What Motherhood Does to Your Body

Your hair

Some women claim that their hair changed permanently -- becoming coarser, wavier, frizzier, thinner -- with pregnancy or after they gave birth. "I don't think there's any scientific evidence to support that," says Sylvia Wood, R.N., an assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Washington, and past president of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses. "What might explain the thinness, at least, is that the change in hormone levels causes you to lose hair more rapidly once you've given birth, so your hair may suddenly seem thinner."

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