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Pregnancy's Link to Female Hair Loss

May 22, 2008
It is nothing new that women who are pregnant go through many hormonal changes that affect their body. One such change is the condition of their hair. Women will find their hair grows luxurious and thick while others find their hair becomes dull, limp or even begins to thin out. Women who find their hair is growing and is healthier can thank the increase of estrogen. Also a better diet and prenatal vitamins can attribute to the luscious locks.

While these changes can leave a woman feeling anxious and unappealing, it is important to remember that the changes are only temporary. In fact, most women find their hair returning to normal beginning six to twelve weeks postpartum. There is no medical treatment for the hair thinning and hair loss so as long as you are properly eating and taking vitamins, it is just a natural part of being pregnant.

Hormonal imbalance is actually the biggest cause of hair loss in pregnant women. And most won't begin experiencing hair loss until after the birth of their child. The rise in a woman's hormones are what causes the hair to get thicker and stronger. This change also enacts a resting period and upon returning to a normal state a woman will begin to experience hair loss.

The normal hair loss we all experience daily is slowed during pregnancy and the increase of hair loss post pregnancy is just making up for the hair not lost prior. Hair loss can also be triggered by other reproductive health issues like the discontinuation of birth control pills, miscarriage or stillbirth, abortion and other hormonal imbalances.

For keeping your hair healthy during and after pregnancy is to stay in constant contact with your doctor to keep hormones properly balanced. Certain hairstyles that damage the follicles should also be avoided. These include cornrows, hair weaves, braids, pigtails, pony tails, and the use of tight rollers. The damage that can be done could possibly result in hair loss. Keeping to a diet consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables will protect the hair follicle and also help encourage hair growth. Shampoos and conditioners that are well balanced in nutrients can also provide for a healthy head of hair.

There are hair loss treatments available for women. It is important for any woman to use the treatment that is designed specifically for women. However, before trying theses products, we strongly recommend discussing this with your doctor. Go over all of the ingredients in the products with your doctor, especially if you are expecting. Doctors' best know what products or ingredients you need to stay away from during your pregnancy, keeping you and your baby safe and healthy.
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Pregnancy is one of many factors that triggers female hair loss . Yet, hair loss due to pregnancy is for the most part temporary.
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