Hair Loss During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatments

hair loss during pregnancy

Hair loss during pregnancy: Telogen Effluvium

Around 90% of your hair grows at once, and the rest enters a resting phase. The rest of your hair falls out every two to three months and allows for new growth.Telogen effluviumThis is excessive hair loss that occurs within the first five months of pregnancy. It is common for hair loss to occur during pregnancy. This happens in 40-45% of women. However, this is temporary.

Is it possible to lose hair during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is the most common reason for hair loss. It usually happens after birth. The normal hair loss process involves a greater number of hairs going into the resting phase during pregnancy. This is normal and should start to decrease within three to four months. You may experience unusual hair loss during pregnancy if you have a vitamin or mineral problem.

After pregnancy

Three months following delivery is the most common time for hair loss. Hair loss is prevented by the increase in hormones that occurs during pregnancy. The hormones are back to their normal levels after delivery. This allows hair to fall and returns to its normal cycle. Normal hair loss may occur suddenly if it was not delayed during pregnancy.
Your hair in growth may lose up to 60% and enter the telogen resting condition. Hair loss typically occurs between 3-4 months after delivery, as hair follicles regenerate themselves. This hair loss is temporary and will return to normal in six to twelve months.

Is hair loss possible due to other health problems?

Anything that alters your estrogen hormone balance can cause hair loss.
Hair loss could be a result Any one or more of these:

  • Stopping Birth Control Pills and any other hormonal birth control method
  • Miscarriage and Stillbirth
  • Abortion
  • Hormonal imbalance

Positive side of pregnancy and your hair:

The estrogen hormones are more active during pregnancy. Estrogen stimulates hair growth and keeps hair in the growing phase. You can expect full and luxurious hair while you’re pregnant.

Recommendations during pregnancy and after delivery:

There are many things you can do in order to be healthier. Hair loss after pregnancy and during childbirth can be prevented or reduced

  • Talk to your doctor about ensuring a healthy balance of hormones
  • Avoid pulling your hair with tight hair rollers, cornrows or hair braids.
  • A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help to promote hair growth and protection of hair follicles.
  • Shampoos and conditioners with biotin or silica should be used
  • Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair so use gentle combs to avoid damage.
  • Use the cool setting if you have to use a blow dryer or other heated hair instrument.
  • These nutrients can be added to your diet:
    • Vitamin B complex
    • Biotin (possibly safe, orally and appropriately).
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E (Safe if the amount is below the RDA, but possible danger if it exceeds the RDA)
    • Zinc is most likely safe when taken orally and in appropriate amounts; it can be dangerous if taken orally in large doses.

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