By Erma W.
Winter's brutally-cold temps often drive us to play indoor winter games that result in a beautiful ball of love on top. The months leading up to the arrival of your new addition will cause some changes to your hair. Here's what to expect and how to handle it:
1. Expect shedding. Telogen effluvium, the excessive shedding that occurs one to five months following pregnancy, affects between 40% to 50% of women. The ultra-bright side is that these changes are temporary. The increased number of hairs that go into a resting phase during pregnancy typically stop shedding three to four months after delivery.
2. Be kind to your strands. The tips that you use to keep your hair strong in general are still relevant during pregnancy. Be gentle during detangling. Stay hydrated--drink lots of water. Keep your usage of heating tools to a minimum. Avoid styles that are stressful to your hair (tight buns, ponytails, braids, twists, and weaves). Eat loads of fruits and veggies. You know this...you got this!
3. Have some color fun. The American Pregnancy Association reports that the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, voluntary assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami, suggests henna for anyone who wants to utilize a more natural approach to coloring.
Most importantly, don't freak out. You're not going bald; you're just transitioning (sort of). Enjoy your present and smile at the purpose-filled future your baby will bring you.