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Learning that you are pregnant is a wonderful feeling. Knowing you are going to become a parent for the first, second or fourth time brings about many emotions. Women go through several changes during pregnancy, so while one day you are elated about your new baby, tomorrow, you may be fearful about what to do when your new baby comes. Along with the many changes faced during pregnancy, there are several challenges that come with the territory.

How can you look fashionable with a “beach ball” belly? How will you be able to exercise as your body grows and changes? And what will you do with your hair? There have been several accounts of women who are joyful about rapid hair growth, thicker hair, and stronger nails during pregnancy.

Not too many women complain about having longer, thicker hair during pregnancy, although in Summer months, being hot and uncomfortable with all that hair has caused a lot of moms to be to cut their tresses. On the other side of that is when baby is born, many new moms are concerned with what seems like excessive hair loss.

What really happens to your hair during pregnancy:

  • Hormonal changes such as an increase in estrogen production, can lengthen the growth phase, making shedding slower as well
  • Because the shedding process is slower, the hair appears to be thicker than normal
  • The increase in hormones can also cause the hair to be shinier than usual
  • Vitamins and supplements can help hair appear fuller and thicker
  • Hair growth is still taking place, but shedding has slowed
  • When baby is born, hormones decrease
  • The hair returns to its normal hair growth cycle, making shedding return to up to 100 strands a day
  • MORE hair isn’t lost once baby is born
  • These major differences don’t happen the same for everyone and some may notice no change in their hair growth or thickness

Learning how to take care of your changing hair during pregnancy will make the hills and valleys more bearable. First, find a staple style like a bob, cropped cut or long layered look. If you are wearing an afro, trim the ends to maximize manageability.

Once you have a good hair cut or trim, be sure to keep your hair conditioned and tangle free. Try to avoid coloring your hair as the chemicals in dyes can penetrate the scalp and the fumes, even if not very noticeable, can affect your baby.

Invest in the basic products, shampoo conditioner, moisturizer and oil and follow a regular regimen to cleanse, condition and moisturize your hair.

Wearing 2 strand twists or braids without extensions can give your hair multiple style options without having to redo every week. Most naturals can wear braids or twists for 3-4 weeks without the hair locking up on its own.

Finally, take your vitamins. Adding Biotin and flax seed oil internally and in your shampoo or conditioner, can encourage your hair to grow longer and thicker. However, good hair care is the key.