What you may not know about Pregnancy, as beautiful a blessing and as heart-warming and exciting it is, is that it comes with a lot of changes in our bodies. These changes include light-headedness, heartburn, skin changes, breast changes, vaginal changes, belly changes as well as emotional changes.
Unfortunately, most of the time, changes in the hair fails to be mentioned. It’s true! Pregnancy also affects hair. As with other body parts affected by pregnancy, hair goes through quite a transition of its own.
During my pregnancies, I noticed that my hair became stronger, more beautiful and gained volume. This was one of the amazing pros of pregnancy. I enjoyed this throughout my pregnancies.
Unfortunately, a few months after pregnancy, the amazing hair changed for the worst. My hair became thinner and weaker. This, I found out, was due to hormonal changes that my body was enduring during pregnancy and post the delivery of the baby. The important fact to remember is that these changes are not permanent.
A process called Telogen Effluvium causes additional shedding as hormone levels go back to normal after pregnancy, which is a stressful experience for the body. The stress that the body endures pushes large numbers of follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, hair may fall out. Other types of body stress can include surgery or serious illness.
Telogen Effluvium may affect the whole scalp with shedding from all areas, but the most noticeable area of loss is the hairline. In some cases, the crown of the scalp has mild patterned hair loss that is uncovered by the shedding from Telogen Effluvium. But, because this condition is not permanent, when shedding slows down and the hair regrows, these areas fill back in. Shedding usually starts approximately 2-3 months after delivery of the baby and continues for 5-6 months, then the hair begins to improve.
Although not every woman will experience this post giving birth, there is no way of preventing this process. A good and safe hair maintenance routine that includes minimising the shampooing of the hair; minimizing the heat hair is subjected to; ensuring that the moisture of the hair and scalp is retained and increased; a good nutrition and avoiding the use of harsh chemicals found in hair relaxers as well as some shampoos and conditioners on your hair, can go a long way in assisting your hair to recover quicker so you can enjoy motherhood without stressing about your hair.
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