In pregnancy, it is more frequent that the hair strands become thicker, silky and with greater vitality. Despite this, the change in hormones can also lead to hair loss, especially in early pregnancy. It is also a very common phenomenon to happen in the month after delivery.
In a phase of great changes in the woman’s life, in which her body is going through many transformations at the same time – since it is generating a life inside her – changes that can be noticed, ranging from the toenails to the hair strands! For this reason, it is very common for you to notice that your hair looks different . Generally, these changes in hair make them even more beautiful and healthier, but it depends on your hair history, your diet and the body’s reaction to the changes.
With the increase in hormones that regulate a woman’s reproductive cycle, such as progesterone and estrogen, hair may become stronger, but they also depend on male hormones to obtain natural oil and not become dry and brittle.
Progesterone is the female hormone that is produced by the ovaries; testosterone, considered a male hormone, is also produced by women in the ovaries and adrenal glands. The two together stimulate the secretion of the sebaceous glands, making the hair and skin more oily .
Both excess oil and its lack can cause the hair to fall out. In the first case, after washing the hair, when passing the brush the hair strands come together in good quantity. In the second case, the hair does not fall from the root, but because it is dry, it breaks in some places and can fall out throughout the day.
Main Causes of the Fall
To summarize, the causes of hair loss in pregnancy are usually:
- Progesterone increase
- Excess oil on the scalp
- Nutritional deficiency during pregnancy
- Stress and anxiety
If hair flaws or holes start to appear , it is a sign of illness that should be investigated by the doctor.
Hair Loss in Pregnancy is Normal
“I am pregnant and my hair is falling out a lot” – Hair loss in pregnancy should not be a major concern for women, however, the changes can be reported to the doctor responsible for monitoring the pregnancy. He may indicate a medicine or shampoo that can improve the condition and that does not harm the baby.
It is important to remember, during these moments that, after one year of childbirth, almost all of these changes caused by pregnancy will have passed. Only mothers who are already predisposed to baldness will worry about hair loss longer, and will need more specific treatment, as each organism works differently.
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Pregnancy Hair Loss Treatment
The treatments for hair loss vary from woman to woman and depend on the exams of the pregnant woman, which can indicate anemia, lack of certain nutrients or just changes in hormones and mood, natural during pregnancy.
Dermatologists can help with the treatment and recommend a fortifying lotion to buy in pharmacies, in order to help prevent pregnancy from causing hair to fall further. A protein-rich diet can also improve the condition.
For those who already have pre-disposition for baldness, the doctor’s monitoring before and after pregnancy , when the progesterone level drops and consequently it is more common to fall hair , it is recommended not to aggravate the problem.
In general, the shampoo to be used to wash hair should be of quality, preferably of the “mild” or “ No and Low Poo ” type (a recent discovery: they are more natural shampoos without parabens, silicones and petroleum products). That way, you will be contributing to nature and your health and that of the baby.
It is also important to avoid dyeing your hair in pregnancy with ammonia-based products, especially in the first trimester, as this chemical can even affect the child’s formation. And other chemical procedures, such as a progressive brush , are always discouraged by specialists. These substances can pass into your bloodstream, and consequently to your uterus, placenta and baby.
The best thing to do is to take care of your hair and food from the beginning of your pregnancy, in a natural way. Do self -massage the scalp well, and pleasant, is a good way to stimulate their growth and health.
IMPORTANT: Watch out for homemade tips and medications recommended by friends and family. Not always the right one for you will be good for you, especially during pregnancy.
Tips for Controlling the Fall
Therefore, to avoid problems with hair loss at the beginning, during or after pregnancy, it is recommended to pay attention to the following tips:
- Pregnancy can cause hair loss and this is normal up to six months after delivery : so don’t despair, as stress can make hair loss worse.
- In food, it is good to put together a plate with balanced nutrients and give importance to protein, iron and zinc , avoiding deficiencies such as anemia, which also causes other problems in pregnancy.
- Scalp massages twice a week with a strengthening lotion can produce desirable effects against hair loss.
- The peeling hair, which is an exfoliation of the scalp , removes dead cells and reduces oiliness and hair loss: can be done at home too.
- No and Low-Poo and soft shampoos keep hair healthy and have no contraindications.
- After delivery, you can use lotions with actives that control oiliness .
- It is better to avoid combing your hair too often , or to tie it too tightly.
See Also: Why Does Postpartum Hair Loss Happen?
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.