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How To Prevent Hair Loss During Pregnancy?

While some pregnant women might notice their hair appearing thicker thanks to the higher levels of estrogen, most, unfortunately, experience hair loss. We will explain how to prevent hair loss during pregnancy.

Hair is a big part of who you are and with the hormonal changes, you might feel worse than average about your hair loss.

Pregnancy is such a glorious moment in a woman’s life. On the other side of the road, it’s also one of the most sensitive periods. From morning sickness to mood swings and unusual cravings, various changes occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy.

How to prevent hair loss during pregnancy?

Now for the best part, let’s look at remedies and treatment options how to prevent hair loss during pregnancy and bring life back to your hair as you prepare to bring another life into this world.

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2. Don’t brush excessively nor wear your hair tightly

Styling plays a big role in the condition of your hair. If you’re already experiencing hair thinning, brushing excessively may cause more hair to fall out. Similarly, wearing tight hairstyles such as ponytails, cornrows, weaves, and braids put excess strain and tension on the hair and scalp. They look gorgeous but they hurt your hair’s health as these hairstyles can lead to breakage or shedding.

3. Don’t dye your hair

Hair color is thought to be harmless to a developing baby as the body does not absorb enough chemicals from it. However, there is still a lack of evidence on the correlation between hair dye and pregnancy, making the information inconclusive. Thus, you might want to delay going platinum blonde until you have delivered your baby just to be safe. Besides, there’s no harm in being cautious, right?

4. Don’t use hair products that contain these chemicals

If you’re following a religious hair care routine, you might want to tweak it and bid goodbye to certain ingredients like the following:

  • Diethanolamine (DEA): can alter a baby’s brain development
  • Formaldehyde: has been linked to spontaneous abortions, congenital malformations, and premature birth
  • Parabens and rosemary: proven to negatively impact an infant’s growth
  • Synthetic fragrances: may contain phthalates, a chemical that may alter hormone levels
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): may damage a baby’s developing nervous system
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate: has been linked to birth defects in animal studies
  • Minoxidil: might cause hypertrichosis or excessive hair growth in an infant in the uterus
  • Cocamidopropyl-betaine: has negative effects on your body.

Plus, take a look at these skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy.

5. Eat a healthy diet

Expecting women are particularly advised to eat a balanced diet high in fruits and greens, as these are packed with flavonoids and antioxidants that protect hair follicles.

6. Consult your doctor

Regular consultations are vital, not only to monitor the development of the baby but the woman’s health as well. If you notice you’re shedding more strands than usual, it wouldn’t hurt to visit your doctor. This is to find out if it’s simply due to hormonal changes or if an underlying condition is causing it. Tackling the root cause of hair thinning during pregnancy is key in treating and preventing hair loss.

What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

1. Hormonal changes

During pregnancy, there are hormonal shifts that happen to a woman’s body. For instance, a woman’s body produces more estrogen when pregnant than at any other period of her life, and her progesterone levels also increase. This rise in hormone levels helps in supporting the baby and transferring nutrients. However, it may also impede hair growth as the body experiences stress when adapting to these changes in the first trimester.

2. Health issues

If hair thinning during pregnancy isn’t caused by hormonal changes, it may be traced back to an underlying health condition. Pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of developing certain ailments. An example is a hypothyroidism in which your thyroid glands do not produce enough hormones. It occurs in 2 to 3 pregnancies out of 100. This condition results in hair loss in addition to muscle cramps, exhaustion, and constipation. Similarly, having an overactive thyroid also causes hair to fall out more.

Another condition is iron deficiency. This happens as the blood supply surges to provide blood and oxygen to the baby. Again, one of its symptoms is hair loss.

3. Poor nutrition

A woman’s body needs to be healthy during pregnancy as it no longer supports herself only, but also the developing fetus. Hence, a balanced intake of nutrients is crucial for the mother and her child. Insufficient intake of protein, vitamins, and minerals can be harmful. The same is true for excessive intake of certain vitamins such as the retinol form of vitamin A, which can lead to hair loss.

4. Cessation of birth control methods

It takes time for the body to adjust to the sudden need to produce hormones that birth control pills impede. When a woman stops using birth control medications and the body starts to adjust to them, she might experience hair loss.

Our takeaway

Hair loss during pregnancy is a normal occurrence caused by several external factors.

The good news is, you can do something about it! Don’t let thinning hair keep you from enjoying this magical moment of your life.

With our suggested steps, you’re sure to get your crowning glory back to its best and healthiest condition and be the glowing mom-to-be that you are!

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Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.D.
Dr. Ahmad Fayyaz Chaudhry earned his MBBS degree from Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, in 2020. During graduation, he enrolled himself in the Dermatology Ward DHQ Hospital Faisalabad for all the necessary training required to pass the bachelor's exam and encounter dermatological diseases daily. Currently, he is posted as a House Physician in the Medical Unit 3 Allied Hospital Faisalabad, where he encounters all kinds of hepatic, cardiac, neurological, and dermatological diseases daily.

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