Both men and women typically lose around 50 to 100 hairs a day- this is part of the natural ‘hair follicle cycle’. Initially, the hair enters the anagen stage which leads to hair growth but then transitions into the exogen phase where hair actively sheds to allow for new growth. When paired with pregnancy: hair loss can be accelerated due to significant changes in hormone levels. Furthermore, during gestation, endogenous substances are present inside the body which can result in changes to the hair follicle cycle.
During the first trimester the progesterone levels remain very high which leads to the hair being weaker and losing its shine. A hormonal imbalance and pregnancy are intricately linked. In addition to this, pregnancy will likely raise stress levels which may result in a condition known as ‘telogen effluvium’. This involves the extension of the exogen phase to the hair follicle cycle. It weakens women’s hair and will lead to thinning and hair loss rising by 30%. The acceleration in hair loss can see up to 300 hairs lost per day- compared to the usual 50-100 per day.
As gestation continues and oestrogen level increase: women tend to experience an improvement in their hair. However, this may be reversed due to high levels of stress or vitamin and mineral deficiency as a result of the hormonal unbalance.
In order to maintain healthy hair during the entire pregnancy it is essential to maintain a healthy diet with foods rich in biotin, methionine, cysteine, vitamin E, iron and zinc. These can be found in foods such as egg, seeds or lentils. Likewise, it is important to utilise shampoos and conditioners which are free of silicone, parabens, sulfates and hormones. Hair straighteners, or similar tools, may weaken the hair structure and result in brittle hair. It is also vital to note: ponytails, tight braids or anything that pulls or stresses the hair should be avoided at all cost.
Hair loss during pregnancy may not require special treatment. However, doctors may prescribe 'minoxidil' if hair growth does not return to previous levels- but this drug is proven to not be as safe, as previously thought, for use during a pregnancy. In addition to this, 'finasteride' is frequently considered an alternative but is known to lead to complications with the development of male babies and so is not considered appropriately safe either. The solutions we can recommend are to be gentle with your hair, choose voluminous hair products, reduce the pressure applied to your hair and consider using Natucain. Our unique patented formula delivers a natural product with no known side effects that delivers proven results. We always recommend consultation with appropriate medical professionals first.