Hair Loss During Pregnancy Pregnancy is a magical time, but women do experience some unexpected changes to their body that they are not always best pleased with. Pregnancy hair loss is one of those side effects that does not impress mothers to be. It is a completely natural experience; in fact, you are just as likely to experience lustrous, extra-shiny and increased hair growth as you are to experience hair loss during pregnancy. Before you panic, it’s important to understand why this occurs:
Iron deficiency is extremely common during pregnancy. Iron deficiency or anaemia can come as a result of pregnancies close together or carrying multiple babies. This limits the number of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the different tissues in your body, including your hair follicles, causing pregnancy hair loss.
Other side effects could be fatigue, shortness of breath and headaches. If this is the reason for your pregnancy hair loss, you should expect to see hair return to its normal condition and growth cycle when your iron levels return to normal.
Studies show that up to 50% of women can also become deficient in biotin whilst they are pregnant. Biotin is a vitamin that supports keratin, which is the protein that makes up hair, skin and nails. Biotin is a member of the vitamin B family and you can naturally increase your intake.
If you are experiencing high blood pressure or mental illness as a result of your pregnancy, you may have been prescribed medication to treat the problem. This could cause pregnancy hair loss. Alternatively, you may have been advised or prescribed new medication to deal with ongoing conditions such as diabetes or a fungal infection.
These might also be causing your hair loss. Consult your doctor as these medications are likely to be unharmful to your baby but other side effects could be occurring.
Of course, when you fall pregnant, your whole hormonal cycle changes. This can actually affect your hair growth cycle and interrupt the process. The body can experience unknown stress (usually masked by the happiness of the new arrival), especially during the first trimester. This stress then interrupts the natural growth cycle and forces it into the rest stage (telogen).
This could also happen during any stage of pregnancy but can increase by up to 30%. Hormonal changes should not result in permanent hair loss as the growth cycle will resume after your hormones balance out.
How To Combat Pregnancy Hair Loss
Noticing and keeping on top of your hair loss during pregnancy could help reduce stress. Studies suggest that the placebo effect of counteracting hair loss can reduce stress and encourage re-growth. It will also be healthier for the baby for you to avoid stress. These are the healthy, at-home remedies that could help manage your pregnancy hair loss.
Oils that contain natural ingredients such as coconut, almond, jojoba and castor can reduce the appearance of pregnancy hair loss. These natural ingredients will not interrupt your pregnancy and can relax the hair follicles to reduce stress in the tissue and naturally encourage re-growth.
You should avoid using essential oils to encourage hair growth during pregnancy as they can cause complications. Consult your doctor before using essential oils during pregnancy.
As biotin is a member of the vitamin B family, you can always take supplements to increase your intake. These are available over the counter, but it is also possible to consume biotin-heavy foods to counteract the deficiency.
Other vitamins that can help with pregnancy hair loss:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Hair Loss After Pregnancy
You may experience thinner hair, but continued hair loss should cease. Excessive hair shedding can also occur post-partum as oestrogen levels naturally drop in the body.
This can also resolve naturally and without interference. However, if you experience ongoing hair loss or have experienced severe and unrecoverable hair loss you might want to consider a permanent solution.
After you have recovered from the birth, you can be eligible for a hair transplant. For women who do not want to shave their hair or draw more attention to hair loss, esteGrande offers U-FUE hair transplant, which does not require the patient to shave their head to complete treatment. Hair transplant is a permanent solution to get your hair back after pregnancy.