When you are pregnant you look forward to the delivery of your beautiful baby. You probably also are ready to get rid of your belly and any extra baby weight you gained over the last nine months. A lot of women find that their hair thickens some during their pregnancy. But postpartum hair loss is more common than you may think. There are a few things you can do during this time to help keep your hair as healthy and full as possible.
How Hormones Can Affect Your Hair During Pregnancy and After
When you become pregnant your hormones change drastically. One of the very first of the hormones to spike is hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin. This is the hormone measured by a pregnancy test. Its presence in your urine will give you a positive result. Other hormones that rise during pregnancy include estrogen, oxytocin, prolactin, and progesterone.
Hormones are the most common reason for hair changes during pregnancy and are also behind postpartum hair loss. Higher levels of estrogen, while you are pregnant, help prevent normal everyday hair loss. As a result, you may have enjoyed a much thicker mane during that time.
After you have the baby, most of your pregnancy hormones drop. Your hair may fall out more rapidly during this time. You may notice it coming out in much bigger clumps than normal. Postpartum hair loss can start at any time after the baby is born. It can continue for as long as a year. In most cases, postpartum hair loss peaks at the four-month mark.
What You Can Do About Postpartum Hair Loss
There isn’t normally a need to worry a lot about your hair thinning some after pregnancy. And as far as anyone knows, there isn’t a way to prevent it entirely. However, there are a few things you can try to do to help your hair remain healthy and look fuller.
- Styling with caution – When you heat your hair with a dryer or curling iron, it can start to look thinner. Try to cut back on styling your hair or blow-drying it until you notice the thinning tapers off. Brushing your hair too harshly can also cause hair to fall out in larger clumps. Try brushing your hair gently and if you can, only brush once a day.
- Watch your nutrition – Of course, your health is of the utmost importance after you give birth, especially if you are breastfeeding. Make sure to maintain healthy eating habits that include plenty of healthy proteins and lots of fruits and vegetables. Include dark leafy greens for iron and vitamin C, carrots and sweet potatoes for beta carotene, eggs for vitamin D, and fish for magnesium and omega-3s.
- Take a Vitamin – Talk to your health care provider about which vitamin might be best for you. There are not any specific vitamins that affect hair loss, but they can affect your overall health. Some physicians recommend continuing prenatal vitamins for a while.
- Oil Treatments – If you are experiencing postpartum hair loss, some oils may be able to help you maintain healthy hair and even encourage new growth. Avocado oil and almond oil both have properties that may help with new hair growth.
What about Lilyam Oils?
This is exactly where Lilyam Oils can come into play. Lilyam Gold C+A contains both of these important oils. Lilyam Gold is especially beneficial for helping with postpartum hair loss. Our oil treatments provide many benefits for your hair and contain ingredients that can encourage hair growth. Need help deciding which one to start with? Contact us with your questions, we are here to help!