When you first think about pregnancy, “hair loss” may not be the first thought that comes to mind.
Most women think of love, happiness, a family, how to best prepare for the new arrival, and keeping themselves healthy and fit during the pregnancy. In fact, when it comes to a woman’s hair, during pregnancy most women tend to think that their hair is thicker and more luminous than its ever been before!
So why are we talking about hair loss during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, while hair during pregnancy tends to be healthy, shiny, and stronger than ever, post-pregnancy begs a different story. If you’re not prepared with pregnancy facts, it can come as a huge surprise when you begin to lose hair after the baby is born.
So how can you properly prepare for what’s to come? Read on to learn about common pregnancy myths, hair loss during pregnancy, and what you can do to help your hair after giving birth…
There are a lot of myths and “old wives’ tales” that circulate on this topic, and sometimes it’s hard to know which tales to believe. Some pregnancy myths are so off-base and false that you have to laugh, while others seem like they should be false but are actually true. It doesn’t help that with all the cutting-edge fetal research going on today, some older, well-known facts are now being challenged.
We’re taking a look below at some of the more common pregnancy myths, and leaving the more hilarious ones aside for now, (for example, you can’t pet your cat during pregnancy, which thankfully, is false).
Do you know which pregnancy myths are true and which ones are false?
True/False: Pregnant women should stay away from seafood.
False. Actually, eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury, like salmon, can help fetal and early child development. According to one study, children whose mothers ate at least twelve ounces of seafood a week during pregnancy had higher verbal IQ, better social and communication skills, and superior motor skills.
True/False: It’s okay to have a drink while you’re pregnant.
True. The occasional glass of wine at dinner or a champagne toast at a wedding is not going to harm the baby. Only when a glass here or there turns into five or ten in one sitting can it lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. While cutting out alcohol completely is the best option, as long as you are careful and responsible, doctors say the occasional glass of wine is typically okay to have.
True/False: You shouldn’t drink coffee while pregnant.
False. We’ll preface by saying that this is a little bit of a controversial subject, but one cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine according to most doctors. Moderate caffeine intake isn’t likely to harm you or your baby, and the same can be said for soda when you need a jolt of caffeine.
True/False: When you’re pregnant you should be eating for two.
False. You should actually only be eating 300 extra calories a day if you are pregnant. That means you should technically be eating for one and a fifth. Eating for two can cause the baby to be bigger at birth and can also mean a harder time when it comes to getting rid of the extra baby weight!
True/False: Working out while you’re pregnant can be good for you and the baby.
True. Although previous studies have said that working out while pregnant is bad for women and their babies, new research shows that low-impact workouts can be a great way to control weight and prep for the new baby.
True/False: You can’t have cheese while you’re pregnant.
False. You can have cheese while you’re pregnant, you just need to be cognizant of the type of cheese you’re eating. Cheddar and swiss, for example, are pasteurized, making them safe to eat. Other cheeses, like brie, feta, and goat cheese are unpasteurized, and therefore may carry food-borne illnesses. Remember to check the label and you should be just fine!
With these common pregnancy myths debunked, it’s time to take a look at how pregnancy affects hair, and the science that explains what happens to expectant mothers’ hair…
How Pregnancy Affects Your Hair
There are certain things that happen to your body during pregnancy that not every woman loves; luckily the way hair looks and feels during pregnancy is not one of these things…
In fact, those nine months of being pregnant are some of the best hair days you will experience!
Hair normally grows in three stages: active growth, resting, and shedding. During pregnancy though, the increased estrogen hormones in your body cause this cycle to shift, and hair that would normally shed continues to stay in the growing or resting phase. Therefore, hair that would normally fall out stays in, resulting in longer and thicker hair.
Some women even experience shinier hair, or a change in texture during pregnancy.
Although these pregnancy facts about hair sound pretty incredible, unfortunately continued growth and thicker hair doesn’t last forever. Once the baby is born, hair begins to return to its normal cycle, and with it comes some unexpected hair woes…
Hair Fall Out Post-Pregnancy
While hair fall out post-pregnancy is nothing to look forward to, it’s also completely normal and should not be cause for alarm.
About three to six months after giving birth is when you can expect to see a change in your hair. As you hair returns to its normal hair cycle and estrogen levels decrease, the hair that never went through the shedding process finally begins to shed, and hair fall out can be quick and sudden.
Shedding while you’re recovering from pregnancy is normal and healthy, and doesn’t mean you’re deficient in nutrients or vitamins. Normally hair returns to its regular cycle within six months, but for some women it can take up to a year. Rest assured it will grow back!
Hair fall out can happen in a number of different ways. Sometimes hair falls out all over the head, or it can happen when you brush your hair. Other times it may happen in the shower when you’re washing your hair. Most often though, women end up losing hair around their hairline, and hair tends to look very fine or thin in the front.
Since every woman is different, the best thing you can do for yourself is know some important pregnancy facts.That way, when something happens, like hair loss post-pregnancy, you’ll be able to assess the situation with accurate information and minimize stress.
Even though some aspects of your post-pregnancy life can be overwhelming, we have some great hair tips and tricks you can use to help during this recovery process…
Products to Help with Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss
It may feel like the end of the world when you begin to lose hair post-pregnancy, but there are a couple of different options available to you that can help during this stressful time.
The first thing that you can do for your hair is start taking hair loss supplements. A hair, skin, and nails vitamin that contains biotin and keratin will help promote healthy hair growth while nourishing existing hair follicles. For new hair to grow, it needs to be supported and strengthened, and a hair loss supplement will help ensure the body is replete with the nutrients needed for that extra support.
It’s important to make sure you are taking a hair loss supplement twice a day so that your hair and body can achieve the maximum benefits possible.
Just because you have hair loss during pregnancy doesn’t mean anyone has to know. If your hair begins to fall out, it’s easy to cover any thin or thinning areas with Toppik Hair Building Fibers. These Hair Fibers are made of natural keratin fibers that look just like your own hair. They cling to existing hair with a natural static charge and blend seamlessly, concealing any areas where thinning may be happening.
Depending on the coverage needed, you can either spray Hair Fibers into your hair or sprinkle where needed to make thinning areas instantly disappear.
Have you ever experienced hair loss during or after pregnancy? Tell us in the comments section about your experience, and if anything helped you get through this trying time.
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