(Hair care during pregnancy)
There are many causes that can lead to hair loss during pregnancy. This can affect the confidence and appearance of the pregnant mother. Therefore, finding the cause and ways to overcome hair loss during pregnancy will be very helpful for you.
Both men and women lose on average 50 to 100 hairs per day. During pregnancy, the increase in estrogen levels in the pregnant woman slows down the cycle of natural hair loss. As a result, some women feel that their hair becomes stronger during pregnancy, but not everyone has the same luck.
Causes of hair loss during pregnancy
The main culprits that make the mother’s hair thinning include:
- Hormonal changes
If experiencing stress for a long time, pregnant women may notice that their hair gradually becomes thinner and more prone to breakage. This condition is called Telogen Effluvium (TE) hair loss and affects a small percentage of pregnant women.
The first trimester usually stresses the body because hormones gradually change to support fetal development. This condition will affect the hair. So, instead of losing an average of 100 hairs a day, you could lose up to 300.
Hair loss caused by hormonal changes may not happen right away. Instead, pregnant women need about 2 to 4 months to be able to notice the hair is gradually thinning. This condition usually does not last longer than 6 months nor does it cause permanent hair loss.
The pregnant woman’s body needs more nutrients during pregnancy. Without adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals, you may experience hair loss. In addition, the excess absorption of vitamin A will cause the opposite effect and affect hair and skin.
- Genetic factors
You may not know it, but hair loss is also inherited. This means that if your parents have ever had this problem, you are also at risk. Some medications and therapies will help pregnant women treat this condition.
- Health issues
Similarly, a pregnant woman may have to face health problems that can arise during pregnancy, leading to hair loss during pregnancy. Such issues include:
- Thyroid problems
Thyroid disorders, such as hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) or hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) can be difficult to detect during pregnancy. In these two conditions, hypothyroidism is more common, affecting about 2 or 3 out of every 100 pregnant women. Hair loss along with cramping, constipation, and exhaustion are symptoms of hypothyroidism that pregnant women should not ignore.
- Iron deficiency
Iron deficiency occurs when there are not enough red blood cells to send oxygen to various tissues in the body. This condition can make the mother’s hair thinning, tired, irregular heartbeat and many other symptoms. Pregnant women are at high risk of iron deficiency anemia, especially if the gap between two pregnancies is quite close, multiple pregnancies or severe morning sickness.
Although hair loss will not last forever, your hair will not be the same as before until the hormones and vitamin levels in the body return to normal.
- Scalp injury
Hair loss is sometimes unrelated to pregnancy. If in recent times, you have done certain beauty treatments, such as curling, straightening or even tying your hair too tightly, your hair is also at risk of breaking.
Control hair loss during pregnancy
Hair loss during pregnancy usually does not require any special treatment. This situation will gradually decrease and disappear over time. In the case of a pregnant woman with conditions such as hypothyroidism or iron deficiency anemia, the doctor may prescribe additional vitamins or medicals to bring the red blood cell level back to normal.
In addition, there are several ways to care for your hair and minimize hair loss including:
- Avoid combing your hair too hard
- Only brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb
- Limit doing such hairstyles as ponytails and buns because tying too tightly can lead to hair loss and breakage
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain flavonoids and antioxidants that help protect hair follicles from damage and stimulate hair growth.
Measures to improve hair loss during pregnancy at home
If you are looking for ways to improve hair loss, try the following suggestions.
- Use organic products
Using natural and organic products is one of the best ways to reduce hair loss which is due to an infection or allergy of the scalp. Plus, natural products are safe for people with sensitive skin. In addition, the fewer chemicals that act, the healthier your hair will become.
- Massage the head with oil
Massaging scalp with warm oil is thought to help control hair loss naturally. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, and olive oil are on the list of the best oils, helping to nourish and protect shiny hair.
- Use aloe vera gel
Aloe extract has the ability to help you deal with most skin disorders. Aloe vera gel, when applied to the scalp, can help treat hair loss caused by dryness and scalp infection.
- Coconut milk
Another suggestion for you is to massage your head with fresh coconut milk for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with clean water or herbal shampoo. This will help nourish the scalp as well as hair from root to tip.
- Lemon juice
Beat an egg and mix it with a spoon of lemon juice. Rub this mixture on your scalp and leave it on for about 30 minutes, then rinse it off. Your hair will not only reduce breakage but will also help thicken and soften the hair.
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