Hair Loss During Pregnancy: Is That Possible?
Hair loss might be one of the greatests women’s problem ever (of course other than skin problem and weight) in their appearance. As there is a saying which refers to women’s hair as their crown, women love to have a strong and healthy hair that can boost their confidence and this is not an exception for a pregnant woman.
Unfortunately, hair loss during pregnancy is very common. Diffuse hair loss, or telogen effluvium, is a form of hair loss during pregnancy. In normal situation, 90% of human’s hair is growing over time, while 10% of it is in the resting phase. The resting hair will fall every two to three months, and new batch of hair will grow on to the fallen hair strands to replace them.
Hair Loss During Pregnancy: more information
Telogen effluvium, in this case, is referred as excessive hair shedding during pregnancy. During pregnancy, significant number of hairs will go into resting phase. The symptoms of hair loss can be observed after two to four months of pregnancy.
Although there might be significant amount of hair loss during pregnancy, the hormones that can counteract this problem is also usually increasing during pregnancy. Hair loss during pregnancy will be supressed by the act of enzymes.
Therefore, even though the hair fall still occur, it will not be significant enough to cause blad spots or permanent hair loss. Moreover, hair loss during pregnancy will cease 3 to 4 months after delivery. The cause of hair loss during pregnancy can be hormone imbalance (estrogen imbalance) in the mother’s body system. However, it can also occur due to deficiency of mineral and vitamin.
Hair Loss During Pregnancy: causes
The major cause of the hair loss during pregnancy is the insufficient level of iron in the mother’s blood. During pregnancy, the volume of the blood plasma in the mother’s blood vessel will increase significantly due to the burden of the delivering the nutrient not only to her body, but also to the fetus’ body.
The increase in blood plasma, if not being balanced with proper iron concentration in the diet, can lead to insufficient iron concentration in the mother’s plasma. One of the consequences of this other than anemia would be the occurence of hair loss.
However, the studies which were conducted on this matter are still found to be inconclusive; but mostly can be considered as quite true even though it is not clear whether by increasing the iron level of the pregnant woman will recover her from hair loss during pregnancy or not.
Hair Loss During Pregnancy: conclusions
There are several useful instruction which can limit hair loss during pregnancy, which include avoidance of the stress to hair (such as having hair curled, braided, or pig-tailed), eat adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, use shampoos and conditioners rich in biotin and silica, and have adequate intake of vitamin B complex, biotin, Vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc.
Using blow-dryers or other heated hair instruments should also being restricted to prevent hair loss during pregnancy.