Hair loss is a big deal. Try adding that to the list of worries an expecting mom has and it will surely result to higher anxiety levels. Some moms have expressed concerns over excessive hair fall out during pregnancy, but this is less common than hair loss after pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is an increase in the levels of estrogen which facilitates faster hair growth. The hair also becomes thicker and fuller. There are two conflicting ideas which surround this fact. The first idea says that if estrogen facilitates hair growth, then hair stays on the growth phase much longer so hair would not fall out. The second idea says that if estrogen increases hair growth, then it will require more hair to fall out for more hair to actually have space to grow.
While estrogen hormone levels can cause hair fall out, there are other conditions such as hypothyroidism which can also cause hair loss during pregnancy. With this, it is important to consult a doctor so that he can confirm if your hair loss during pregnancy is temporary or will need some medications. Unlike hair loss caused by pregnancy which causes hair to fall out at specific times during and after pregnancy, hair loss due to hypothyroidism usually present as continuous hair fall out which can result to noticeable bald spots.
Hair loss is more commonly experienced after pregnancy. This is still connected to the estrogen hormone levels. During pregnancy, there is a surge in the levels of estrogen which, as mentioned, is protective of the hair. After childbirth, around 3 months after the baby is born, estrogen levels go back to normal causing up to 60% of hair to go to resting phase. If you are experiencing this, it may still be helpful to consult your doctor to relieve you of stress. Also, there are simple things you can do to avoid losing much more hair than needed.
1) Let your hair down as much as possible
Keeping your hair tied up stresses and pulls your hair, making it weaker and easier to break.
2) Use conditioner
Conditioner is supposed to make your hair softer and smoother so you do not need to comb hard to release the tangles.
3) Do not use fine tooth combs especially when combing wet hair
Tangles are even harder to loosen when you use comb and when your hair is wet. To resolve this, you can just use your fingers to loosen the tangles first and comb when the hair is already dry.
4) Drink lots of water
It is very important to keep yourself hydrated, especially if you are pregnant. Drink at least 8 glasses of water and add one glass for every hour of exercise that you perform. This is necessary to ensure that you are able to replenish the fluids lost during exercise.
Engage in relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation. You can also read books or perform some breathing exercises. The idea here is to reduce stress. Your body is already experiencing a lot of stress cause by the physical changes that come with pregnancy. It will be helpful to keep your mind relaxed and calm as you can.
By practicing these 5 steps you will surely avoid hair loss during and after your pregnancy.