is it ok to dye my hair?

Johanne - posted on 11/09/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi I recently found out I was pregnant... 2 weeks pregnant :-) and I have a hair color appointment I made a while ago. Should I go and color my hair or wait?

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Janine - posted on 11/12/2013

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Hi, I'm a Hairdresser Myself and I was worried about having any dye put into my scalp so waited til after my 12 week scan as by this point I was always told the baby is usually developing well. I got a feeling I may of waited til around 15 weeks.

Mysti - posted on 11/12/2013

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I colored my hair when I was pregnant. They just told me to have a fan going or something so that you are not constantly inhaling the fumes. I say you are fine. You are not that far along. Just be careful once you become further along in your pregnacy. and Congrats BTW!!! :)

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2013

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Ermina - sometimes effects aren't visible ones. Think about how many allergies and intolerance and cancers and other 'strange' or unexplained illnesses people get when they are older. Certain chemicals and toxins are called mutagens, which can mutate or change our genetic code in some of our cells. You cannot see this mutation taking place, and sometimes it isn't expressed or obvious until the child is older. We cannot just look at our kids and say, "they LOOK normal", because we have no clue what is going on in a molecular level.
Karena - As far as tanning goes, if you tan in direct sunlight, the only damage taking place would be on your own body. Once you place fake tanning stuff on your SKIN...then you're getting the baby involved. Our skin absorbs lotions and it can transfer into our blood stream. Once it's in the blood stream...it goes to your baby. So cooking in the sun is safer for your baby, but not so much for you.

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2013

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I am no doctor, but I believe now would be a bad time to do this because of the huge amounts of growth a baby that old goes through. I think that somewhere around 90% of their brain growth occurs in the 1st trimester....? Not sure...I may be off, but that's what I remember.
I checked online and came up with this link:
http://americanpregnancy.org/isitsafe/ha...
Useful stuff there....main points I think being that in a salon environment you should be ok...the main concern is inhaling the fumes. They recommend waiting til after the 1st trimester. Also have read like someone else stated, the pregnancy hormones could make the color come out weird.

Enna - posted on 11/11/2013

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If you have to dye your hair now, then you're probably going to have to dye it again a couple of times before the baby's born, which probably isn't a good idea. Also if your body reacts quickly to being pregnant you may get some unexpected results from hair dye. I've seen someone end up with orange (tangerine orange) streaks in her hair because of the hormones. She had blond hair and was dyeing it dark brown.
I have also heard that your first trimester is the worst time to do it because your baby is more prone to birth defects during that time.

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Karena - posted on 11/12/2013

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Hi a little off topic but what is everyone's thoughts on fake tanning? I prefer a bottle tan to cooking out in the sun

ERMINA - posted on 11/12/2013

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Hi,

I have a four months bouncing baby gal . I dyed my hair upto when I was 8 months pregnant. Nothing strange happened to me or the baby. So unless people are different in a way or another, I think you can go ahead and do your hair.

Ery

Jessica - posted on 11/11/2013

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That's right, Andrea, but when you are only 2 weeks along, and the embryo has barely even implanted in the uterus, there is very little chance of the embryo being affected because it is not receiving any toxins from the mother's blood. Once there is placenta and an umbilicus, that's when the exchange of toxins occurs.

Johanne - posted on 11/10/2013

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Thank you! That's how it happened for the us. We stop trying.... I thknk I will keep the appointment and talk to my hairdresser and see if we can do something different but cover grays

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2013

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Well, then sooner rather than later I think. Do it while the embryo is inside the wall of the uterus...if you wait until placenta has formed and the fetus is getting nutrients from an umbilical cord, then it's likely that toxins can transfer - if they do at all of course. So if you have to do it...I would do it now. Most people wouldn't even know if they were pregnant and would've done it anyway I suppose. I'm certain I had a few wines when I was pregnant because I had no idea...we'd been trying for a baby for awhile, then we gave up trying...and of course that's when it happens, so I was caught off guard. But I would look into safer options for your later pregnancy. Good luck!

Johanne - posted on 11/09/2013

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Thank you Jessica. When would it be safer? On the second trimester? If I don't dye my hair I will show tons of gray hair... I'm 25 but its hereditary (not cute), also I was planning on doing that cuz I'm going on a 3 week vacation starting last day of december

Johanne - posted on 11/09/2013

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I had an ultrasound and she could only see a small black dot so she said I was probably 2 weeks and I was one of those whose body send pregnant signals right away.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2013

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Are you sure you are 2 weeks? Most women don't find out until 4 weeks and tests won't pick it up that soon either. The number of weeks is counted from the start of your last period, not when you had sex.
In regards to colouring your hair, ask the hairdresser what is in the hair dye.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2013

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Wait. The chemicals used in hair dye are not ideal. It's not worth the risk at this point. I have heard of a hair dye that doesn't use ammonia and are herb-based...but even still...it's not worth it at this point. 2 Weeks pregnant isn't very far along and probably won't have any effect right now, but I'm of the opinion that once you know you are...best to avoid.
There isn't a lot of evidence to prove that these things do damage to our developing fetuses, but that's because it is hard to pinpoint what has caused a defect.
From now on, you will have to be careful of anything you put onto your skin - even some oils and lotions are dangerous to pregnant mothers. Read labels and stick to basic products. And just because something is 'herbal' doesn't mean it's safe! Some herbs can stimulate contractions and are used to induce labor.

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