How To Shave Your Legs While Pregnant

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When you have a baby, you know that you are signing up for a lot of pregnancy changes in your body. You may not have thought about the changes to your beauty routine, and that can include shaving your legs. Sometimes, pregnancy can make it seem like your hair is growing faster or thicker, but either way, if you are a leg shaver - the growing belly can certainly cause you pause as you work on getting rid of unwanted hair.

Some women will choose to ignore the hair on their legs while pregnant. This may be a total ban on shaving or you may alter how much shaving you do. This can mean that you don't shave as often or that you don't shave as much area as you did before. And example might be that you used to shave above the knee as below the knee. During pregnancy, you may decide that you are only going to shave below the knee.

It is not a far fetched idea to say that shaving your legs while very pregnant can be hazardous to your health! Humorous but practical, here's the how to for those who dare...

Difficulty: Hard

Time Required: 30+ minutes

Here's How:

  1. Make sure you really need to shave your legs before even considering this option. If it's winter maybe you can just wear long pants!
  2. If you do need to shave, consider a mini-shave, say from the mid-calf down. Also great for winter shaving techniques! There is also the shave, just near the ankle - what shows when you're wearing your pants.
  1. Get something to shave with like a shaving lotion or soap, something smooth enough to shave with, but thick enough not to run down your legs too quickly. There are also razors that have a moisturizer strip included, that may preclude the need for shaving cream.
  2. I prefer the "sit on the edge of the tub" method. It saves your balance and provides the best view of all areas. This is particularly true when pregnant. Remember that after the fourth month of pregnancy, your center of gravity changes and makes falls more likely.
  1. I usually place a towel under my rear, for padding and non-slip efforts. It is also just more comfortable.
  2. Lather up and have a cup or bowl handy for pouring water onto your legs.
  3. Start shaving at the bottom. This way if you get too tired, you can stop and come back with as few people knowing as possible.
  4. Once you've done the calf of one leg, do the other calf. This again saves your sanity if you decide to stop shaving - you have at least matching legs.
  5. If you've made it this far you're truly dedicated to getting this done, or you must be in labor! Select a thigh and commence to shaving.
  6. Shave the other thigh if you're still hanging in there.
  7. Let someone else clean up any water or hair left in the tub! You deserve a break!


  1. If at all possible enlist the help of someone to shave your legs for you. Dads work really well, or a dear girlfriend! This may sound embarrassing, but it can be very nice, particularly if you're later in pregnancy.
  2. Avoid shaving in the shower, all joking aside it is easier to slip even when you're not pregnant. You are more likely to slip when you're pregnant, particularly later in pregnancy.
  1. Use a new razor to avoid nicks and cuts from a dull blade. If it's been awhile since you've shaved you may need two! You can also use an electric razor to take down some of the stubble.
  2. Consider using one of the wet/dry electric razors to prevent cutting yourself and allowing more freedom of location. This means you could also shave sitting on the floor or on your bed, or nearly anywhere.

What You Need:

  • shaving cream
  • towel
  • razor
  • water
  • drink

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