One of the most beautiful things in the world is the ability for a woman to have a baby. The process of giving life is one reserved for females and while we know the not so great things associated with pregnancy, there is one good thing that people soon forget – hair growth.

This is a great benefit that just about every woman experiences. Thanks to estrogen and androgen production increasing during your pregnancy, they promote shinier, healthier looking hair. Those hormones enable your hair and nails to go through major growth spurts during those all too important nine months. You can capitalize on that time of effortless growth (well as much as possible) by not only taking care of it during your pregnancy but also after. Therefore look at it this way: You may end up with stretch marks, a little extra weight, swollen feet, back issues and clothes that you can no longer fit, but your hair? Well, it will be strong, flowing, and glowing.

So let’s look at some of the things that happen to your hair and how you can keep up with your pregnancy growth.

Hair Texture Change

Thanks to the hormones, many naturalists experience a change in hair texture. This is can be in the form of more or less curly hair. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. It depends on the person. Some women want curlier hair and some want their curls to be a little looser. The change in texture can also mean naturally oilier hair as well.

Unwanted Hair Growth

While most increased hair growth during this glorious time is very much welcomed, there are some aspects of pregnancy hair growth that are not; namely facial and nipple hair growth. Yes, you may have a thicker head of hair, but to the contrast, you may have to deal with hair on your face that you usually don’t have to. If this is the case for you, the best thing you can do is get it waxed. Now, because your skin tends to be a little more sensitive, it may hurt more, but if you try any other method (shaving, Nair) it can cause even more growth. But as always, it’s up to you.

Pregnancy Hair Routine

Okay, you have experienced great hair growth and probably a thicker texture, which means that the need to have a pregnancy hair routine is extremely important. In that routine, one thing that is not such a good idea to do while pregnant is dying your hair or using any kind of chemicals. Some reports say that it’s okay to do it later in pregnancy and should be avoided during the first trimester. However, it’s a good idea to forego it altogether. Just wait until after you deliver to be on the safe side, as it is believed that the chemicals in dyes and other products can be absorbed through the scalp and transferred to the baby.

There are so many things that happen to your body during pregnancy and while the hair growth is exciting for many women, usually it doesn’t last. According to numerous studies, about six to nine weeks after birth, the hair tends to shed and go back to its previous state (texture, length, etc.). When it comes down to it, that shouldn’t stop you from taking extra special care of your pregnancy hair because you never know what can happen. You might actually retain your pregnancy results.

Enjoy the time that you have with your unborn child. The good and the bad are definitely going to be new experiences so take it all in stride as you go through the process.