African American pregnant womanQuestion: I frequently get my hair relaxed…is it safe to keep doing so while I’m pregnant?

Answer: Skipping your regular relaxing treatments is just one more sacrifice you’ll need to make for your baby-to-be. Even though there’s still no indication that hair relaxers are dangerous during pregnancy, there’s no proof they’re completely safe, either. Since they are comprised of strong chemicals that can get absorbed through your skin-and because your hair may react differently and strangely to chemicals now that you’re pregnant-it’s safest for you to let your hair do what comes naturally. However, don’t worry about any relaxing treatments you’ve already gotten done.