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The Heartburn-Hair Connection

All three of my babies were born with a full head of hair.  I can’t count how many times people have asked me about my heartburn – or lack thereof – during pregnancy.  There is an old wives’ tale that says the more heartburn you have during pregnancy, the more hair your baby will have when it is born.  I am here to set the record straight, at least according to my own experience.

With my first child, and incidentally the one with the second least hair at birth, I had heartburn from about eight weeks on that required medication to control.  When he was born with so much hair, I found myself believing the old tale.

Fast forward to my second child, and I didn’t suffer a single day from heartburn.  In the ultrasound just before we delivered her, you could see her long locks waving around – they were that long.  She had the thickest, lushest head of hair I’ve ever seen on a baby and still does today at two years old.

My third child had the least hair of the three, perhaps because she was born a week and a half early.  I had a couple days of heartburn through my pregnancy with her, but she still came out with a full head of hair.

So in my experience at least, heartburn and hair have no real connection, although it is a nice idea to think of the prize of lots of hair at the end of a heartburn-filled pregnancy.