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Is it normal to have excess body hair during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The hair on your head can grow thicker and fuller during pregnancy and the same is true for body hair, probably because of an increase in the male hormones called androgens (your body produces them, too). This comes in the form of more facial hair and stray hairs on your breasts, belly, and back. Most will be gone three to six months after you give birth; in the mean time, you can safely tweeze, wax, or shave as you wish. Permanent hair-removal techniques are likely safe, but you already have enough discomfort to deal with as it is. Plus, it's a waste of money since the hair will fall out on its own anyway.
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