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Does hair loss increase during pregnancy?

Daily loss hair is a natural occurrence. It’s normal, not something to worry about. We lose our hair every day. It mostly often happens during combing or in the bathroom. During pregnancy women usually have bright, lustrous hair but sometimes hair loss in pregnancy becomes a problem.Stay here to see why it happens and how to solve this problem.

What causes hair loss?

Both men and women lose an average of around 50 to 100 hairs each day.Naturally women in pregnancy have beautiful hairs due to the secretion of estrogen. Estrogen prevents from hair loss. But it does not happen for all pregnant women alike.  Women can loss their hair in pregnancy for some reason. Some of these reasons are:

  1. Hormonal changes

The first trimester may put pressure on the body because the balance of hormones shifts vastly to support the growing baby. Stress may put your hair on the resting phase of the hair life cycle. As the result, instead of losing an average of 100 hairs each day, you lose 300 hairs.

Bad news is that you don’t notice hormonal hair loss sooner than two to four months because it gradually shows up. Good news is this status lasts 6 months and does not lead to permanent hair loss.

  1. Lack of adequate nutrition

Poor nutrition can lead to weakness of the body and hair loss. Specially in pregnancy a proper diet has a great significance. Hair loss in pregnancy can be rooted in poor nutrition.

  1. stress

Stress is another probable cause of hair loss. Pregnancy can have a big challenge for you and your body. It can affect your mental and emotional wellness as well. Fear and physical changes can make you nervous.Take care of yourself. If you feel you need help, don’t hesitate to talk to a psychotherapist.

  1. Iron deficiency

Hair loss can be a sign of iron deficiency. Pregnancy increases your risk of iron deficiency anemia.Are you sure to get enough amount of iron? It can have many consequences that hair loss is the smallest among them! Check your blood iron level by a simple blood test.

  1. special diseases

Some diseases cause hair loss. One of them is thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid is of the organs that can effect on balancing hormones in the body. Thyroid dysfunction often has symptoms such as hair loss.

Dysfunction means both hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism. In most cases, hair loss caused by thyroid dysfunction occurs uniformly in all parts of the head.

  1. Genetics

  2. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS hair loss caused by hormonal imbalance. Any hair that you lose due to PCOS won’t grow back on its own.

But, with treatment, you may be able to stimulate the growth of new hair. additionally, there are several things you can do to mask PCOS-related hair loss.

It can be treated by hormone regulation with a variety of medications. Often a combination of medicines needed for the treatment. Also consuming zinc, Biotin and weight loss can help you through the way.

How to control hair loss in pregnancy?

Preventing hair loss in pregnancy completely depends on the cause of it. Until you don’t find the reason, you cannot be cured.Some general tips can help you to keep your healthy hair or get it back!

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  • Use home remedies

Home remedies are not always options to recommend but for hair loss you can try some of them to see if it’s useful.

For example, Apply Aloe Vera gel on your scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well. You could also apply a mix of one beaten egg and lemon juice on your scalp and wash after 30 minutes.

  • Follow a diet

A mother-to-be should consume a diet full of vitamins, minerals and proteins that replenish the body with lost nutrients. Such diet also improves the health of the hair, skin, and body.

  • Do not brush wet hair

Not a complicated but important tip! Wet hair is vulnerable. Let it get dry naturally.

  • Protect your scalp from direct sunlight and heat

Direct sunlight and heat can have a destructive effect on your hair. Stay away of them to help your hair loss to stop.

  • Consume supplements

Lack of supplements is a main reason for hair loss, whether during pregnancy or at other times. Vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss, or make existing hair loss worse.Receiving enough Iron as mentioned, Vitamin D, zinc and Selenium are necessary for having healthy hair.Deficiency Selenium may disrupt thyroid functioning, which can cause hypothyroidism and hair loss.

Following a healthy, balanced diet can help a lot. Focus on getting enough protein, iron, and other important nutrients.You may also ask your doctor about the best prenatal vitamin for you, whether over-the-counter or by prescription.

No need to worry about pregnancy hair loss

Hair loss during pregnancy is normal although it’s not that common. So don’t worry.It should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery. If hair loss does not heal Spontaneously, contact your physician.

Hair loss also can happen after giving birth. After giving birth, breastfeeding is a main cause of hair loss.For post-partum hair loss, you’d better see your doctor and avoid home remedies specially if you breastfeed the baby.

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