- Posted January 4, 2013 by
Beverly Hills, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
How did pregnancy change you?
Pregnancy Changed My Hair
I myself have not gone through pregnancy personally but I am going to speak on behalf of a very close friend of mine who shared every small detail about the experience.
First of all, the rumor that you crave every odd and weird food imaginable is both a fact and a myth. It really all depends on the person. My mother ate condensed pork and beans right out of the can when she was pregnant with me - and, so far as I think - I turned out alright. My friend told me that she craved very healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables. Lucky her, she stayed away from things like candy, glazed donuts or ice cream. She said those made her nauseous. But she is a health freak anyway, so maybe that is the case.
Secondly, you will probably get stretch marks - all over. Or you might not. This also depends. My friend (let's call her Sally) got stretch marks all over, and they were deep, dark marks that did not even go away after the pregnancy. And I know what you're thinking - she was older, right? No, she was 21 when she had her first child. So the myth that pregnancy does not have as big of an effect on your body if you start younger is not always true for some people.
Another way it changes you is with your hair. Sally had hair loss that was really traumatic for her to experience during the pregnancy. Her hair didn't fall out, but it thinned out a lot and it made her really self-conscious. Lest to say, she didn't have that pregnancy "glow" that everyone says they get from being pregnant.
I work for a doctor who specializes in hair restoration surgery so we see a lot of women come in who have had children that are experiencing hair loss.