The benefits of pre-natal vitamins are not over stated.
July 10, 2016 9:44 AM   Subscribe

I started taking pre-natal vitamins about two months ago in preparation for a (hopeful!) pregnancy. The side benefit of thicker, more luxurious hair is DEFINITELY happening. Except, I have PCOS so I already have more hair than I want and the "benefit" is affecting a lot more than the hair on top of my head. Please PLEASE tell me that this will stop when I stop taking the vitamins. PLEASE.
posted by magnetsphere to Health & Fitness (4 answers total)
Not only will the side "benefit" of thicker hair stop when you stop taking the vitamins; you are likely to experience not insignificant hair loss once you have your baby. I started noticing this around four months postpartum. Hair falling out by the handful when shampooing, loose hair all over the bed, etc.
posted by rivtintin at 10:32 AM on July 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

I also have PCOS and experienced the hair benefit. I went to my usual face waxing place more often and had to tweeze a couple hairs in between visits. I also went through postpartum hairloss (but only for a few months). Now that I'm not breastfeeding my hair (body hair included) is back to normal.
posted by toomanycurls at 10:36 AM on July 10, 2016 [2 favorites]

This won't settle when you stop taking the vitamins - it's actually your oestrogen levels preventing hair loss.

But yeah this will all go back to normal post-partum. You'll probably also have loads of acne and greasy fair, but don't worry you'll be too sleep deprived to care much :)
posted by tinkletown at 10:49 AM on July 10, 2016 [2 favorites]

Just FYI, my prenatal vitamins say they're for post-natal use too. I've continued to take them because a friend claimed that her postpartum depression lifted when she started taking them again. But yeah, the hair. Everywhere. I had to have this weird patch of dark hair like on my neck behind my ear waxed. I don't even know what that body part is called but one day I looked in the mirror and it was hairy. Ugh.
posted by kat518 at 12:02 PM on July 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

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