Effluvium or hair loss is a condition that affects both men and women. It could be caused by genes, medical conditions, pregnancy, stress etc.
How does pregnancy cause to lose so much hair?
During pregnancy, a greater portion of hair strands compared to the usual go into the resting phase. In some cases, the thinning of hair may not be too obvious. Shedding up to 100 hair strands a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is still within the normal limits. In some instances, hair sections may part or bald spots appear.
Pregnancy hair loss is somehow common among women. At times, effluvium can be obvious and this is something to worry about. The cause of pregnancy hair loss could be a complicated pregnancy or deficiency in nutrients because of the presence of a growing baby in the womb. The fetus requires a huge amount of nutrient. In addition to that, pregnant women must always consider intake of a well balanced diet because insufficient intake of food and supplements may cause you to lose your hair. The fetus will find another source of these nutrients and cause the nutrients in the body of the mother to get depleted. The body of a pregnant woman will exhaust the remaining nutrients available in her own body such as calcium, protein, antioxidants which are all essential in promoting hair growth.
Meanwhile, Estrogen hormones shoot up during pregnancy and this can even be helpful in maintaining a full luxurious head of hair. The delivery of the baby is a stressful event itself including the responsibilities which can also cause severe baldness in women. Stress from a challenging life event or physical trauma from the vaginal repair or the cesarean section incision site which are both present during childbirth, could also trigger severe hair thinning.
Other reproductive health issues that can cause hair to fall
A few reproductive health issues can also trigger sever hair thinning such as discontinuation of oral contraceptives or any type of birth control that is hormonal in nature. Miscarriage involves changes or imbalances in the hormone of the body or emotional trauma which can also be another factor to consider. Other hormonal imbalances brought about by a reproductive disorder like polycystic ovarian syndrome, can also affect hair growth.
Losing hair during pregnancy can be avoided by following tips in maintaining hair before and after pregnancy.
- Ensure balance of hormones by seeing a health care provider
- Food intake that is enough for both the mother and baby especially those rich in antioxidants and flavanoids
- Take supplements in case you are not sure if your food ingestion is not enough
- Be careful in taking excessive amounts of vitamin supplements especially vitamin A because excess in this ca lead to hair loss
- Avoid further trauma to hair by avoiding tight hair accessories
- Avoid or delay hair treatments like hair rebonding or hair dye while you are experiencing bald spots
- Consult a health practitioner the moment you notice excessive hair loss