Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in your body. Hair loss could be just one of them. Though many women experience luscious hair growth during pregnancy due to the play of hormones, hair fall after delivery is a common phenomenon. In the weeks following delivery, new moms suffer from severe hair fall as the hormones are adjusting themselves and returning to their normal phase. It takes 9 to 12 months for the hair growth cycle to return to normal.
Now, let’s first explore the common causes of pregnancy hair fall:
Lack of adequate nutrition
Poor nutrition can lead to weakness in the body and hair loss troubles. Some women suffer from hair fall due to the deficiency of iron, vitamins, and minerals during pregnancy.
Poor health and medications
Health conditions like gestational diabetes can lead to hair loss problems. If you are taking medications for blood pressure or depression, they could trigger hair fall, as well.
Skin allergies and scalp infections
Are you going bald in certain areas of your scalp? It could be due to some allergy or a fungal infection. Consult your doctor to find the real reason.
Poor quality hair care products
You would be surprised to know that the real culprit behind your hair loss could be in your bathroom shelf. The skin and hair of women become very sensitive during pregnancy. Avoid shampoos and hair conditioners that are laced with harmful chemicals that may lead to hair loss and could even be harmful for the health of your developing fetus.
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What steps should I take to prevent and control hair loss during pregnancy?
Regular scalp massage
Develop a hair care regime where you massage your hair at least twice a week. Select natural oils like coconut, jojoba, almond oil, olive oil and more. Massage your scalp thoroughly with lukewarm oil before going to bed or two hours before taking a bath. It stimulates the blood circulation and the minerals of the oil seep deep into the layers of your scalp providing nourishment and strength to the hair follicles.
An expectant mother should consume a diet full of minerals, proteins, and vitamins that replenish the body with lost nutrients and boost the health of the hair, skin, and body. Drink plenty of fluids to flush out toxins from the body and consume fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins.
Apart from eating nutritious food, you could directly feed your hair with homemade packs. Apply Aloe Vera gel on your scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well. You could also apply a mix of one beaten egg and lemon juice on your scalp and wash after 30 minutes. Replace egg white with curd in case you do not use egg. These natural remedies nurture the hair follicles and keep your hair healthy.
Avoid styling products and treat your hair gently
If you are suffering from hair loss during pregnancy, avoid chemicals like hair dyes, styling, and straightening products. Comb your hair gently and do not tie them into tight hairstyles. Use a wide-bristled comb and never comb your hair when wet as it would lead to more hair loss.
Use good-quality hair care products
Use only good-quality natural pregnancy shampoos and conditioners for hair care which are tested-safe for you and your baby. A good & natural hair shampoo will clean your scalp and hair strands thoroughly and prevent scalp allergies and infection. In addition, use a nutrient-rich pregnancy conditioner that provides nourishment to the hair follicles, prevents hair fall, and restores sheen & health. Try The Moms Co. Natural, Toxin-Free Protein pregnancy Shampoo which has Gentle, Low-Lathering Coconut-Based Cleansers to clean your hair with the Natural Proteins from Wheat and Silk strengthen, moisturise and help reduce the damage caused by harsh chemicals and pollution.
Apart from the above tips, do consult your doctor to add supplements to your diet to check for any deficiency. Take proper medications to treat underlying conditions that could be the cause of hair loss.