Hair loss during pregnancy

Although it is a rare symptom during pregnancy, some women do experience hair loss whilst they are pregnant and there is normally no reason to worry if you do experience hair loss.

There is no evidence that suggests why some women find their hair falls out although it is possible that due to the higher levels of the hormone progesterone, the hair can become drier.  If hair is very dry, it can crack or break very easily. This can make hair seem that it is falling out from the roots and cause you to worry.

If you are experience hair loss, you should speak to your midwife or doctor who will ensure that there is no other cause for the hair loss and will be able to offer advice on how to limit the damage to you hair. This advice may include:

  • Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables as the vitamins and antioxidants may help to protect the hair follicles
  • Do not use or limit the use of hair dyes or heating treatments to the hair such as curling, tonging or straightening tools.
  • Use a milder shampoo and conditioner and reduce the use of hair sprays and gels.
  • Wear your hair down whenever possible as tying it up may pull on your hair and make it more likely to break.

It is more common for women to experience hair loss after pregnancy and there is a chance that women who experience hair loss whilst pregnant are less likely to suffer from hair loss after the birth of their baby.

Eventually, after the birth of your baby, your hair will return to its pre-pregnancy state although this may take some time.

If you have any concerns about hair loss during your pregnancy, you should speak to your midwife. If you feel that your hair has not returned to its pre-pregnancy state after your body has returned to normal after the delivery of your baby, you should speak to your doctor.

by Jenny, mum to William and James

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