My Strict Hair Policy During Pregnancy
One tip that should be added to all the baby books we read, all the articles we scour, all the sleepless nights we spend pregnant and wondering about the unknown is a warning about hair. Our hair. The warning should read: Do not cut your hair during pregnancy. Don’t cut it right after having a baby either. Essentially, it’s really important not to do anything too drastic with your looks partum or postpartum. This is my own personal and very strict hair policy during pregnancy. And I’ll tell you why.
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There are already too many things to worry about during pregnancy -- things other than your hair or that drastic new “mom cut” you think you wanted and then regret as the hairs fall to the ground, no longer attached to your head. If you’re a “get a trim every six weeks or so” kind of person then, of course, keep up with that. But don’t try out that new ‘do during the time you are making life happen in your womb. This is kind of like making big decisions as a full moon approaches. Sometimes it’s just best to wait for the moon and then sort it out.
Full disclosure: I have hair issues. They are fairly inconsequential to my daily life unless you count that time back in highschool when I hid in the bathroom crying because a mean stylist chopped way too much off my hair. (She wasn’t really mean, she was just trying to help me.) But I had it in my head what I wanted my hair to look like, and she made it look different. I wasn’t ready for that. And… okay… I wanted to hide and cry about my hair just a couple of years ago when the same thing happened (different stylist). But that time I had children and a life, and hiding in the bathroom wasn’t an option. I love my hairs … I’m attached to them in every way.
My own weird hair issues aside, this is a big thing. I’ve witnessed far too many moms-to-be think they are making a good decision by chopping their locks only to be reduced to tears after leaving the salon. Get a trim. Splurge on a beauty treatment. Try new nail colors. But for the love of our sanity, do not go wild with the scissors.
Something magical happens to our hair during pregnancy, and you may not fully realize it until you nostalgically look back on photos of yourself years after you had your baby. Our hair can become more shiny and strong. It often seems to grow faster than it did before. We really are such magical creatures, able to create life and look like goddesses during the process.
I’m also here to tell you that sometimes during postpartum something strange happens to our hair. It falls out. This is one of the other reasons why cutting it before you hit this unfortunate phase is dangerous. Wait to see what happens as your hormones change before making a mistake that only annoying hair extensions can fix. Nobody wants to be fussing with hair you have a newborn. You’re already dealing with learning to be a mom, entering the motherhood. You don’t need to enter the “hate my hair” club, too.
This goes for men as well. Our partners. I remember that the day before I had my twins, my husband shaved off the beard he had for years. I don’t know why he did this, but he regretted it immediately. He grew it back within a few weeks, but I barely recognize the man in the happy photos of me with my newborns. Okay! Okay! I knew it was him, but it’s still shocking to see even nearly seven years later. See? I told you I have hair issues.
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My hair issues, however, can be your sanity saver. Don’t cut your hair during pregnancy—that’s my PSA. Love yourself for exactly how you are. Because you are magic. See what happens as your belly and your hair and maybe even your feet grow. Love every moment of all of it. Cutting your hair may jeopardize that. So. Just don’t.