How to Avoid Hair Loss During and After Pregnancy
Pregnancy is indeed one the important phase of women’s lives. But also it is the period of numerous biological changes. During the time of pregnancy and delivery, there is a huge variation in the hormonal level in mother’s body. This variation can trigger changes the in the normal physiological functions.
Oestrogen, a female sex hormone shows a high increase during the time of pregnancy and a gradual decrease after delivery. Amount of oestrogen is directly related to the hair growth in the scalp. This causes an increase in the hair growth during the gestation period and temporary increase in hair fall postpartum.
At normal condition, 85 % of our hair will be in a growing phase and the 15 % will remain in the rest phase. Each hair grows for a period of 4 years and then stays in a quiescent state. Hair in resting period will get replaced by the newly forming hair. During pregnancy due to the oestrogen surge, hair will remain in the rest phase without falling; this causes an increase in the hair volume. After delivery hair in the dormant phase will start shedding at a higher rate than normal. Normally we lose almost 80 – 100 hair per day and a hair shedding more than that are considered as hair fall. During pregnancy, these numbers go down and after delivery, the number will be more than the average range.
It is important to realize that the postpartum hair fall is temporary and hair will go back to the normal stage within months. Effect of hair fall is more visible since the hair volume was high during pregnancy. There are different remedies to bring down the hair shedding.
- Maintain mental wellness
It is not easy to stay calm and cool when you give birth to a baby. But if you try to maintain better mental health, it can be good for your baby also.A relaxed mental state can help in maintaining good hair health since stress has a direct influence on hair fall. The more you are tensed about hair fall more lose you have to experience. Stress can be reduced by adding yoga and meditation to your daily routines.
- Concentrate on your diet
Better food habits can also help in preventing the tremendous decrease in the hair volume. Food rich in protein is mandatory for normal hair growth. Supplementing food with biotin, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acid can be done to enhance hair growth. Iron is also an important nutrient to be added on the diet.
- Biotin : whole grains.
- Protein : egg, chicken, turkey, nuts
- Vitamin C : citrus fruits
- Omega-3 fatty acid: almond, walnut.
- Iron : dates, meat, fish, spinach, soybeans
- Home remedies
- Oil massaging
Proper blood circulation can trigger hair growth, so massaging head with oil can help in maintaining normal hair volume and it also moisturize the scalp.
- Aloe vera
Aloe Vera gel is used as hair moisturiser and it helps in the proper functioning of the hair follicle. Crushed aloe vera gel can be applied to the hair and rinse hair after 30 minutes using water.
- Egg white
Egg white can be applied to scalp for nourishing and moisturizing hair follicle and scalp. Wash hair after 10 minutes with water.
- Find suitable hair product
Selecting a best shampoo and conditioner is important in keeping up natural hair volume. Use hair products containing biotin or silica. Avoid intensive hair products since it enhances splitting of weakened hair.
Dos and Don’ts
- Don’t undergo any chemical treatments like colouring.
- Don’t go for straightening, curling, heating or ironing of hair.
- Don’t wash hair daily and go for two hair wash per week.
- Don’t tie hair tightly.
- Do use natural hair masks like yogurt, avocado, castor oil, green tea, etc.
- Do use combs with wide teeth.
If the hair shedding persists for long time period consult a physician and take a vitamin supplement or hormonal supplements. A certain type of hormonal birth controls can also help in reducing hair loss since it increases the oestrogen level.