Pregnancy Hair Loss
what to expect while pregnant
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. As you prepare to welcome your little one into the world, your body endures a variety of changes. Hormones release and generate a major shift in your physical and emotional wellbeing. Pregnancy hair is a term used to describe full, bouncy hair that women experience while pregnant. Yet as some women flaunt their flowy locks, others struggle to manage brittle, thin, and flat hair during pregnancy. Whether you are basking in the glory of newfound volume and shine or battling stressed strands, your hair will change to some degree during pregnancy. Here’s what you need to know about pregnancy hair:
WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS DURING PREGNANCY?
Hair grows and falls out according to a systematic rhythm called the hair growth cycle. Furthermore, different strands face different phases at any given point in time, meaning one strand of hair can be actively growing while another is shedding. What does this mean for your hair during pregnancy? Around 15 weeks, you may experience thicker, fuller hair because more strands remain in the growth phase than usual. You can thank your hormones for this new fullness. As your baby grows, your body increases levels of vital female hormones including hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for regulating hormones through all of the critical phases in a woman’s life—from puberty to menopause when estrogen levels decrease. It’s also a vital growth hormone for your hair. Sounds fabulous, right? Well, what about when your hair goes in the opposite direction? Some women experience decreased levels of estrogen which causes excessive hair fall and shedding during pregnancy. What happened to those lustrous strands you anticipated?
There are a few triggers that can cause excessive shedding during pregnancy:
Birth control cessation can cause changes in your hormone levels, which temporarily disrupt the hair growth cycle. Growth should resume once your body adjusts to the removal of oral contraception.
Hormonal imbalances are the result of stress on the body that causes telogen effluvium, a temporary hair loss issue caused by extreme shock or stress that sends hairs into the telogen (resting) phase.
Iron deficiency is common in women carrying multiple babies, or who have pregnancies close together. In both instances, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to tissues around the body. The result is hair thinning and excessive shedding.
HOW TO TREAT PREGNANCY HAIR LOSS
It’s difficult to prevent natural changes that arise from pregnancy, as your body is enduring a major life event.
However, there are certain precautions you can take to minimize hair loss during pregnancy and enjoy those shiny, bouncy strands you crave.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in protein, omega fatty acids, veggies and fruits to avoid any iron or calcium deficiencies which can disrupt the hair growth cycle.
- Minimize stress with calming and grounding exercises such as meditation, yoga or warm baths.
- Work carefully with your doctor to ensure your hormone levels are stable and regulated.
- Use an Anti Hair Shedding Treatment to minimize shedding and add body, volume and shine to your pregnancy hair. Always consult with your doctor before introducing or removing any medications, supplements or products during pregnancy.