Hair loss after pregnancy and childbirth are common in many women as hormone levels go wild. Use these tips to reduce or prevent hair loss after pregnancy.
Pregnancy can cause numerous mental and physical changes. These changes occur from the early weeks of pregnancy to several months after pregnancy. And did you know that there are many women who experience hair loss after delivery. Is this symptom normal? How long does it last? And what are the appropriate steps you should follow to prevent and treat it?
In general, the phase of after delivery is the reverse phase of during pregnancy. When you are being pregnant, your body has higher levels of pregnancy hormones. The increased estrogen that you have can help your hair keep growing – even it also stimulates a lot of new hairs, as a result you are more likely to have full luxurious head of hair. If you experience unusual hair loss during pregnancy, it may be caused by mineral or vitamin deficiency.
Which is Better?
Everything associated with pregnancy can be exciting, except some unwanted experiences like hair fall. If you wonder how to treat post pregnancy hair loss, here are some effective ideas that you can try.
Add Vitamins and Nutrients
Vitamins B, C, E, zinc and selenium are all nutrients you need for healthy skin, hair and nails, so don’t stop taking vitamins after you give birth. In fact, switch to a postpartum vitamin supplement which can give you the right mix of nutrients you need.
A well-balanced diet is important in keeping your hair roots strong. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will provide enough vitamins and nutrients that are needed for proper hair growth. Consider foods that contain antioxidants and flavonoids.
Stress is very bad for hair loss after pregnancy. It might worsen the condition. It is a normal and natural cycle and do not get worked up by the huge hair fall. Mediate or practice yoga to relax the body and mind. Most of all enjoy the motherhood.
Another supplement worth considering is Biotin. Biotin is a necessary B-vitamin that plays a large role in healthy hair growth and is often lost during pregnancy, according to the Bastyr Center*. Biotin deficiency affects approximately 50 percent of pregnant women (it can cause certian birth defects if left untreated which is a good reason for taking a multi vitamin with plenty of Bs!) Biotin deficiency has also been shown to cause rapid hair loss un-associated with pregnancy so with any case of rapid hair loss it is worth trying. Take 3 mg of a biotin supplement each day or a strong B Complex.
Have you ever heard that washing your hair with beer makes it shiny and strong? It’s not so ridiculous after all, because beer is made from yeast, which contains biotin, folic acid and riboflavin. That doesn’t mean you need to soak your hair in Tiger beer all day. Consider making a DIY hair mask out of brewer’s yeast.
To wash your hair, use a conditioner and shampoo which contain biotin and silica extracts. They are said to encourage the growth of new hair strands.
Take proper sleep to treat hair loss during pregnancy. The required number of sleep hours are a must after the delivery. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.