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Hair Loss during Pregnancy

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  1. Hair Loss during Pregnancy
  2. Is hair loss during pregnancy is normal or abnormal?
  3. Hair loss and other reproductive health issues?
  4. Recommendations for Hair During and after Pregnancy

Hair Loss during Pregnancy

Almost 90% of your hair grow at one time, while 10% may enter into the resting phase. The resting hair falls allows the new hairs to come out as they fall after every two to three months.

The hair loss which occurs during first 5 months following pregnancy are termed as Telogen effluvium. It is very common and affects more than 40-45% of women during pregnancy. Telogen effluvium is temporary, like all other pregnancy changes.

Is hair loss during pregnancy is normal or abnormal?

Normally, hair loss which is associated with pregnancy occurs soon after delivery. During pregnancy, most of the women experienced an increase in the number of hairs in the resting phase; it is usually a part of the typical hair loss cycle.
The condition is not very cautious, because it doesn’t cause permanent bald spots and in return doesn’t cause permanent hair loss. The condition normally diminishes after 3-4 months after having delivery. If the condition is somewhat else, and you are experiencing unusual hair loss during pregnancy, the only reason for this hair loss is the mineral and vitamin deficiency. Mostly, the hair loss occurs after 3 months of delivery. This is because the rise into the hormone level during pregnancy prevents hair loss. After pregnancy as the hormone level drop down to regular, your hairs fall down to the normal hair loss-cycle.

It is estimated that almost 60% of hair in the growth state starts entering into the telogen resting phase. This hair loss is at its peak during 3-4 months after delivery.

This hair loss is usual and temporary and returns to normal with a year.

Hair loss and other reproductive health issues?

Hair loss during pregnancy can be triggered by any change, which results in an imbalance of estrogen level within the body. Hair loss can be associated with the issues listed below:

  • Adoption of birth-control method or discontinuation of pills, especially birth controlling pills,
  • Stillbirth or miscarriage
  • Abortion is also associated with severe hair-loss
  • Imbalance in the estrogen level

Positive effects of Pregnancy and Hair:

As mentioned above the estrogen level increases during pregnancy, which causes the hair to remain in growing period and hence increases the hair growth. During pregnancy, you have a luxurious head with extra hairs.

Recommendations for Hair During and after Pregnancy

A number of things you can do to have healthier and shiny hairs, and to reduce hair fall during and after pregnancy:

  • Consistently check out your hormone level and keep it on the optimum level.
  • Always avoid cornrows, braids, pigtails, hair weaves, which has a direct impact on your hair.
  • Increase fruits and vegetables in your diets, because these contain antioxidants and flavonoids, which provide protection to hair.
  • Use conditioners and shampoos enriched with silica and biotin.
  • Hairs are fragile when wet, avoid hard tooth combs.
  • Avoid hair driers and heated instruments as they stretch hairs unevenly.



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