My Pregnancy…Goatee?

My Pregnancy…Goatee? Picture

Although it can’t be confirmed, I’m fairly certain that when I was pregnant with my son, it wasn’t just a giant belly that I was growing. 

I'm pretty certain I was also sportin' some facial hair.

Granted, I wasn’t exactly breaking out the shaving cream and razor, but I did notice some increased action on that one pesky hair that insists on growing on my chin, (it’s the one that I know will come to haunt me in the nursing home) on the side of my lips, and yes, horror of horrors, even on my stomach. 

You can imagine my relief when I realized that I wasn’t the only one who suffered from this lovely little pregnancy problem—apparently, even celebrities deal with some hairiness in entering motherhood. In an interview with In Touch magazine, Drew Barrymore revealed that her pregnancy brought out a side of her that she had never seen. And it included a red goatee.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that some pregnant women “grow hair in areas where they do not normally have hair, such as the face, chest, and arms.” Apparently, like so many less-than-glamorous aspects of pregnancy, hormones are to blame for the new hair growth, which is called hirsutism.  Personally, I also happen to think that the hirsutism can be worse if you happen to be growing a boy inside of your belly—all that extra testosterone? It just makes sense, right? 

The good news is, the ACOG also explains that all that extra hair growth should clam down in about 6 months after you give birth, something I am happy to report, seems to be entirely true. 

Although, unfortunately, the reverse seems to happen when it will appear that you are also shedding mass quantities of hair all day.

But that’s a story for another time. 

Did you experience any surprising hair growth during pregnancy?

Photo credit: iStock

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Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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