Nutrition is vital during pregnancy. Women should ensure they are getting adequate amounts of vitamins, iron, and zinc during pregnancy. If your diet cannot provide the ideal quantities of these nutrients, then supplementation may be the solution. A large number of women suffer post-partum hair loss in the two to five months after delivery. This hair loss should be a temporary situation caused by hormonal imbalances during pregnancy. Once the hormone levels return to normal, hair growth should be restored.

What causes hair loss after pregnancy

When hair falls in clumps soon after giving birth, this condition is known as telogen effluvium. This condition occurs because during pregnancy, a higher percentage of hair cells go into the resting phase of their growth cycle. This is a transient phase and any hair lost will be recovered within six months to a year.

What other causes of hair loss can be linked to reproductive health?

Proper balance of the hormone estrogen in the body is critical to healthy hair growth. Any imbalances will surely result in hair loss. The following can also cause hormonal imbalances and lead to hair loss:

  • Birth control pills
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Abortion
  • Other types of hormonal birth control methods

Protecting against hair loss during pregnancy

Ensuring a perfectly balanced diet during pregnancy is one way of preventing hair loss. Other methods include the following:

  • Avoiding stress placed on your hair through hairstyle choices. Avoid cornrows, hair extensions, or braids. Also, avoid using heat on your hair in the form of hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Eating a vitamin-and-nutrient-rich diet and consider taking zinc and vitamins B complex as well as C and E supplements.

Pregnancy is a stressful time, especially for new mothers. This stress may often lead to telogen effluvium. Again, this is a short-term hair loss condition and once the cause of stress is removed, hair coverage should fully recover.

If you have suffered excessive hair loss during or post pregnancy and don’t seem to be recovering your natural hair, there may be other causes. Consulting with a hair loss specialist is a natural next step. Vinci Hair Clinic experts can diagnose hair loss problems and provide advice on the best steps to take.

Pregnancy and Hair Loss