Do Prenatal Vitamins Really Make Your Hair Grow?

Guys, if you’re reading this and you have children..go ask your wife that question.

Ladies,what do you think?

I know I’ve asked this question on other message boards, but I’m trying to find out if it’s true. My hubby (aka – “Sexy Brown”) and I have been trying to have a baby for a few months now. I’ve been taking prenatal pills (at my gyn’s suggestion) for about 8 months. I do feel that my hair is longer, and thicker…


It’s has been 8 months, so realistically, unless you have an illness, logically your hair WOULD grow in that amount of time. And I’ve had THICK hair since birth!

Meanwhile, I have another friend who isn’t trying to see ANY parts of a baby, who just told me that she takes prenatal vites and her skin and hair are GAWJUS!

So for all you moms and moms-to-be out there, what do you think? When you were/are pregnant did your hair grow longer? Do you think it was the vitamins, or just hormones?

Lemme know!

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14 thoughts on “Do Prenatal Vitamins Really Make Your Hair Grow?

  1. Lorrett

    I want to know the same! My husband and I are thinking about trying soon. I plan on taking them but I still want to know. I’m more worried that I’ll have shedding post-partum.

  2. SisterBoyd

    Yes, shedding is normal postpartum. It shouldn’t last very long though. Keep taking your prenatals and make sure you’re taking the best possible care of your hair during that time. This is easier said than done – mom’s tou know what I mean.

    And yes, I’m going to plug breastfeeding. If you breastfeed you’re body will recover quicker; bringing your hormones back into balance quicker and safer. Also, since breastfeeding helps regulate things like blood pressure, insulin levels, metabolism, and helps the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size quicker and safer your body will be more at peace. With all of this you will see that you’re less proned to be stressed which can cause hair loss.

    So take care of your hair for starters – before you get preggers, while your preggers and after the baby arrives. This should help with the shedding. Continue with your prenatals, stay hydrated, make sure you’re eating properly, get some rest…let me say it again…GET SOME REST and breastfeed. If you still experience shedding then we will have to pull out the big guns and research this puppy.

    And of course for those that are trying, preggers thinking about breastfeeding or are breastfeeding I’m here for all of your breastfeeding support needs.

  3. Savvy

    I am all for breastfeeding! They say it’s a great way to bond with your child, lose weight, and give your child all of the essential nutrients they need.

    Thank you so much!

  4. ayahsmom

    Prenatal vitamins absolutely make a difference. I already had thick long hair when before i had my baby, but i was recently looking at some pictures from when i was pregnant and my jaw dropped because my hair was so thick and shiny. I still try to take a multivitamin everyday, but i don’t do it religiously like i did when i was pregnant.

  5. Exhale1913

    Hi! Found your blog from your interview with Texture Playground! Love your hair!! And yes, I must agree with SisterBoyd. As the mother of 3, born Jan 07, Jun 08, and Dec 09 (yes, a sista girl has been busy – the hubs and I got a late start!) During my prenancies, my hair FLOURISHED. All three times, i took prenatals and iron. I also experienced less shedding. Because I was sick with morning sickness (actually all day sickness) the entire pregnancy, I kept my hair in protective styles, braids and twists, and only detangled once a month. I only lost half of the hair that I would normally lose when detangling at once/twice a week.

    However, 3 months after my first and second pregnancy (still waiting with baited breath for this last go round) when my daughter turned 3 months old, my hair started shedding sooooooo bad. I mean literally, during that detangling session at the 3 month mark, my shedded hair resembled a small mammal!!! It’s like your combing and combing, and it is just coming out. At first, I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but when started styling, it was clear that it was from my front edges…specifically at my temple areas…there was really no camouflaging it, around my front edges, there was peach fuzz. There wasn’t really anything I could do about it, but wear headbands. Then, 3 months later, when my daughters turned 6 months old, it starts growing back, and it’s the texture of baby hair… (then 3 months after that, BAM! I’m pregnant again!! Not this time though…baby girl #3 is the grand finale).

    During my shedding phase, I really didn’t do anything special to try and manage the shedding. Continued to take my prenatal vitamins and iron. This time, I am doing that, but I’m also using JBCO on my scalp, and I’m concentrating on my protein intake. My 3rd daughter turns 3 months in March, so we’ll see about this time.

    I’m also breastfeeding, and breastfed my two older daughters as well…

  6. Savvy

    wow thanks! I’m gonna post more in the hair section soon. Right now Texture Playground’s got more info on my hair than I do! LOL! Me and Sexy (that’s my hubby) are getting a late start too. So I hope I’m as blessed as you are! What is JBCO?

  7. Exhale

    I’m sorry…JBCO = Jamaican Black Castor Oil…I initially heard about it on After doing some research, I thought I would give it a try…I used it while I was pregnant, and it was fine, although I’m sure most of the growth/thickness I acheived could also be from being pregnant and protective styles..I was sooo sick, that I just didn’t feel like doing my hair!! My first positive pregnancy test was the the last kick in the butt I needed to go natural….That was May 2006, so the relaxer that I got in April of 2006 was the last one. It’s the best decision that I ever made!!! I wore braids during that pregnancy, and in Feb 2007, I cut off my relaxed ends…My hair was about 3-4 inches long then. I actually did a light blow dry of my hair Thanksgiving 2009, just to get an idea of my length, and I had the Diana Ross going on – I was REALLY shocked that my hair had grown that much!! Although, I shed post partum, I retained all the length that I gained during my pregnancy…and as my edges/temple area filled in, I just wore headbands until it caught up enough to blend in…But I DEFINITELY think that being pregnant encourages hair growth….

    I just breifly checked out your blog yesterday…but I got excited about the other sections as well!! I want to definitely try out that pasta recipe!!! lol. One of these days, i would like to start blogging/vlogging, but right now, my kiddos keep me HOPPING all day long!!! 🙂

    Good luck to you and “Sexy” as you prepare for your family!! Although, it’s the hardest job that Ive EVER had, it’s definitely the most rewarding and you’re right, they are definitely blessings from above!!!

    Sorry for ranting/chatting so much….tends to happen when most of your day is spent talking to toddlers….LOL!!

  8. Exhale

    oops!! just noticed a…this young lady is relaxed but she has some GREAT hair care techniques….her forum is…sorry bout that!!!

  9. KpenKpenshie

    The thick hair and growth the expecting mothers experience is down to the natural hormones caused by the pregancy – this is normal for a high proportion of expectant mothers.

    For those not expecting; prenatals or multivitamins DO promote hair growth as hair growth also depends on what you are putting in your body – if you are getting iron, folic acid etc…in turn your hair will grow.

    I am taking prenatals also and have seen the difference.

    BTW love the blog x

  10. Savvy

    Hi Kpenkpenshie. Thanks for the info! I’m not pregnant yet, but I’ve been taking folic Acid, Iron and amino acid supplements, and my hair and nails are DEFINITELY growing! Thanks for the love!

  11. Missjamaica83

    Which brand of folic acid are/were you taking? And if anyone has recommendations for multivitaimins that would be great too.

  12. Michelle

    Hi..just found your site (love it). I think both the vitamins and actually being pregnant aid in growth. I transitioned in ’08 and chopped off my hair (nape length) in March ’09…got pregnant in November ’09 and I would say by then my hair was just dusting my shoulders. By the time I had the baby (July ’10) my hair was bra strap length. I was lucky and never experienced shedding….and though my hair grows quick it was on steroids while preggers lol.

  13. Savvy

    @Michelle Thank you! Congrats on your little one! Apparently all the excess estrogen is a factor, that and the fact that your hormones are working overtime apparently really aids in hair growth.

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