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Is it true that eating spicy food during pregnancy causes the baby to grow with hair? What types of foods should be avoid during pregnancy?

Is it true that eating spicy food during pregnancy causes the baby to grow with hair? What types of foods should be avoid during pregnancy?

Not true: Spicy food does not affect your baby's hair. Foods to avoid during pregnancy are seafood high in mercury, undercooked meat poultry and eggs, unpasteurized milk, unwashed fruits and vegetables and alcohol. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Baby girl born yesterday 6pound and 12 inch head circumference. Is her head fine I was told during pregnancy that she might have microcephaly?

Baby girl born yesterday 6pound and 12 inch head circumference. Is her head fine I was told during pregnancy that she might have microcephaly?

Head measures small: Her weight is right around the 5th percentile for a newborn but her head is well below the 3rd percentile. The first head measurement after birth is difficult to rely on as there are things like "molding" (shape changes) from passing through the birth canal to consider. This info has to be put into context with the help of your pediatrician. They are there to assist you, don't hesitate to ask quest ...Read more

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Can natrual hair change during pregnancy?

Can natrual hair change during pregnancy?

Yes: The rate of growth often changes with hair loss or natural color changes. ...Read more

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Are hair relaxers unsafe during pregnancy?

Are hair relaxers unsafe during pregnancy?

Probably: I have historically counseled all my pregnant patients to avoid all extraneous "products"/"chemicals" during their pregnancy. Even though hair relaxers are applied topically; they are absorbed through your scalp and the make-up of the products is the unknown. Some might argue differently but I always err on the side of caution; better to avoid in the short term than risk long term problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to colour your hair during pregnancy?

Is it safe to colour your hair during pregnancy?

Best avoided but...: Most hair dyes contain toxic ingredients, some of which are carcinogenic. I'd avoid all in the 1st trimester. If you REALLY need to dye your hair after 1st trimester you can try to find a nontoxic choice but they're all toxic to some degree so if you want to have a healthy baby please wait. If you coloured your hair and your baby had problems how would you feel?
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Can you permenately dye your hair during pregnancy or no?

Can you permenately dye your hair during pregnancy or no?

Should not: I would not recommend you expose yourself to any unnecessary chemicals during pregnancy. That includes hair dyes, unnecessary medications, or anything else. Speak to your obstetrician on the matter at your next visit for their opinion. ...Read more

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Is it generally no issue to dye my hair during the first trimester of pregnancy?

Is it generally no issue to dye my hair during the first trimester of pregnancy?

No: Hair dye contains lots of toxins. First trimeter pregnancy is the time where the baby is most actively developing and you do not want to expose your body to any toxins. If you have an option, do not do it. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

Hormonal effects: Pregnancy hormonal effects cause both an increase and a decrease in hair growth.
Scalp hair appears thicker or denser during gestation due to slowing of the normal progression of hairs from anagen (the'growing' stage)to telogen (the 'resting' stage), thereby creating a relative increase in anagen hair
1 to 5 months postpartum, however, the percentage of telogen hairs occurs and hair loss is noted. ...Read more

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Is it safe to color my hair during pregnancy?

Is it safe to color my hair during pregnancy?

After trimester #1: There are some hair dyes that are safe to use in pregnancy, but it is best to wait until after your first trimester is complete. This is when the baby is developing the most, and it is crucial nothing interferes with the process. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have excesive facial hair during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have excesive facial hair during pregnancy?

Not unusual: The change in hormones during pregnancy can certainly affect facial hair. If you think it is really problematic, mention it to your OB at your next visit, but I would not lose any sleep over this. Just one of many, many changes your body experiences during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is biotin 10000 mcg safe during pregnancy? I take it for my hair.

Is biotin 10000 mcg safe during pregnancy? I take it for my hair.

Safe & useless: Biotin is not doing you or your hair any favor.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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Do all pregnancy go thru itching when baby starts to grow hair? ..

Do all pregnancy go thru itching when baby starts to grow hair? ..

It's the liver!: Hi Sheryl B,

Pregnant women experience thousands of symptoms and down through the ages women have had various explanations as to why these things happen. If a pregnant woman has skin itching it is not because of the babies hair, it is most likely that the liver is not able to keep up with some of the demands of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is bleaching the facial hair during pregnancy harmful?

Avoid skin chemicals: Skin is is not a barrier and absorbs chemicals. It is a good idea in pregnancy to avoid chemicals. Hormones may change skin a great deal such that the skin may become hypersensitive. The less exposure to harsh chemicals during pregnancy, the better for the mother's skin and the baby's health. To best answer this question one would know the detailed chemistry of the agent to be considered for use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take hair vitamins during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take hair vitamins during pregnancy?

I wouldn't: What's in them? I suggest you do not take any unnecessary medication during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can you safely get brazillian lazer hair removal during pregnancy?

How can you safely get brazillian lazer hair removal during pregnancy?

No hair removal: It is not known if laser hair removal is safe during pregnancy. However, common logic tells you that the risk is not worth taking. If nothing else, the pain from the procedure could theoretically harm the fetus.
So, wait till you deliver. ...Read more

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Is it safe to bleach my belly hair during pregnancy?

Is it safe to bleach my belly hair during pregnancy?

Sure: It is generally thought that using topical agents on the skin is safer than using medications by mouth. I would say that avoidance of ALL non-necessary treatments in the first trimester is a great idea. After that, then skin beautification would be ok. Just remember, the skin has pores and those things that you put on the skin can be absorbed in small amounts into the blood stream. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take hair skin and nails vitamins during pregnancy?

Is it ok to take hair skin and nails vitamins during pregnancy?

Yes as long as...: A good skin hair and nails vitamin will have many of the same vitamins in a good prenatal. But it is important that the total amount of preformed Vit A totals less than 10.000 iu a day. But it is fine to take as much beta carotene as you wish.
I advise taking DHA also. And 4000-8000 iu of Vit D3 a day to attain blood levels of 50-80. ...Read more

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Can I take pantogar for my hair loss during pregnancy?

Can I take pantogar for my hair loss during pregnancy?

Caution: This medication is only available in some countries. On their website it specifically says not to be used in pregnancy because no studies have been done demonstrating safety. It is a vitamin combination so likely you would get the same effect by simply taking a prenatal vitamin. ...Read more

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Hi, using hair keratin products during third trimester of pregnancy, is it safe?

Hi, using hair keratin products during third trimester of pregnancy, is it safe?

Little evidence: There is no scientific reason to suspect this would be harmful but also no evidence proving safety ...Read more

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Is electrolysis hair removal on the face safe during pregnancy?

Is electrolysis hair removal on the face safe during pregnancy?

Electrolysis: I'll be very frank with you.. . **i** don't feel it is safe for anyone. Certainly not it pregnancy, where two people are involved and one cannot yet make the decision, but even non-gravid women should know that it's almost a worthless pursuit -- it really doesn't work very well, and the risks of scarring, infections, and so forth are really significant. I don't recommend it! ...Read more

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Is it ok to use shampoo and conditioner that has honey extract on your hair during pregnancy?

Is it ok to use shampoo and conditioner that has honey extract on your hair during pregnancy?

Probably yes: Are you allergic to honey? Otherwise, I don't find a reason why you couldn't use a shampoo that contains honey extract while pregnant. Is your concern botulism? If it is, I think the amount that gets absorbed in your scalp is negligible. ...Read more