Okay, fine, so whether or not your doctor and nurses are going to be freaked out by your giant, unshaved-in-months bush probably isn’t at the top of your list of delivery room fears, but I’d be willing to bet that most of us at least wonder about it before checking in to deliver our tiny bundles of joy.
I’d also be willing to bet I’m not the only one whose nethers had been neglected; between my giant belly, my general exhaustion, and only having time for five-minute, supervised showers (toddlers, man), anything more than a quick shampoo really wasn’t high on my agenda.
That said, I did wonder if the nurses would talk. The good news is that, according to this midwife, they probably didn’t even notice.
The long and short of it? As long as you’ve cleaned yourself down there, you shouldn’t give your pubic hair another thought.
“Please don’t worry about pubic hair. 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 like a lightning bold/vajazzled. I don’t even notice anymore.”
“It doesn’t affect stitches or anything to do with our work. If you have a csection we can shave the important part for you with a sterile razor.”
“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.”
If you don’t want to take one woman’s word for it, several other delivery room professionals chimed in to back her up.
“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.”
“When I was being induced the doctor went down to insert the Foley bulb and said “what do these markings mean?” While staring full face with my vag. I was so worried and confused that I had strange markings on my vulva that a doctor didn’t recognize. Then I finally realized he was talking about the tattoo I have on my mons pubis and hip bone. I was actually surprised he was able to see it through my bush.”
“Np in gyn here – I don’t care about shaving but clean socks are always appreciated.”
“As a massage therapist working in a physical therapist office who sees all sorts of naked parts – we don’t care, either! I see bald, bush, tattooed, pierced, clean, sweaty, and everything else.”
“I’ve also been farted on and had people leak onto the table and have had people vomit.”
“You know what? I don’t care at all. At. All. All that matters is that my clients feel good, so although I worry when someone gets sic, that’s about the extent of it. I clean up fecal matter monthly, so I really really doubt that people who see it daily during delivery are fazed at all.”
“On a side note – prenatal massage is great for your comfort and health, so if you ahve the money, treat yourself! :D”
So, there you go. You’ve got bigger things to worry about, mama!