Some pregnant women have hair loss during pregnancy due to changes in the body or related to the condition of pregnancy. If hair loss is more severe than usual during pregnancy, it may not be possible to avoid it altogether, but try to protect or maintain your hair to reduce hair loss.
Causes of Hair Loss During Pregnancy
In fact, the chance of having hair loss is not high, because the oestrogen hormone is secreted during pregnancy, leaving hair growth at rest.Hair loss is usually due to hormonal changes or changes in the physical condition of pregnant women. The study found that about 40% ~ 50% of pregnant women will lose their hair after pregnancy, plus progesterone (also known as progesterone secretion) leaves hair and the root dry, which can easily break and ultimately causes hair loss to be exacerbated. The following are other causes of hair loss in pregnant women:
Hormones from pregnant women in the first trimester (about 3 months) are transferred to the fetus. Under the hormonal imbalance, pregnant women feel stress, and stress affects the growth cycle of the hair. Hair falls into the rest of the body (Telogen Effluvium), causing more hair loss.
Some pregnant women suffer from Gestational Diabetes or Psoriasis (mold infection), which can cause hair loss. Some drugs or medication that treat hypertension or depression may also cause hair loss.
Inadequate Nutrition can cause hair loss in pregnant women. They need protein, minerals, vitamins, iron and other nutrients. The body will lose nutrition, so if a woman is not healthy enough or lacks these nutrients, then she might face hair loss.
Thyroid Hormone regulates metabolic rate, digestive system, helps mental health, and even aids with the growth of nails and hair. So, low thyroxine can also cause hair loss.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS
This is a hormonal imbalance and a large number of male hormones are produced in pregnant women.This causes more hair in the body, but a part of the hair, most likely on the head, will fall.
Pregnant women with skin allergies or other related symptoms may also affect their scalp, causing thinning or falling hair.
Ways to Avoid Excessive Hair Loss During Pregnancy
Here are a few ways for you to prevent excessive hair loss during pregnancy.
- Have a healthy and balanced diet with more protein, iron and other important nutrients, and consult a physician to supplement the right prenatal vitamins.
- Massage your scalp to promote blood circulation.
- When washing your hair, brush your hair with a wide range of toothed comb, it is less likely to pull it into the hair.
- When your hair is still wet, it is best not to use a comb as the hair follicles of wet hair are soft and easily pulled off.
- Avoid tying braids, heads, ponytails, or any hairstyles that need to be pulled, if necessary, try not twisting, pulling or rubbing your the hair.
- Avoid using hair styling tools such as hair curls, curls, and more.
- Avoid using chemical-containing hair care products or hair dyes as they may have adverse effects on pregnant women’s hair.
How to Care for Hair During Pregnancy
Warm oil massage
Massage the scalp with warm oil to help control hair loss. Coconut oil, almond oil, Jojoba oil, olive oil, mustard oil can be used to moisturize the scalp and prevent hair loss.
Hair loss is also associated with scalp infection or allergies. Natural, organic hair care, shampoo products, for any skin type, are safer, even for people with sensitive skin.
Egg, Yogurt and Olive Oil Blend Hair Care
Mix these 3 together and apply them to the hair for deep care, once a week.
Aloe Vera Gel
The aloe vera extract is often used to relieve skin diseases. It can also be applied to the scalp to relieve hair loss caused by dry or infected scalp.
Lemon Juice with Eggs
Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with an egg, apply the mixture on the scalp, wait for 30 minutes and rinse. This prevents hair loss and makes hair look smooth, shiny and thick.
Fresh coconut milk
Prepare half a cup of fresh coconut milk, apply on the scalp, massage with fingertips, wait 20 to 30 minutes, let the hair fully absorb coconut milk, then wash hair with herb shampoo. This method can moisturize the scalp.