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I was watching Regis and Kelly this morning and the topic turned to babies born with full heads of hair. Kelly said that the mothers of children born with full heads of hair experience worse heartburn than the mothers of children born without hair. Does anyone know if this is based on fact or just an urban legend?
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WeezerFreak04
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Nope...just heartburn.

Hamptons OB/GYN.com says "This has nothing to do with the amount of hair the baby will be born with. It is simply caused by the pressure put on the stomach and intestines by the enlarging baby and uterus, which make digestion more difficult. Another function is hormones that cause the sphincter muscles of the stomach to relax.

Some simple steps to take to minimize the problem are as follows:


Avoid eating spicy and greasy foods.
Eat more slowly.
Avoid lying flat particularly after eating; an extra pillow at night may give some relief.
Tums may relieve some of the symptoms. "

These sites also say the same thing...along with other pregnancy myths

Kid's Health

Birthing Naturally.net

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Wait, so hair on your baby would give you heartburn? sounds like a UL to me.

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I had heartburn to the point of esophogial damage.
Outcome? Two nearly bald babies.

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Well, I came out of Majka Croat with a full head of hair. No heartburn.

OTOH, Majka Croat had heartburn while she was pregnant with my little brother, and he came out bald as an egg.

So, no correlation there.

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My daughter was born with a full head of hair. No heartburn whatsoever. I don't think I've ever had heartburn, maybe I'm lucky. Anyway, I had never even heard of the hair=heartburn until a few weeks after I gave birth, when my nana commented I must have had terrible heartburn.

And no, I did not heed her advice that drinking beer increases a new mother's milk supply either. [Big Grin]

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I was told the hair=heartburn thing more times than I can count when I was preggers with Julia Kitten. I never had heartburn when I was preggers, but that may have been because I couldn't eat much (so-called "morning sickness" 24/7 for the entire pregnancy).

Julia Kitten was born with long hair. It never fell out, either; she still has the hair she was born with.

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I had heartburn terribly when I was pregnant with my first - so bad I experienced acid reflux for the very first time in my life, but solidly for 4 months. (My condolences to those of you who deal with that all the time like my hubby.)
Anyway - my daughter had hardly any hair, and didn't even have enough for a haircut until she was 2 and 1/2.
I'd say definitely UL - one of about fifty billion that a woman can expect to hear during their pregnancy.

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Terrible heartburn here, I kept a litre bottle of prescription antacid beside my bed and would swig it straight from the bottle several times a night and also went through a couple of rennies pocket packs a week.
Baby was practically bald, had so little hair that she never needed her first haircut till she was 3.

Hmmm, from the strictly unscientific responses from this threard the opposite seems to be true that hairy babies= loads of heartburn. [fish]

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I had terrible heartburn during my pregnancy. I heard over and over how my baby was going to have lots of hair...I just rolled my eyes at them. [Roll Eyes] Much to my surprise though, Alyssa was born with hair so long they snipped a bit of it during my episiotomy! I know it wasn't the cause of my heartburn-but my relatives still insist that it was.
I'd understand the theory if I was coughing up hairballs but AFAIK they aren't connected.

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Well, add one to the "this doesn't fly" side! I had *horrendous* heartburn during my pregnancy, especially during the last 3 months. So bad, I told my husband it felt like I was drowning in fire. I realized that I had never had heartburn, ever, before I was pregnant, because I would never forget that feeling!
And, Baylor was born bald as an eagle - just like I was. I didn't have any hair until age 3 - literally. Maybe it's hereditary?

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This only happens to mothers of baby boys who are born with long hair, and refuse to cut it.

"Ugh, you're giving me the heartburn!"

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No heartburn and my little girl had a full head of hair. Of course, for 9 full months, I couldn't keep food down long enough to develop heartburn. ;-P

Gotta say, though, SO worth it!

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I had terrible heartburn with both my first and last baby and they were born with head fulls of hair especially my son and the heartburn with him was the absolute worst. I do know that this is an urban legend though.
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I had terrible heartburn with both my first and last baby and they were born with head fulls of hair especially my son and the heartburn with him was the absolute worst. I do know that this is an urban legend though.
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Mother of 5 3 babies full head of hair complete and utter vile heartburn with all of the above 3 mentioned
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Heartburn is caused by eating too much spicy stuff over a short amount of time. Like eating spicy dogs, chili, tobascco sauced foods, etc.

Baby hair causing heartburn is nonsense in my opinion.

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quote:
Originally posted by Joseph Z:
Heartburn is caused by eating too much spicy stuff over a short amount of time. Like eating spicy dogs, chili, tobascco sauced foods, etc.


True, but more often in pregnancy it's caused by the growing baby's increased pressure on the stomach, not by what you eat (although that can be a contributing factor).
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I get hearburn every damn month, either during my period or at midcycle! [Frown] I've never had kids in my life! I mentioned the heartburn to my gyno last time out and she was as flummoxed as I was. [Confused]

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Originally posted by Joseph Z:
Heartburn is caused by eating too much spicy stuff over a short amount of time. Like eating spicy dogs, chili, tobascco sauced foods, etc.


True, but more often in pregnancy it's caused by the growing baby's increased pressure on the stomach, not by what you eat (although that can be a contributing factor).
This is so true. I recall during my last pregnancy eating a slice of bread with nothing on it and getting heart burn. [Frown]
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Now that is interesting... usually bread and crackers and whatnot will absorb and ball up the acid, so to speak, right?

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