Did you know that during pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by 40-50%? This is to help supply enough oxygen to the fetus.
It’s rightly said that in a woman’s life, pregnancy represents a transformation. During this period a woman undergoes several hormonal changes in her body. Pregnancy also affects the skin and hair in both quality and texture.
In this article, we at TABIIB will suggest how to look after your hair while you’re pregnant, and ensure it remains healthy even while your body goes through hormonal changes.
What Happens During Pregnancy?
Some women experience hair loss like never before. This might stress you out and while being pregnant your body goes through so many hormonal changes. Especially during the first quarter, as the hormones change to help the growing infant. The levels of the oestrogen hormone often increase during pregnancy. It is thus important during pregnancy you take extra care after your tresses.
Tips To Care About Your Hair During Pregnancy?
There are several things that you can do to ensure your hair remains healthy during pregnancy. You can also minimise hair fall during this time using some of the tips below.
Oiling & Massage:
Massaging the scalp with oil increases the thickness of the hair and enhances the circulation of the blood that can cause hair growth. It will also help you relax and calm your nerves. Choose oils that have healthy ingredients like olive, coconut, and almond oil. This will help to strengthen your hair roots and avoid any kind of hair loss.
Selection Of Shampoo & Conditioner
A decent shampoo with the right ingredients can help you enhance your hair growth and control problems such as hair loss and dandruff. Select a shampoo that can improve your hair growth and add lustre. You could choose a shampoo and a conditioner that has natural ingredients such as argan oil, aloe vera, avocado oil or jojoba.
Food & Hydration
A healthy diet is the one main secret to having voluminous and healthy hair. When you’re pregnant, your meal should include lots of fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods. Your diet must also include milk, berries, meats, fish, lentils, grains and dried fruits.
Also, remember to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
After Shower Avoid Combing For A While
Be it, pregnant women or anyone, one must never comb their hair when wet. You risk breaking the hair strands when your wet hair gets stuck in the comb. Allow your hair to dry naturally or use a hair-dryer on medium heat. When dry, comb with a wide-dented comb. This will help avoid hair loss.
Avoid Colouring/ Highlighting Your Hair
During pregnancy, you shouldn’t indulge in chemical therapies or colouring or highlighting your hair. Your scalp will absorb those chemicals and pass them to your infant. Chemicals from therapies or colouring can cause allergic reactions sometimes. Thus avoid doing such activities during pregnancy.
Stress is a significant cause of hair loss during and after pregnancy. Stress only leads to hair fall. During pregnancy, you should be in a surrounding that only radiates positive vibes and energy for both you and the baby. It is advisable to take up hobbies, meditate, practise yoga or take a nap, get a relaxing massage at the salon or indulge in retail therapy to help de-stress.
In most cases, the hair is healthy, full of volume and lustrious with proper treatment and good nutrition. You can always consult an obstetrician on TABIIB to know more.