Hair looks better than ever during pregnancy, due to excess hormones that give it shine and vitality. However, the hair beauty ritual will undergo some major changes during this period. It is advisable to pay close attention to the hair care products you use for hair, as some of them contain parabens and toxic substances that can cause miscarriage, birth defects and other complications that are dangerous for the baby.
Pregnancy hair care, why should you consider it?
Numerous studies claim that there is a link between the use of hair dyes in pregnancy and the risk of neuroblastoma in children, as is the case in 2005, sponsored by the American National Institute of Health.
Teratogenic effects (congenital malformations) are another danger of these products, frequently pointed out by researchers. Their explanations are that chemicals and toxins from paints penetrate through the skin into the mother's body and affect the baby's health. Studies of this kind have not provided any scientific evidence to date about these risks, nor have they been able to discover a clear link between the habit of dyeing your hair when you are pregnant and the risk of complications in your baby.
Several doctors, including Dr. Gica Gheorghe, a specialist in obstetrics-gynecology within the "Parents' School" project, assert that dyeing hair in pregnancy is not dangerous, as long as ammonia-free products are used. For example, henna based paints are an optimal choice for hair dyeing during this period, being free of dangerous side effects. As a precaution, most physicians, however, recommend avoiding this beauty treatment, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, when there are the highest risks of complications.
Paradi Mirmirani, an American dermatologist, believes that pregnant women should not give up their styling and care products before pregnancy, but that they should pay more attention and consult their doctor if they use shampoos or hair treatments that contain medicinal substance.
In the case of medicinal products, dermatologically prescribed, there is a risk that the substances will enter the body and affect the fetus. In addition, as a general rule, the dermatologist advises you, as far as you can, to opt for as many natural products for hair washing, styling and hair care. Products without parabens and other toxic chemicals are the safest for your health and your baby, during this delicate period.
Beneficial effects of pregnancy on hair beauty
Pregnancy can be considered the best "hair care product" in pregnancy. Paradi Mirmirani argues that the excess hormones of this period strengthen the hair strands and prevent their breakage or breakdown, thus preventing hair loss. Some women experience a somewhat more unusual effect: hair that is usually straight tends to curl in pregnancy, says the doctor.
What safe and effective tricks do you use to take care of your hair during pregnancy? Are you cautious about a particular product or are you using the same treatments as before pregnancy? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!