Even your hair will not escape the body changes brought on by reproductive hormones during pregnancy. By the start of the second trimester it will probably appear like your hair is growing faster and looks thicker and healthier. In fact, much less of your hair is in the growing phase than usual as the body reprioritises nutrition supply and directs it to the baby. To compensate for this, hairs remain in the resting phase for much longer rather than simply falling out and regrowing. The result: longer, thicker hair. The hair that is growing, however, will benefit from the additional moisture and blood flow through the skin and produce healthy glowing hair which may even become curly as the growth rate on active hair speeds up.

Unfortunately scalp hair is not the only hair affected by reproductive hormones. Any stray dark hairs you have on your face and body are also going to get a boost from this process too. Just to make things even worse, your skin produces more melanin (pigment) during pregnancy. This can manifest itself as brownish or yellowish patches called chloasma on your face. You may also notice a dark line on the midline of the lower abdomen, known as the linea nigra, and hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) of the nipples. This still leaves plenty of excess melanin to be drawn into body hair. It all adds up to this: any hairs that are not fine, light peach-fuzz are going to appear darker, longer and thicker during pregnancy.

The good news is that, unlike any other condition causing unwanted body hair, these symptoms are going to clear up around 6 months after you give birth. This doesn’t mean that dark body hair is going to disappear – simply that it will revert back to being only as noticeable as it was before pregnancy.

While there is no medical evidence that the Permanence Method of galvanic multi-probe hair removal is unsafe during pregnancy, our therapists will not risk undertaking treatment during your pregnancy. This hair is best dealt with through tweezing or trimming. Having drawn attention to themselves, however, you are going to notice these problem hairs even after pregnancy. This is the time to have Permanence remove them.

Hair follicles are extremely sensitive to hormone levels in the body. Under the right circumstances any follicle growing light peach-fuzz hair is capable of switching to grow thick, dark terminal hair. Once it does, it cannot go back to growing light hair again. On occasion, this can happen during pregnancy when the wild swings in hormone levels can bring about the right circumstances for some hair follicles to go terminal. If this happens to you, treat them with tweezers or a razor during your pregnancy then call Permanence to see them gone for good.