Naya Rivera's Advice for New Moms? 'Don't Buy into the Mommy Makeover'

Naya Rivera opened up about her most regrettable postpartum move, and it's surprisingly relatable. 

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We all know that Naya Rivera was in amazing shape shortly after she welcomed her son, Josey—but while getting her abs back was seemingly no big deal for the mama, Naya was thrown off by one not-so-desirable postpartum side effect: hair changes. 

While the surprising upside of pregnancy is that your hair may look fuller and shinier than ever while you're expecting, the sad reality is that many ladies experience some serious hair loss after they deliver—and our former cover girl was a member of this club. The mama admitted that she expected to rock the best hair of her life after becoming a mom thanks to those hormones, but sadly that wasn't the case: The Glee star's strands broke off and thinned out, and her widow's peak started to sit differently on her face. 

“I did probably the worst thing you could do in that situation, which is then go dye it. I made the problem worse and paid the price for that. I’d tell new moms, ‘Don’t dye it yet!’ Don’t buy into the whole mommy makeover thing, because you will regret it," Naya told PEOPLE. "I was trying everything from carrot seed oil on a hairbrush to full-blown coconut oil treatments every single day. I even went back on my prenatals long after I had stopped breastfeeding to try to get back whatever juices were flowing out of my body."

Girl, we feel you. There are so many crazy (like, insane) things that happen in the body during and after pregnancy, and hair loss is, sadly, just one of those possibilities. But there is a definite upside: That shedding is probably not as a bad (or as permanent!) as you think. Since your hormones trigger those strands to stay on your head longer during pregnancy (no, that gorgeously full prenatal mane isn't in your imagination!), those hairs you held on to tend to fall out quickly after your hormones drop back down after delivery. But in most cases, it all evens out—so don't be alarmed if you're losing way more hair than normal after you have your baby. You'll be back to your pre-pregnancy tresses in no time flat.

Moral of the story: Don't be so quick to undergo the "mommmy makeover." While you should absolutely indulge in a blowout, manicure or makeup application if it'll make you feel more like yourself, give yourself some time rather than trying to reverse the changes you undergo after having your baby. Many of those changes will simply sort themselves out with time anyway. So let's all take Naya's advice and show ourselves some patience and love.