Myth or reality: mother has heartburn, baby will be born with a full head of hair

Here is an enduring old wives tale: women who suffer from heartburn during pregnancy will have babies with full heads of hair. The medical community has always shrugged off this old adage, until last December that is.

Here is an enduring old wives tale: women who suffer from heartburn during pregnancy will have babies with full heads of hair. The medical community has always shrugged off this old adage, until last December that is.

At the end of last year, researchers conducted a study to disprove this claim. But to their great surprise, their work actually confirmed the link between maternal heartburn and infants born with full heads of hair!

For this study, the scientists followed 64 pregnant women during their entire pregnancies. Over three quarter of them suffered from heartburn. Pictures of their newborns were taken at birth. Two independent observers were asked to evaluate the quantity of hair on the infants’ heads.

Among the 28 women who had heartburn of moderate to severe intensity, 23 had babies with average to abundant amounts of hair. On the other hand, 10 of the 12 women who said they had not suffered from heartburn had babies with little or no hair on their heads.

Science has an explanation for this phenomenon. In fact, other studies demonstrated that the presence of high concentrations of estrogen and other hormones can relax the sphincter located at the base of the oesophagus, which can cause acid reflux and heartburn. According to other studies, these same hormones influence hair growth in utero.

To the great surprise of doctors, it seems this old wives tale is actually right: a pregnant woman who suffers from heartburn is more likely to have a baby with a great head of hair!

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