If pregnancy has you looking like a resident of Planet of the Apes, stay calm — this hairy situation is only temporary. Your armpits, bikini line, upper lip, even your belly may be fuzzier than usual due to all those raging hormones. But think twice before you turn to lasers, electrolysis, depilatories, and bleaching. No reliable studies have been done to determine for sure whether these popular hair-removal and lightening treatments are harmful, but it’s probably best to skip them until after you give birth. Take heart, though, you may pluck or shave (carefully!) to your heart’s content. Even waxing is fine if your skin’s not too sensitive.
Plucking and shaving are safe during pregnancy, but other hair removal treatments may not be.