Thursday, November 22, 2007

Pregnancy Hair Loss Is Normal!

Although it is not as common as after birth, hair loss in pregnancy is prevalent. Many of the prevention and treatment methods that can be applied to hair loss following pregnancy can be used during pregnancy as well. There are just a couple of precautionary measures you will need to take during pregnancy. Hair loss after pregnancy is just as common as hair loss during pregnancy. At both times, hair loss is typically caused by surges of hormones, and also the body's focus on the pregnancy above all else. Hair loss may not be what most women expect, but it's really nothing to be embarrassed about, either. If you are experiencing pregnancy related hair loss, just talk to other women who have had one or more pregnancies and you'll find out that you aren't alone!

Is there abnormal hair loss during pregnancy?

Hair loss that is connected to pregnancy usually occurs after delivery. During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle. This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery. If you feel that you are experiencing unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Why does this happen after pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the female body produces high levels of Estrogen to help the growth and health of your baby and of you! This increased level of Estrogen causes more hair growth by sending signals to the follicles. This also speeds up your metabolism, sending more nutrients everywhere in your body, including your scalp.

Many women actually experience hair growth during pregnancy, their hair appearing shiny and lustrous, but then experience hair loss after the pregnancy. This is perfectly natural and most often the changes are only temporary. When the hormone levels begin to re-adjust after the birth, the excess hair grown during the pregnancy falls out.

Some of the most crucial vitamins include Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Including a high amount of fruits and vegetables will supply you with many of these vitamins and minerals needed to maintain your health and prevent hair loss. You should also be taking a daily vitamin of some sort every morning.

While you do not always have complete control over hair loss and your body during pregnancy, taking care of your hair can help reduce the chances of you losing hair. Certain hairstyles should not be worn during pregnancy because of the stress it puts on your hair. Some of these hairstyles include braids, cornrows, and pigtails. You should also try to avoid getting perms and getting your hair colored.

The kinds of shampoos and conditioners used during pregnancy can also affect whether or not you lose hair and how much you lose. There are specific brands that are better than others, which you should ask a physician about. But it is recommended that you use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica.

Post-pregnancy Fallout

After the baby comes, don’t be surprised if all that beautiful new growth begins to fall out. Many women notice increased shedding from about 3 to 6 months after delivery, which is simply a sign of the body adjusting as hormone levels return to normal. It may take a couple of hair growth cycles (up to several years) before your texture completely returns to normal, especially if you wear your hair long.

Remember that everyone’s body – and hair – reacts differently to pregnancy. Have fun with the changes and remember, they’re only temporary.

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