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Coloring Hair During Your 2Nd Trimester??

I am about 13 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair.... does anyone know if it is o.k. to color during your 2nd trimester? I plan on asking my dr. at my appt. this week, but she is SUPER strict and I think she would tell me no, so I would love to hear from others who have colored their hair or have been in the same situation. Thanks!!

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O.k.....so I am freaked out about the color not coming out right, but since I do not have grey hair and I basically need to cover up some highlights from 3 months ago, I think I should be o.k., I am going darker, more my natural color just to hide a few of the highlights. My Dr. also said it was o.k., so thanks to everyone for your responses and help! Hopefully, I won't have green hair and it doesn't fall out. HA!! ;)
**UPDATE** I colored it and everything went great, I do not have green hair, and it didn't fall out!! YAY!!! ;)

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My Doctor told me it was ok as long as the smells are not that bad they told me to even have them put a fan near to keep the fumes at bay.... So I would say go for it I did through my entire preg..

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I colored my hair all the time while I was preg. with my second one (since that is when my gray hairs started to show), I even did it like one or two days before he got here, and he is fine.

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I colored my hair the entire pregnancy - every pregnancy. Other than a physical developmental disability in my youngest, all of my children came out brilliant, healthy, and fine.

That said, if you're worried, use either a vegetable based dye (health food store) or a semipermanent dye. The semi dyes do not have the ammonia and fumey stuff that the permanents do.

S.

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Hi,

I have colored my hair while I was pregnant with both of my children. Just make sure you cover your face while you are dying you hair...The chemicals are sometimes strong and you really dont want to inhale that stuff...Thats all my doctor was ever really concerned about..

Hope it turns out great
Pattie

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I am a hairstylist did my hair with both my kids. And have been doing hair while pregnant and so far Im OK!! HAHAHAH!! We'll see when I get older on the side affects!! I think your fine. Done lots of clients that were pregnant.

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I would ask my colorist or call the number on the color box.

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I colored my hair after the first trimester but did not use permanent color, I used a wash out. I used the Natural Instict colors. I read or heard that the non permanent colors were okay. Good luck.

-T.

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I just recently read something about this. Here is the link to the question that was asked on iVillage.com. I hope this helps!

http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregnancy/psafe/0,,midwife_...

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My Doctor told me it was ok as long as the smells are not that bad they told me to even have them put a fan near to keep the fumes at bay.... So I would say go for it I did through my entire preg..

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I've colored my hair with all 3 of my kids,and It didn't harm them one bit.I enjoy coloring my hair and I know alot of other mothers that do too.I also know someone that colored their hair and the baby hair was the same color as she did her hair.Even though they tell you not to color your hair its really up to you to make that decision no matter what.I still color my hair,if you don't wanna do a permanant color you can do a rinse too.

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Awww..you dont need to color your hair, your beautiful just like you are!

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I'm a hairstylist also and colored my hair while pregnant with both my girls and they are perfectly healthy. Also, I colored other peoples hair the WHOLE time I was pregnant with both. My doc said it was ok as long as I wasn't drinking it!LOL! If your stylist has a fan you might ask her or him to turn it on to help circulate the air.

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My doc said it was ok, just be aware of the smell. Also because your hormones are different the color may not take correctly. I suggest not doing it yourself.

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I think that you will get as many different answers as people that respond. With that said, I will tell you that my dr. would not allow anything to be done with color, highlights, nails, anything. He was a high risk specialist and was very very strict. That is the only time I ever had my natural color hair and did not have my nails done. I chose to go with what he said. After all, I figured that is why I was paying him the big bucks - literally.! LOL

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I am 20 weeks right now and my doctor is a little strict too. I had mine colored about 3 weeks ago. Doc always says if there is any question, then don't, better safe than sorry. However, I have colored my hair with all 3 pregnancies (including this one) and there have been no problems. Just go with your own instinct on this one!

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I colored my hair up until two weeks before my son was born in August of this year. I used an over the counter coloring product and my son is healthy and happy. I had read online before hand that coloring is fine, but you must do what you feel appropriate. Good luck!

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I colored my hair the entire pregnancy - every pregnancy. Other than a physical developmental disability in my youngest, all of my children came out brilliant, healthy, and fine.

That said, if you're worried, use either a vegetable based dye (health food store) or a semipermanent dye. The semi dyes do not have the ammonia and fumey stuff that the permanents do.

S.

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I red all the responses before i decided to respond, and i was really surprized that no one said that they have ever heard of your hair turning green or falling out! I didn't color while i was pregnant, but there are so many hormonal changes during pregnancy, the very first time i went out in the sun i got mothers mask! Had it throughout the entire pregnancy and for several months after! I have heard of people getting perms or color during pregnancy and their hair turned green or feel out! Is it worth the risk?? And know that if you color during one pregnancy or a certain stage of a pregnancy and it all comes out fine does not mean that the next time will get the same results. Deal with a few grey's until after the child is born. There is nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman, no matter what the hair color!

