In pregnancy, hair grows faster and changes its texture, but almost 50 percent of women have problems with hair loss most commonly after birth.
The hair growth cycle takes place in two phases, active and passive. Almost 90 percent of hair is constantly growing, and 10 percent of the hair is in the sleep phase. After passing this stage, the hair falls off and the replacement is new. Every day, 100 hairs fell out. During pregnancy, elevated levels of sex hormone estrogen extend the growth phase and reduce hair loss, which makes the hair become thicker and shiny.
Changes in hormonal balance affect hair growth but also change its texture. So straight hair can start to curl and curls straighten. In addition, the hair may be heavily enhanced or excessively dry, but it depends on the genetics and skin type, American Pregnancy writes.
During pregnancy, high levels of hormone prevent excessive hair loss, but after birth it drastically falls, causing hair loss. Hair is most likely to fall on the line with their forehead. Already 12 weeks after birth, the scalp slowly returns to normal, and full recovery can be expected in six to 12 months.
Hair care in pregnancy
Hair loss during pregnancy and after delivery may be alleviated by proper care. The best choice is silicone shampoo that covers the hair, smoothes the cuticles and prevents drying. However, you should not overdo it with it as silicone can accumulate on the hair and cause scratching.
The hair should be combed from top to root, to reduce hair cracking. Also, it is advisable to avoid punctures and braids that too tighten the hair and cause breakage.
In addition to care, it is also necessary to adjust the diet. The best choice is food rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that protect the follicle and stimulate faster growth. For strong hair should eat peas, carrots, and nuts. Also, vitamins C and B supplementation of zinc are also helpful, but it is advisable to consult a physician before taking it.
Although most pregnant women enjoy their beautiful and lush hair during pregnancy, and only after the birth, they fight the hair loss, very rarely, but it is possible that hair is falling as well as in pregnancy. The only explanation is the hair loss due to high progesterone levels. Sometimes excess progesterone causes fracture and high sensitivity of the hair, and it is very easy to shoot, so it is possible if you notice that the hair becomes more and more rare that it is not about classic hair loss but about breaking hair in the skin itself. When the root of the hair remains intact, it is much easier to fix the hair’s density.
Although hair loss is a rather unusual occurrence during pregnancy, do not panic and try to correct the condition with a proper diet rich in fruits and vegetables. If you do not notice any improvement over time, contact your doctor in order to determine with certainty the cause of hair loss.