Are you struggling with pregnancy hair loss? We’ve done the worrying for you and found seven practical ways to help you overcome this hurdle in your pregnancy journey.
Pregnancy hair loss can be frustrating, right, Mamas? Your hair isn’t as luscious as before, thanks to hormones being one of the main culprits. However, there’s no reason to panic if you are experiencing excessive shedding!
This is a common issue faced by pregnant Mamas, and there ARE ways out of this. However, before we go into the solutions, we must understand why hair shedding happens in the first place.
What causes pregnancy hair loss?
1. Hormonal changes
Temporary thinning or hair loss among women is mainly caused by stress. This condition is called telogen effluvium, which also affects some pregnant women.
The first trimester typically takes a more significant toll on the body due to the drastic hormonal changes made to support the growth of the fetus. As a result, roughly 30% of the hair enters the telogen phase or the “resting” phase in the hair growth cycle.
This causes pregnant women to undergo severe hair loss. We typically lose about 100 strands of hair daily, but in contrast, Mamas may lose three times daily during pregnancy!
This condition does not usually exceed 6 months, and will not result in permanent hair loss.
2. Health issues
In addition, health issues may arise during pregnancy that can contribute to telogen effluvium. As a result, it can get very severe, especially if these issues are also causing hormonal imbalances.
3. Thyroid issues
Thyroid problems like hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid resulting in overproduction of the hormone thyroxine) or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid resulting in underproduction of the hormone) can be difficult to detect during pregnancy.
Hypothyroidism is the most common among these two conditions, affecting 2 out of 3 women from 100 pregnant Mamas. In addition, hair loss is one of the effects of this condition.
4. Lack of mineral iron
Lack of iron in the body happens when Mamas do not possess enough red blood cells in their bloodstream to distribute oxygen across the body. This can cause thinning hair, among other issues, like fatigue, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing when carrying out activities, and headaches.
Pregnant Mamas are at higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia. This is especially true if the interval between two pregnancies is too short, if pregnant with twins, or if suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.
Is pregnancy hair loss permanent?
Worry not, Mamas. It is not permanent! After giving birth, your hormones will stabilize again, although the timing would differ for every woman.
Therefore, have patience and wait for those luscious locks after giving birth! The most important thing is to treat it with care by following one of the methods below.
Ways to overcome pregnancy hair loss
As hormones are the leading cause, hair loss is considered challenging to treat. However, it is possible to minimize the amount of hair loss.
Follow the steps below to overcome hair loss during pregnancy!
1. Consume foods rich in iron, protein, and calcium
Eggs, milk, and various vegetables are essential in fulfilling the body’s need for iron and protein. Both nutrients have properties linked to hair growth.
To maximize the benefits of the nutrients, consuming iron and calcium supplements is encouraged. However, it is crucial to visit a doctor to get the correct recommended dosage, as every woman’s body is different.
2. Don’t tie your hair too often
If possible, refrain from tying your hair for long periods, as it can lead to severe hair loss. Instead, when needed, clip it up!
3. Use a wide-toothed comb
Combing your hair with wide-toothed comb results in minor hair fall. However, a regular small-toothbrush can make your hair susceptible to breakage.
4. Stay away from heat
While pregnant and breastfeeding, refrain from hair care that requires heat. Store your hair straighteners, curlers, and dryers for now!
5. Cut your hair short
Besides making yourself look fresh, cutting your hair is an alternative solution to overcoming hair loss. It also keeps you cool when doing activities and makes everyday hair care easier!
6. Wash your hair no more than three times a week
Ensure you are washing your hair no more than three times a week and not every day! This can help your scalp and hair roots become stronger and, thus, reduce hair loss. Keep this up as a weekly routine!
7. Use shampoos and conditioners made especially for pregnant women
You may have found suitable products for your hair as a young adult. However, your hair products must fit your body’s current condition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is due to the hormonal changes in your body, resulting in hair loss and breakage that haunts every Mama during and after giving birth.
Furthermore, various shampoos use harmful ingredients such as parabens, SLS/SLES, and triclosan. These toxic ingredients can cause risks to the fetus during pregnancy. Thus, carefully selecting shampoos, hair serums, and conditioners are vital for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
But you do not have to think too hard! Mama’s Choice Anti-Hair Loss Series is a safe, natural, and halal option for pregnant and breastfeeding Mamas. They are formulated with raw kiwi extracts, candlenut, and aloe vera, which aid in overcoming hair loss and dandruff.
For mamas still experiencing severe hair loss post-birth, you, too can use our calming and natural hair treatment products. (P.S. the whole family can use them too!)
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