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I am 15 weeks pregnant.. recently I've noticed hair growing on my belly... and a little on my breasts. I've read that this is due to the increased hormones.. but what can I do to take care of it? I don't like looking down and seeing a hairy man belly! Will this go away after birth? Is it going to keep getting worse? And what are my options... Anyone else?
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replied December 2nd, 2008
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Don't feel bad, I am in my third trimester and I noticed an increase in hair growth on my belly a few months ago. Granted it has stopped growing now, but I felt like something was wrong with me. I heard it goes away a few months after the baby arrives, so I am hoping. I also got a lot of ingrown hairs to, I got one on my scalp, armpit and thigh. When I brought it up to the Dr. he said it was due to hormones and that my hair folicles were getting blocked because of the rapid hair growth. So good luck hun.
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replied December 2nd, 2008
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it sounds weird, but i shaved my belly, and that worked for me. it stopped for me just after i had my son
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replied December 3rd, 2008
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Do not Shave it off It will go away on it's own. I have it with my first pregnancy and it when't away. and now it's back with my 2ed pregnancy. If you Shave it it will grow faster and heaver and will not go away.
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replied December 3rd, 2008
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That is untrue. Hair does not know if it's been cut - other than the root in your scalp, hair is dead. You may notice it more when it grows back because the end is blunt and not tapered. It's an old wive's tale that shaving makes hair grow back faster and thicker.

hairremoval.about.com/od/shaving/a/shaving 101.htm

To the original poster: it should go away soon after you give birth. In the meantime, you can shave it if it's really bothering you.
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replied December 3rd, 2008
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AyaMiyaki i am sorrry but i have a good friend who shaved and now she still has it and it thick. She gave birth 4 years ago an it's still there.
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replied December 4th, 2008
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well like i say i shaved and mine went about a week after i had my son
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replied December 4th, 2008
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I'm assuming my post was reported because of the link. It was not advertising - simply leading to information about the old wive's tale concerning haircuts. I'll repost the information without the links.

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With new hair growth, the short hair shaft will be more noticeable, since it now has a blunt tip due to shaving, as opposed to the normal tapered tip. This may make your re-growth seem thicker than your former mane, but your hair won't acutally be thicker than it was before.


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Shaving hair doesn't change its thickness or color. The color, location, thickness and length of hair on your body mainly depend on genetics and hormones. After you shave body hair, it may feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, it may be more noticeable - and may appear darker or thicker. But it's not.


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The idea that shaving can make hair grow faster/thicker/darker etc is an ancient old wives' tale. Hair is dead. It has no nerves. It has no idea that it is being cut. The follicle does not know or care that the hair shaft is being cut. Shaving has NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER on hair growth!

So, how did this silly rumor get started? It almost certainly got started because when young boys start shaving, initially they have very thin beards. Over time, due to changes in their hormones, their beards become thicker. The thicker beards are thicker because of hormonal changes, not because of shaving!


Please Google "does shaving make hair grow back thicker" for links and information, since I'm unable to provide the links myself in this post.

Babe: your friend might still have her hair because of her hormone changes. Your body's chemistry changes after pregnancy and childbirth. It has nothing to do with her shaving it off.
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