While there are many negative side effects of pregnancy, like pelvic pain, food cravings and swollen ankles, there is one benefit to pregnancy that gets overlooked - thicker, voluminous hair.
Zoe Foster Blake, who has become something of a pregnancy tips correspondent during her second pregnancy, has given her tips to make the most of this great effect.
She took to Instagram to explain that even though her hair got thicker, it became 'wig-like' and lank, so she took a trip to the hairdresser to sort it out.
She explained that there were three tips to look for to get the most out of your pregnancy hair.
"1. Get a thin-out. I went to my hairdresser today (photo on left is before shot) with designs on a blunt bob, but was talked out of it. Thankfully. Hormonal hair decisions are bad hair decisions. @hairbylaurenm kept it long-ish, but sliced through the mid-lengths to ends like Eddie goddamn Scissorhands to remove bulk, and make it "rattier and stringier and lighter” a request she was only partially offended by. (She also did some killer colour, as you can see.)
2. Let your hair dry as much as poss before you style it. Even better, wash it at night and roughly dry it off, then style dry/shape it in full the next morning. Wash as little as possible cos it takes ages/is dull/dry shampoo exists.
3. Use "dirty-uppers” to add texture and sass. I apply a texture spray or mousse (I love Oribe Surfcomber) and roughly blow-dry it through freshly washed hair before bed for grit and easy styling the next day. On dry hair, I either use a sea salt or texture spritz all over (there are millions of good ones, I like O&Ms) for roughness, and anti-boofness. OR, if I want soft definition and separation I turn to texture balms and cremes that make the hair smooth but piecey, (like Oribe Matte Waves), and make you look like you may be French and 19 and in a band. Or, Alexa Chung."
There you have it! Simple, really...