Verdict: Skip it

Avoid chemical hair-removal creams; there's a risk of possible chemical absorption through the skin, Bank says.

Shaving

Verdict: Skip it

Don't shave standing up, if you shave in the shower. Ask your partner to help you keep your balance and help you in and out of the tub.

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