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early pregnancy and hairdye

(15 Posts)
plummum1980 Mon 24-Mar-14 22:18:28

I remember years ago rumours that pregnant ladies shouldn't get hair dyed!! True ir false?? X

tyra78 Tue 25-Mar-14 08:11:39

they say just not in the first 12 weeks.

twowolvesonemoon Tue 25-Mar-14 11:27:02

I went for a scan at 8 weeks and was told by the doctor during her pregnancy lecture that I should not dye my hair in the first trimester. I confessed that I had dyed my hair just 1 week ago... I had no idea. I asked my Mum before dying my hair and she told me that it's ok, that she dyed her hair all through her pregnancies so I believed her without checking. Anyway the doctor told me not to worry, there was only a very slight risk.

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 11:54:41

Tyra who is 'they'? I find 'they' follow pregnant women around a lot scaring them, and haven't read all the books on pregnancy and miscarriage...

My anti-miscarriage specialist working for this lady (St Marys - the world centre for such things) said it was perfectly OK as home dyes are more tightly controlled nowadays. One word of warning: they told me my skin might be very sensitive and if I had an allergy, I'd not be able to use that dye again. So I didn't until after 12 weeks, as I didn't want a scabby head! grin But I did use wash-in-wash-out 'rinses'.

I have been told stupid scare stories by junior docs over the last 3 years of losses and tests. In the end I took to repeating any advice to their bosses: you'd be surprised how many times they were acting on what 'they said' and the boss was shock at their 'reasoning'.

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 11:56:57

www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/949.aspx?CategoryID=54#close

Look at the phrasing 'many women choose to'. These pages are drafted very carefully: if they say they don't recommend the words 'we do not recommend' would be there. smile

bonzo77 Tue 25-Mar-14 12:04:35

I just don't know. I know that the general advice is that it's ok. What I also know is that I had problems in my 2 pregnancies with my placenta. Babies were fine but they both had to come early to save them. No one could tell me why it happened, even after pathology on the placentas. All I know is that I dyed my hair throughout and took strong medication for my terrible heart burn almost from day one with both. If I am lucky enought to get pg again I intend to do neither.

Ilovebean Tue 25-Mar-14 13:04:01

I've continued to dye my hair throughout my pregnancy, both in salon and at home and have been fine. I mentioned it to my midwife during my first 12 week appointment and she said it was fine.

The only thing I would say is to do a patch test as your skin changes so you may have a reaction to something that you are normally fine with. This happened to my hairdresser, she used her normal colour and it burnt her scalp to pieces. Ouch!

And watch out of the smell as it can be a lot stronger in pregnancy so make sure it's done in a well ventilated area so you don't pass out.

Other then that, enjoy!

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 13:29:54

No one could tell me why it happened, even after pathology on the placentas. All I know is that I dyed my hair throughout and took strong medication for my terrible heart burn almost from day one with both.

...my question would be, are you remembering these things because they are the kind of things 'they' talk about? What if it had been something in the water? Some cleaner they used at night at work you were oblivious to? (TOTALLY not saying it was those things... just unexplained problem + 'hearsay' = worry ... when for all you know it could be anything).
Have you had any tests for APS (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) by the way? Mild forms don't cause losses but do cause placenta problems. Only know as I have it!

Reb3cca Tue 25-Mar-14 16:16:07

I have continued to get my hair died through this pregnancy and my last. I think it is more incase you have an allergic reaction to the die?
Have a peek at my pregnancy update videos smile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3bLjGSHMZE&index=3&list=UU-DxGKz7B0xh_zSDzgnL2cw

bonzo77 Tue 25-Mar-14 16:48:10

squizita you've almost certainly hit the nail on the head. The APS thing is interesting. I'd heard of it relating to RMC but not to placental issues. I will certainly raise it early on if I get pg again. Or should I do it earlier? I'd be consultant lead and seen early because of my history.

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 17:57:24

If you mention it before, simple blood tests can be done and usually they prescribe aspirin - may be worth an ask!

bonzo77 Tue 25-Mar-14 18:48:20

Thanks. And sorry OP for the hijack. I was actually on aspirin during my last pregnancy. Was given it in the hope it would prevent a recurrence of what happened with my first. Obviously didn't work, but it was only 75mg a day.

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 19:25:49

...in which case they might suggest clexane ... But being injections theyd test you first!

LePetitPont Tue 25-Mar-14 20:54:04

The NHS guidance is rational and helpful - I followed it and dyed my hair at 12+1 exactly and didn't have any adverse scalp effects.

My favourite "they" said when reading about this topic on other forums is "well, my hairdresser told me not to". Because we all know hairdressers have an extensive knowledge of the evidence base with regard to what can cause miscarriages hmm

squizita Tue 25-Mar-14 21:06:47

LePetitPont My hairdresser did tell me not to... but because another of 'her ladies' got a rash of her favourite brand and could never use it again! Which is entirely different! smile

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