Hair loss during Pregnancy – everything you want To Know
Hair loss during pregnancy: various cultures have given a huge significance to hair, especially that of women. For women, in many cultures, to have lots of hair is a sign of good health and youth. In the patriarchal society, we live in, to have less hair is believed to decrease a woman’s beauty.
Hence, in many countries, to have less hair largely affects a woman’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Hair loss during pregnancycan cause alarming distress in a woman. While it need not be true, such is the case of men and women, in general, as both are in pursuit of external beauty and demonstrate great importance over the factors that contribute to it; which in this case, is hair.
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in the life of a woman. It is a stage in which a woman is credited with aiding in the procreation. But pregnancy itself tests a woman’s self-esteem and sense of self. Generally, ‘first time’ pregnant women tend to be worrisome regarding protecting the child before delivery and delivery of the child itself.
But another worry of women is whether they will be able to lose the weight put on during pregnancy. When hair loss occurs during pregnancy, it increases their anxiety even more. While weight gain can be easily and quickly reduced, it is not so for hair loss. Hair growth takes a bit of time and it occurs gradually.
In a study, over a period of 3 yrs, 375 women were studied and it was found that the most asked question by the participants was ‘how will pregnancy affect my hair?’ So why does hair loss take place when you are pregnant and how can one reduce hair loss during pregnancy and promote hair growth? This article seeks to help all the pregnant ‘mommies’ around the world with their hair problem.
First up, why does hair fall during pregnancy?
According to a source, 90 percent of our hair is involved in the process of growing while the remaining 10 percent is in a resting phase. Every 2 to 3 months, hair enters a resting phase and falls out, allowing new hair to grow in its place. But in the event of increased stress, excessive hair fall occurs between 1 to 5 months.
This is a common occurrence known as Telogen effluvium. It has been found that, while hair enters the resting phase during pregnancy, it is only after delivery ( within a period of 3 months ) that hair loss occurs. But this is temporary.
The reason for hair loss following deliver is that during pregnancy, the increased hormonal secretion postpones normal hair loss. After pregnancy, the body returns back to normal hormonal levels and the postponed hair loss takes effect causing much hair to fall out.
Hair loss during pregnancy has been credited as of being due to mineral and vitamin deficiency. Other causes of hair loss during pregnancy have been found to be due to:
1. Change in the level of estrogen secretion
3. Miscarriage and stillbirth
4. Discontinuation of birth control pills
Secondly, how to reduce hair loss during pregnancyand promote hair growth?
In order to reduce hair loss, it is important:
1. To avoid excessive stress on hair due to hair styling or tying up hair in braids and pigtails. It causes hair to elongate and break.
2. To be gentle on hair when it is wet as wet hair is fragile and makes hair brittle (easy to break ).
3. To limit usage of hair products especially shampoos, conditioners, hair creams, and gels.
4. To reduce the heat level when using hair dryers.
5. To avoid much of direct exposure to sunlight.
6. To avoid wearing headgear such as caps and hats.
7. To avoid using hot rollers, curling irons, and hot oil.
8. To consult with a medical specialist, in case of drastic hair loss.
9. To identify and manage psycho-social stressors found in the environment. Stress has been found to be a prominent cause of hair loss. As previously discussed, it is known to initiate Telogen effluvium. Hence it is important to have appropriate rest and relaxation to combat stress and hence preserve hair.
Hair growth can be promoted by the following traditional and natural methods. One does not need to rely on artificial or commercial hair products or treatments to promote hair growth ( in most cases ).
Hair growth can be promoted naturally by:
1. Warm oil massage:
At most times, all your hair needs is a nice and warm oil massage to nourish the scalp and hair follicles with vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, and mustard oils have proven to provide the best results.
2. Aloe vera gel:
Most hair products contain aloe Vera extracts in them. But why go for an extract when you can reap the benefits of the ‘real thing’, fully and directly. When you cut an aloe Vera leaf, you can find a sticky and gel-like substance oozing out from the leaf. What is suggested is that one either directly applies the gel over hair or one grinds the leaves into a paste and then spreads it over hair. In the end both provide the same results; aloe Vera helps not only in nourishing hair and scalp but also in preventing dandruff and making the head cool.
3. Egg, curd and olive oil concoction:
Another natural hair growth technique is to mix egg, curd and olive oil and apply the concoction on hair once a week. Egg and curd are rich in Vitamin B, biotin and proteins and thus nourish the hair follicles and scalp.
4. Lemon juice:
Applying cool lemon juice extract (squeezed and undiluted lemon juice ) to hair helps to prevent both dandruff and nourish hair with Vitamin C. It also gives hair a shiny gleam.
5. The Indian Gooseberry ( Amla ): Amla is known to be a very good treatment for hair growth. Consuming amla (either directly or in powder form) and applying amla oil or paste to hair s