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Jessica Alba Cuts ‘Pregnancy Hair;’ Why That’s Important to Expectant Mothers

Jessica Alba Before, After Baby Cut

Jessica Alba cut her pregnancy hair. Why that’s important to expectant mothers. (PHoto: Bang ShowBiz)

Jessica Alba posted a photo and video on social media today (Mar. 9) showing her hair being cut and shaped following the birth of her now now-two-month-old son Hayes. She called it her “pregnancy hair” and sent an important message to expectant moms.

The 36-year-old actress wrote “This happened. thx @chadwoodhair for the awesome #haircut- it feels sooo good to shed the pregnancy hair. Whaddaya think?.”

Hayes is Alba’s third child with husband Cash Warren. She’s also given birth to daughter Honor, now nine, and Haven, now 6.

She says she felt like she needed a new look after welcoming her son.

Alba had inches off her glossy brunette hair with the help of celebrity hair stylist Chad Wood, who also posted a video of the transformation on his Instagram account.

One of the biggest problems facing new moms is post-partum depression.

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth, according to the National Institute for Mental Health(NIMH) .

The symptoms include extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to cope with the daily stressed of life with a new a baby.

Unfortunately, medical science has been unable to identify its causes, but believes it’s triggered by a combination of physical and emotional factors. The NIMH advises the following:

After childbirth, the levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in a woman’s body quickly drop. This leads to chemical changes in her brain that may trigger mood swings. In addition, many mothers are unable to get the rest they need to fully recover from giving birth. Constant sleep deprivation can lead to physical discomfort and exhaustion, which can contribute to the symptoms of postpartum depression.

A make-over like Alba’s is one way for women to reclaim their femininity and their identity as a woman after undergoing significant changes to their bodies.

It’s a way for new moms to give themselves a psychological boost, spend time on themselves and regain their identity.

More than likely, most women are only suffering from a case of the “baby blues,” a recognized medical condition. The “baby blues” describes feelings of worry, unhappiness and fatigue following the birth of a baby.

A makeover can help boost positive feelings about oneself and re-establish your self-worth, outside of being a mother.

Meanwhile, the ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ star has said she adores spending time with Hayes, admitting she has “never been a morning person” until he was born.

She wrote on Instagram: “I’ve never been a morning person…. until now. Our morning feeding/cuddle is my favorite time of day. #morningsunshine (sic)”

A source close to the family revealed Jessica and Cash were “rooting” for a boy to add to their family, and they’re over the moon with their “little miracle”.

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