Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Pregnancy and hair loss are often interlinked and there’s nothing to worry about it as it happens to most expecting women. Usually in the first five months of a woman’s pregnancy, she tends to lose hair either in bunches or may even develop bald patches depending on her physical condition. The principal reason behind this is that your hair enters a resting mode during pregnancy. This, however, is just a temporary phase and it will start growing back all over again once you have delivered or in the later stages of your pregnancy.

Since diet for expecting mothers is of vital importance, it is often seen that those who have a mineral or vitamin-deficient diet, tend to lose more hair. Hair loss is also commonly seen in the first three months after giving birth and this is largely attributable to your hormonal balances returning to normal, following their spurt during pregnancy. Remember you hair was resting all this while and they are just falling off to make space for new hair to grow.

It may take from six months to a year for your hair to grow back to normal after childbirth. So don’t be impatient and start using hair growth shampoos and conditioners to accelerate the process. It always pays to remember that it’s an absolutely natural process which will take its own time. Your losing hair during pregnancy is largely because of the changes of estrogen levels in your system. The other reasons are miscarriage or giving birth to a stillborn child.

Those who have been subject to abortions are also prone to hair loss. Moreover, pre-existing hormonal imbalances prior to pregnancy only get enhanced when you conceive and also leads to hair loss. Moreover, sudden withdrawal of contraceptive pills to which you have been habituated for long, in order to get pregnant is also responsible for alopecia or hair loss.

The best way to get your hair back is to consult your gynecologist for advice on correcting your hormonal imbalances caused by the pregnancy. Proper hair care is also required and tying your hair tightly in pony tails, braids or pigtails should be avoided. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits which are rich in antioxidants will also encourage follicular growth.

Biotin-enriched shampoos may be used to encourage hair growth and gentle hair combing is also advisable. Avoid the use of hot blow dryers and have more food supplements that are rich in Vitamins B complex, E and C as also zinc. A hot oil hair massage also stimulates the follicles.


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