Pregnancy, Hormones and your Hair
April 30, 2018
When you’re pregnant, do your locks go from needing lots of help to lustrous, thick and fast-growing? There’s a reason for that? Hormones!
During pregnancy, your body produces extra progesterone, which allows you to maintain the pregnancy. The extra progesterone is also the magic hormone that keeps your hair looking thicker and fuller.
This is because the growth phase of the hair is prolonged during pregnancy, which means you shed less and keep more.
Once you give birth, you start to shed all those lovely extra hairs that kept your hair looking thick and bountiful.
Don’t despair! Your hair is just normalising back to its regular growth / shedding cycle, as your hormones start to get back to normal. We have some tips to help you along your post-partum journey:
WATER & HIGH QUALITY PROTEINS ARE YOUR BESTIES
- Drink lots of water and eat a diet full of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, high quality protein such as lentils, pulses and free-range organic meat and good fats from nuts, seeds, oily fish and avocados.
- This will help your hair go back to its normal growth / shedding cycle and start to bring your hormones back into balance.
LOW MANIPULATION STYLES ARE YOUR BAES
- Low manipulation styles like french braids and cornrows are helpful during this stage.
- They provide low maintenance option for new mums who just don’t have the time yet to spend ages on a daily hair routine!
When should you be worried about excessive shedding after you’ve given birth? If clumps of hair start coming out in the shower or when you brush your hair, you start to visibly thin or develop bald patches, it’s worth speaking to your GP. Excessive hair loss can be a sign of nutrient deficiencies or thyroid hormone imbalance, which is definitely worth getting checked out!