Pregnancies brings with it an array of surprises, even some that you didn’t sign up for. The most common one’s are bigger breasts, bleeding gums, skin discoloration, a new shoes size and acne. One such gift from mother nature is more hair than you might think you need.
WHY? Blame It On The Hormones
The hair on your head may seem fuller but you’re not actually growing more hair and the strands aren’t getting thicker. The increase in estrogen levels that came along with your bump alters the hair growth-and-fall cycle. The average woman sheds about 100 strands of hair per day. While 89 to 90 percent of the hair on your head are in a growth phase, the remaining 5 to 15 percent at a state of rest. Once the resting period is complete, these strands will fall off to give way to new growth. At all times, this would be the cycle, except during pregnancy.
Higher levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase, resulting in thicker hair thanks to the decrease in shedding. Some lucky few, notice their hair gets glossier and observe a change in texture during pregnancy. But the change isn’t common to all, some pregnant women don’t notice dramatic changes in their hair before and after pregnancy.
Is Unwanted Hair A Thing? Yes, But It’s Subjective
A woman’s body produces low levels of androgen (the male hormone). When this hormone is manufactured in larger quantities, it can lead to unwanted hair-growth. This is known as hirutism as is a harmless condition.
Pregnant women can also experience hirutsim and may notice hair growth on their chins, thicker underarm hair, hair around or on areolas, belly fuzz and excess hair-growth in the pubic triangle. All of these are very normal and temporary.
What You Can Do About It
Hold up… Let’s start with what you shouldn’t do!
1. Waxing- Skin during pregnancy is really sensitive and you don’t need the added discomfort.
2. Bleach and Depilatories- Stay away from chemicals as they can be absorbed into your bloodstream. They are no good for you and your baby-to-be.
3. Laser Treatments- This may affect your unborn child.
Now, getting back to what you can do. Feel free to tweeze and shave while making sure your instruments are sterilized. You can choose to wax as long as you’re not performing this procedure on sensitive areas otherwise it could leave you very sore and in quite some pain. It is wise to leave the unwanted hair in sensitive areas and just trust in the process.
Baby will be out in the real world soon and your body will fall back into it’s pre-pregnancies ways. So don’t stress too much about the excess hair and focus more on those little moments you spend with the rolling-stone inside you.