Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Hair Dye and Pregnancy

Monday, 27 Feb 2012 10:13 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: I am a 29 year old woman who just got the great news that I am pregnant. A friend of mine told me that I need to stop dyeing my hair during the pregnancy because it can cause problems with my baby. Is that true?

Answer: First of all, congratulations! There are so many different types of hair dye formulas going around, and most manufacturers do not have data related to safety in pregnant women. However, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), hair dyes are probably safe to use during pregnancy because so little dye is absorbed through the skin. Nevertheless, it is always better to be cautious, therefore many health care providers recommend that pregnant women should not use permanent hair dyes during the first three months of their pregnancy. Have a safe pregnancy!

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