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Dyeing for a Change: Hair Color & Your Pregnancy

Excerpted from Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy
-- By Colette Bouchez, medical journalist and pregnancy author

If you're like many women, bleaching, dyeing, or highlighting your hair may be a regular part of your beauty regime. And if you're like most pregnant women, you probably have some hesitation or even a fear about continuing to color your hair while baby is in tow. Although research into the effects of hair coloring on baby's health are still somewhat limited, many experts now contend the dyes are most likely safe and that women needn't be afraid to color their world during pregnancy.

That said, don't be surprised if your doctor still suggests you approach hair coloring with caution. Because the dye is absorbed through the scalp and into the body (it can be identified in urine), some medical experts are hesitant to give carte blanche to hair coloring during all three trimesters. Often, many physicians advise holding off coloring hair with permanent dyes during the first trimester when your baby is undergoing important neurological developments. Coloring can then be resumed in the second or third trimester.

If you color your hair at home, look for products with the fewest number of chemicals and always work in a well-ventilated room, wearing gloves while handling the mixture. If you have your hair done in a salon, request the first appointment in the morning on their least busy day when you are least likely to suffer excessive chemical exposure.

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"dye my hair during my last pregnancy and baby was fine, but my hair dresser always uses ammonia free products and keeps the room well ventilated- I have an appointment today- vanity, vanity!" -- MOCANA
"I am 10 weeks now and decided that I would wait until a few weeks into the second trimester to have my hair colored again. Normally have it done every 6 weeks. I have a little gray that normally no one sees. Well, as I haven't told anyone at work, I have been trying to also keep the grays under wraps (I guess I fear that people would start to wonder what's up). I found my miracle today! T3 360 (degree) TINTED dry shampoo. I tried it as soon as I got home. Sprayed on roots and the specs of grey t..." -- FIRSTTIMER72
"This article would`ve been handy yesterday as I had my hairdyed professionally. Only for the financial side of things. I was brunette but know I`ve gone blonde for an engagement party. The only thing that my hairdresser was concerned about was in case the colour didn`t take. That`s why she recommended me to do it about 3 weeks before it was needed that way if there were any problems then she would be able to fix them." -- CHANTEL12A
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About The Author
Colette Bouchez
Colette Bouchez is an award-winning journalist and author of Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-To-Be and Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know. For more free tips and advice visit

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