Waxing the Genital Area During Pregnancy (Ask the Imam)

Waxing the Genital Area During Pregnancy: OK?

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As-salamu `alaykum. Dear scholar, I am currently 23 weeks pregnant with a big bump. I am finding it is really hard in shaving the genital area as it resulted in cuts, as I was unable to see down below. I then tried to use removal creams but again experienced a lot of problems resulting in a mess cream was all over the place. So, I was wondering as I am not getting any smaller I still have roughly 13 weeks or more left and I am worried to clear myself. My question is: is waxing allowed in this scenario? Please, help me.Sheikh Kifah Mustapha


Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Sister, thank you for your good question that shows your interest to follow Islam’s teachings even in your private matters.It is recommended to remove the unwanted hair of the body by any method you want as long as it is available and safe. A Muslim should be careful to keep himself or herself clean and pure.

Responding to you question, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, the Imam and Associate Director at the Mosque Foundation, one of the largest Islamic Centers in Chicago, states,

Removing the hair under arms or around the private area is a Sunnah rewarded if done, not punished if missed.

Bering that in mind, if you missed it (exceeding the average of 40 days period shaving should occur) because of a difficulty like the one you mentioned but you will go back and practice it after having your baby (I pray for a safe delivery and a healthy and righteous child, insha’ Allah), it should be fine.

Now using other means than shaving is permitted because the reason behind it is cleanliness and shaving was the available method in such times. This does not mean the change in the method is of a problem as long as it is safe and not harmful.

So to answer your question, it should be just fine to wax if it is safe.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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