We do not know for sure. There is not enough evidence to suggest that waxing is unsafe, but it may be a good idea to avoid it if you can. Hormonal changes in your body can make your skin more sensitive and itchy during pregnancy. You'll also have more blood flowing to your skin now, especially in your pubic area. This means you will probably be more sensitive to the tugs or pulls. Waxing and regrowth of hair may feel more painful than normal. Waxing could also leave you with tiny broken blood vessels, which may breed bacteria and become infected. The risk of this happening is small, though. Like some mums, you may prefer to use hair removal creams or an epilator, or simply shave. However you may find these just as uncomfortable.

If you feel the need to clean up your pubic hair before you give birth, try not to worry about it. Rest assured that once you're in labour, how you look will probably be very low on your list of priorities. Also, most hospitals routinely shave off pubic hair during the early stages of labour. This is done as it is believed to lessen the risk of infection. Hair does tend to grow more during pregnancy and can be bothersome for some women. This increased growth may be on your tummy and face, as well as under your arms, in your pubic area, and on your legs. You may be happy to accept this, along with the other changes that make you bloom in pregnancy. In fact, some mums prefer to put off pain in any form until labour arrives! Or you may see having a wax as a pampering treat that you deserve. If you want to do any waxing yourself, it's best to test the product on a small patch of skin first. Don't wax any area of skin that is irritated, sunburnt, or has moles, warts or varicose veins on it. Bear in mind, home waxing may get difficult towards the end of your pregnancy, simply because parts of your body will be difficult to reach, or even see. If you opt to go to a beauty parlour for waxing, tell your beautician that you're pregnant and ask her to do patch-test on an area of your skin. If you are still unsure, speak to your doctor.