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There are many reasons why women transition to natural hair: aesthetic, cultural pride, health, finances, and the list goes on. One popular reason is pregnancy. Since relaxers and any other chemical treatments have the potential to seep into the endocrine system, many women discontinue the use of relaxers and color treatments. For some, ceasing the use of chemical straightening is temporary, while for many it is permanent. MayCurly from Curly Q&A is currently transitioning and wants to know what to expect.  

Question

My husband and I are trying for a baby. I am 5 months into my 3 year transition goal and I was wondering how a pregnancy could affect the process? Does anyone have any experience with this?

Answer

Celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador Diane C. Bailey is taking over Curly Q&A and here’s her response: “A lot of women choose not to relax their hair during pregnancy.  It's almost like they're in a temporary state of transition. To my knowledge and experience, here are a few things to expect during your transition during pregnancy:

  • The hair will appear much fuller as shedding is reduced during pregnancy. 
  • Some women experience growth spurts where their hair grows above average length. 
  • As you progress in your pregnancy, you may not want to spend much time with your hair. That's when I suggest trying protective styling.
  • In some cases some women experience a slight change in their curl pattern. That's all hormonal and usually goes back to its original state after birth.
Also, SheaMoisture's JBCO Strength Grow and Restore Collection will help you along with your transition process.”

Are you transitioning during your pregnancy?