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I'm also 13 weeks and my doctor said it was fine to color my hair. He said that only a tiny amount (if any) of the chemicals can enter your bloodstream through the scalp. I also colored my hair with my first child and she's fine. Good luck.

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I did it all the way through my pregnancies and have three healthy kids (I colored and highlighted)

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I colored my hair (highlights and lowlights) during my pregnancy. My doctor said that it was ok.

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I colored my hair during both pregnancies without any problems. I don’t recall my doctor being concerned. I have two healthy children.

I just remember the chemical smell to be even stronger than normal. My advice is to stay in a well ventilated area where you can get some fresh air if you need it. And if you’re doing it at home, get someone to be there with you or help you in case you get light-headed or tired from bending over the sink. Just take it easy.

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You've got alot of advice here but I'll go ahead and throw mine in too.
It's perfectly fine to dye your hair while pregnant.
I've had 2 OB's tell me the only thing bad about dying your hair while pregnant is that being pregnant can make your color come out slightly different but it never has with me.
I've colored my hair with all 3 pregnancies (currently preggo with 3rd) and never had any problems.
I even do my roots about once a month so I wouldn't worry at all!
It may absorb into the skin of your scalp but NOT into your blood stream.
Good Luck with your new baby!
~N.~

P.S. I also have 2 sisters and many female friends that have colored their hair throughout pregnancy and everything was just fine with their baby.

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I colored my hair during 2nd trimester, and I don't think that my child or I had any problems from it. I just looked at some literature about it beforehand in regards to any side effect to the baby, and could not find any. I wouldn't do it during 1st trimester.

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I colored my hair all the time while I was preg. with my second one (since that is when my gray hairs started to show), I even did it like one or two days before he got here, and he is fine.

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13 weeks sounds a little too close to the edge... why risk your baby's development for the sake of so-called beauty?
Some people forgo coloring during their entire pregnancy.
You have to weigh the risks to the actual necessity of coloring your hair... in my case, I had a bad skin reaction to the dye (your immune system does change during and after pregnancy) and I have had to take some very strong steroids to get the dermatitis under control. That's not something one could do while pregnant.
So there is more than just the hair dye chemicals seeping into your baby to consider.
Why take an unnecessary risk? Then if something is wrong, you will always wonder if your vanity was to blame. I'm sure your careful doctor would agree.

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I colored my hair throughout both of my pregnancies and got my highlights done about a week before my scheduled c-sections with both! My kids are absolutely fine - I have two boys and I would love to blame their crazy behavior on something like that from time to time - HAHAHA - but in all seriousness, they are both great! Go get your hair done girl!

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As a hairdresser; I believe there is no harm in coloring your hair. There are so many semi-permanent hair color products out there if you feel more comfortable with that (they fade out after 6 to 8 shampoos). Your not the first nor will be the last to color your hair during the pregnancy and I haven't heard of anyone that died or was physically damaged from it! Your are applying color to your scalp and hair - not drinking it! Today's hair coloring products are much better than of those products we used in the salons during the 60's and 70's. If you have skin sensitivities during pregnancy you can always do a patch test. If your doctor insists - throw on a highlighting plastic cap and pull through enough strands to blend your new growth to the older color. In 1987 I was blonde and with my second son in 1992 I decided to be a red-head. Both boys turned out fine; I homeschooled both. One was in gifted and talented programs and is now in college to be an engineer. I have more grey now that I have to color; but that is the only change. I worked in the salon during my pregnancy and was exposed to color and chemicals on a daily basis. I think diet, vitamins and exercise are more of a concern than the color on your hair for a short 30 minutes! Good luck; enjoy your pregnancy, make the most of it.....it's a blessing..

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gosh, I do NOT recommend dying your hair while you are pg !! ...the chemicals used are very strong and they are absorbed by your skin...
...go to Whole Foods at the Quarry. Ask someone in the vitamin department what they recommend. There may be a natural remedy until you give birth.

Your baby is developing and I would hate to have something happen to your sweet baby !! :)

*T..

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I have always heard that you shouldn't color your hair at all during your pregnancy, but just ask your doctor.

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M.,
If your doc is that strict she is probably old school and going to say no. But, I have worked in OB over 5 years, my mom for 35 and my best friend is a hairdresser. So, here is some combined advice from all of us. It is 100% safe!! Let me tell you the reasoning our docs use...if the hair color was systemic it would get into your skin, then into your bloodstream and you would get sick, right? That doesn't happen. Therefore there is no way it can harm your baby. You should still ask your doctor but I promise it will be fine. Go get your hair colored and relax a while. You deserve it.
M.
P.S. The main caution we would give is if you are doing it yourself make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Because the fumes are really the only risk. HTH

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I colored my hair during my 2nd as well. My doc was not so keen, but said that as long as the colorist kept as much off the scalp as possible it is fine. I had no ill effects and my baby boy is a very active healthy 9 month old now.
Good luck.
F

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I colored mine throughout my entire pregnancy and had no problems at all. But, my dr. also said it was perfectly fine to do so.

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