Pregnancy and Post-Partum Hair Loss

You have discovered you are pregnant. You have broken the news to your husband and you are thrilled. Your parents and his parents are already collecting booties and bonnets. You are thinking about whether you should paint the guest room blue or pink.

And then you started noticing changes in your body. Yes there is weight gain, back pain and morning sickness. But everyone keeps telling you how great you look, that you have a glow. And if that doesn’t stop you from a little blue, there is some more good news. Pregnancy is a special time for women and it is great time for hair. During pregnancy there is an increase in the level of estrogen hormones. The estrogen hormone causes hair to remain in the growing phase and stimulate the growth of hair. So while you are pregnant you should expect a full luxurious head of hair. No wonder we find so many pregnant women looking gorgeous.

Post pregnancy, however, the story’s slightly different. You might find the thick mane of hair you acquired during pregnancy beginning to thin, as estrogen level fall.

This normally happens three months after the event which is called as post-partum hair loss. Hair will start falling in copious bunches, even on the slightest touch accompanied in some cases. With increase soreness at the scalp in the front, the top and thinning of hair. The hair are suddenly pushed in the Telogen phase which is the falling phase. This type of hair loss after pregnancy is often is called as Telogen Effluvium.

The luxuriant growth during pregnancy becomes a thing of the past. Hormonal changes, physical stress brought out by pregnancy and lack of sleep because of young baby, all takes a toll as a result the intake of proper diet and enough water also goes for a toss. With proper dietary care including hair foods spinach in any form, Paneer 5-6 cubes, milk – 2 glasses, almonds 2-4 daily and 12-14 glasses of water and vitamins combined with adequate rest should slow down hair loss.

Hair oil is a very good hair and scalp conditioner. Just as care is taken for the body with the help of regular massaging, oiling of hair acts as a great benefit for your hair. It doesn’t stop your hair loss but helps to condition your hair and scalp which is a pre-requisite for healthy hair.

Characteristics of healthy hair

1. Thick and dense
2. Fine and silky, which means not too oily or rough
3. Luster-filled, having shine and gloss
4. Pliable, capable of setting and styling
5. Full bodied and not limp or lank.

The hair loss that many women have after giving birth is common and known as “telogen effluvium”. It can be more than a nuisance occasionally, those shed hair can get wrapped around baby’s toes catering a tourniquet that cuts off the circulation. The condition is not very common and the exact incidence is not known. The condition referred to as toe tourniquet syndrome when a loose hair or thread becomes so tightly wrapped around a baby’s toes that pain and discoloring occur. It can occur from 1-15 months of age but usually occurs at an age when their mother’s post delivery hair loss is at its peak. The only symptom is fussiness and one of the toes are swollen, purple and tender to touch. Look for a fine line indention and blue or red toe. Treatment is to soak the toe in a hair dissolving solution.

So watch the hair and toes!

If hair loss still persists then you need the specialist attention of a Trichologist, to help your crowning Glory!