It’s safe to use hair removal creams, although you may find they irritate your skin now you’re pregnant.

The chemicals in hair removal creams work on the structural ingredient of your hair, called keratin. The creams cause your hair to break and separate from your skin. To mask the distinctive smell of the chemicals, strong fragrances are used.

The fragrances and the hair-removing chemicals may irritate your skin, or trigger an allergic reaction. This may be more likely to happen during pregnancy because your skin can be more sensitive.

For this reason, you may want to consider other methods of hair removal, such as tweezing, waxing, epilating and shaving. However, you may find these just as uncomfortable.

You may find your hair growth increases during pregnancy. There may be more under your arms, in your pubic area, on your legs, your tummy and possibly on your face. This extra hair growth is triggered by hormone changes. It should return to normal within six months after you’ve had your baby.

If you do choose to use hair removal creams during pregnancy, follow these safety steps: