Pregnancy and Hair Loss
Top Reasons for Hair Loss after Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be one of the most challenging times for a woman and her family, but the birth of a baby makes the whole journey worthwhile. Nevertheless, the body of a woman goes through many changes during maternity. This interval can create a range of mental changes such as irritation or mood issues. It can also produce physical changes such as bloating and hair loss. The expert hair surgeons at SHIFT Hair Transplant and other top hair clinics have recently shared the top reasons for pregnancy and hair loss issues.
Changes in Estrogen Level
During pregnancy, hair becomes thicker, fuller and shinier. This process is a result of higher levels of estrogen in the body which keeps hair in the growth phase. After childbirth, the estrogen levels go back to normal and over half the amount of hair moves to a resting stage. This shift makes about 60% of hair drop in the months after childbirth, which leads to some thinning of hair and can make females suffer from acute hair loss. This hair loss is apparent in about 10% of all new mothers.
During pregnancy, the body has to fulfil its own nutritional needs as well as the needs of the growing baby. At this time, most pregnant women suffer from anaemia, which occurs because the blood needs a higher amount of iron for sustenance. Poor iron intake can then result in a loss of hair. An insufficient intake of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals, can also lead to loss of hair. This process leads women to consider hair transplant in Turkey.
Excessive Vitamin Intake
Pregnant women are prescribed supplements to increase the level of vitamins in their body. SHIFT Hair Transplant experts hold that the ingestion of a lot of some amount of vitamins, such as Vitamin A in retinol form, can also lead to loss of hair.
As well as estrogen, women can experience changing levels of other hormones during pregnancy. The significant hormonal changes at this time can mean that the normal cycle of hair growth is stopped or thrown into disarray. This process can lead to excessive hair loss, also known as “Telogen effluvium”. Telogen effluvium can also occur as a result of severe emotional changes during pregnancy. Generally, the problem resolves itself in 2 – 3 months even without any medical intervention or hair transplant in Turkey.
Hair loss can also result from some ailments during pregnancy, such as fungal infection or gestational diabetes. The use of some medicines, such as those treating depression, hypertension and anxiety, is another chief cause of pregnancy and hair loss.