Like a dog in the summertime, when I’m pregnant I stop shedding. Really. Not a single hair falls from my head. And that’s about it.
Some women love pregnancy because they say that’s when their hair is at its best. It’s true, hair can look shiny and thick in pregnancy probably because you are losing it more slowly than usual. But brace yourself; after birth all that hair falls out and at a faster rate. Most women experience increased hair loss between 3 and 6 months after giving birth. Your hormones are simply returning to normal and it may take a couple of growth cycles (several years) before your hair completely returns to normal.
While some women are sporting hair that looks like it could headline a Salon Selectives commercial, other women find their hair goes limp and even falls out. That’s because pregnancies are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Which means your hair can react differently the next time you are pregnant.
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Even if you get lucky and experience hair growth while pregnant, it might be totally different from your pre-pregnancy hair . As ParentingWeekly.com reports, “dry hair may become oilier, oily hair may become dry, curly hair may become straight or vice versa.”
Your hair could change color all on its own. Hair loss during pregnancy may be the result of iron, iodine, or protein deficiencies, which can also cause your hair to become dry and brittle, and grow in lighter than your normal color. A lot of pregnant women don’t get enough iron, especially if you’re throwing up a lot from morning sickness and not keeping the right nutrients in your system.
Your hair will take perms and coloring differently. Mine certainly did. Whereas before pregnancy my hair soaked up color or bleach like a sponge, it took nearly twice as long to process while pregnant. Like, it had super powers or something and became resistant to the bleach. So make sure your stylist knows you’re pregnant and that your hair may react differently.
While you may be hoping for more hair on your head, it may start growing in areas you wish it didn’t, like your face, back, stomach and legs. Babble writer Stevee Curtis noticed this side effect when she wrote 5 Ways Pregnancy Has Wreaked Havoc On My Hair, and she noted gray hair to boot! Unfortunately, your facial and body hair may grow faster when you’re pregnant, possibly because of an increase in hormones called androgens. Don’t be alarmed when you see the extra growth of pubic hair leading from your belly button all the way – ahem – downtown. Most people call that the “happy trail’ or “snail trail” and it’s totally normal and usually goes away 3 to 6 months after you give birth – or you can just stay vigilant with a tweezer.
Not all pregnant women notice dramatic changes in their hair before and after giving birth. What about you? Do you like your hair better when pregnant? How does it change?