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14Heartburn Causes Hairy Babies

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Have you ever been told that if you have a lot of heartburn, your baby will be born with a head full of hair? Surprisingly there is some truth to this predictor. Researchers at the well know John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, had a study published in

target="_blank">Birth that stated there is a connection between the amount of hair a newborn has at birth, and the severity of its mother’s heartburn during pregnancy. The reason is that while pregnant, women produce higher levels of estrogen and progesterone, both hormones that stimulate fetal hair growth. These same hormones also relax the esophagus, allowing stomach acid to creep back up, causing heartburn.

Heartburn usually strikes in the third trimester, although it can arrive earlier. The good news is as soon as the baby is born, most heartburn disappears completely. Until that happens though, you can help curb the pain by talking to your physician about using over-the-counter medications such as Tums. You can also try avoiding spicy foods and foods with citric acids, both of which are known to cause gastric reflux.

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