,I remember reading that women often cut their hair short after giving birth. One theory is that it's more practical and easier to deal with with the added work a baby brings - but another theory is that, having given birth a woman no longer has to prove her femininity with long hair.
I've heard that during pregnancy some women experience a massive shedding of hair, also. That could be another reason to do a big chop.
I've never understood the idea that short hair is easier to deal with... for me personally, it's a pain in the ass! I inherited my mothers hair that isn't curly, but kinda wildly wavy where it's all trying to go in different directions. The shorter it is, the more it wants to go all over the place and the harder it is to pull back out of my face and out of the way. Long, the weight tames it and I don't have to spend time styling it or trying to get it to behave. And if it's in my way, I just twist it into a bun and I'm done.