What are the reasons for hair loss in pregnant women?

Pregnancy hair lossPregnancy is a wonderful experience for all women. However, post-pregnancy women are haunted by multiple medical problems like depression, feelings of anxiousness and hair loss. Telogen effluvium is a term used to refer the excess hair fall that happens during post pregnancy up to five months. It is not a permanent phenomenon, rather it is a temporary one. About 50% of the women are affected by hair fall post-pregnancy.

Hair starts to fall post-delivery as a majority of the hair follicles enters the resting phase. Indeed, hair loss experts attribute this as a part of normal hair loss cycle. This problem is not extremely aggressive to an extent that it create bald spots on the head. However, hair loss is controlled in a period of 3-4 months post-delivery.

There are some instances when women continue to experience this problem even after the 4 months’ time period after delivery. The reason for it could be the deficiency in minerals and vitamins in the body. Pregnant mothers are advised to glance through the women wellness tips published by any reputed healthcare portal.

Causes for hair loss:

One prime cause of hair fall post pregnancy is the fluctuating levels of hormones. During the pregnancy phase, there is a substantial increase in the levels of hormones. This indeed prevents hair fall to a greater extent. However, post the delivery hormone levels transition to its normal state and is estimated that about 60% of the hair in the growth phase enters the resting phase during the hormone multiplication process. The rejuvenation period of hair follicles is the 3-4 months’ time period, and that’s when there is an increase in the hair fall. In general, falling off hair is triggered as a result of the fluctuation in the estrogen hormones. In some cases, acute stress can also be one of the probable causes of hair loss.

The other causes of hair falling during post pregnancy phase are

  • Imbalance in the hormonal levels
  • Miscarriage
  • Abruptly stopping the usage of birth control pills

The other positive aspect is that there is an increase in the production of estrogen hormones during pregnancy. Hence, pregnant mothers can stimulate their hair growth during pregnancy. Women can be assured of experiencing a robust hair growth during the pregnancy phase.

How to overcome hair loss post pregnancy?

It is better advised to consult the doctor for ensuring hormonal balance post pregnancy. Eat more of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants that protect the hair follicles from damage caused by hormonal imbalance. Also, have food rich in vitamin B complex and vitamin C. Avoid using tooth combs to comb your wet hair. Better opt for shampoos and conditioners rich in silica and biotin.