Preventing Prenatal Hair Loss
A woman’s hair is her crowning glory, her pride, her sense of feminine beauty. Women in general cherish a healthy head of hair which they can carry off in various styles and in regards to this, there is nothing more distressing than watching one’s lovely locks fall out in abundance. Most topical solutions that claim to remedy this might not be safe for a pregnant woman to use, so are there any safer ways to remedy this situation? Read on…
Women experience quite a number of physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, and for a few months afterwards too. Weight gain, nausea, mood swings and morning sickness are just some of the changes pregnant women may face. Hair loss too, is unfortunately, a common prenatal issue. While hair growth is actually known to increase during pregnancy, what we might not realise is, hair loss also increases in many women. It could be due to a number of factors including stress and improper hair care due to tiredness or mood swings. Another common factor tied to hair loss is the lack of certain nutrients in the body.
Here’s an idea of what you can add into your diet to maintain a health head of hair during pregnancy:
A diet rich in folic acid is a must for every pregnant woman for it keeps her healthy and also helps in a baby’s growth and development. Folic acid is also known to promote hair growth and a deficiency of this nutrient might lead to a host of health problems, including the outbreak of unmanageable hair loss.
It is always better to obtain folic acid from natural sources, as they are safe and free from side effects. Lentils, spinach, collard, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, asparagus, kidney beans, legumes, fortified bread, pastas, multi-grain cereals and citrus fruits are all rich in this essential nutrient. Folic acid supplements will help too, but only take those that are recommended by your doctor.
One of the least known causes of hair loss is low iron, even if it’s not low enough to cause you to be anemic! Example of links between moderately low iron and hair loss in women can be observed in women after childbirth and in women during the peri-menopausal years when heavy periods may occur. Lack of iron in a woman’s body affects the ability of her hair to grow well. The hair may also change its structure and become dry and brittle with a tendency to break easily. Hair loss caused by lack of iron can be gradual, a general thinning out over the years, or it can be sudden and startling. Liver, chickpeas, oysters, red meat, poultry, dried fruits, green leafy vegetables and fortified breads and cereals are all rich in iron.
Calcium is an essential mineral that aids in the secretion of hormones and enzymes. Hormones such as androgens, stimulate hair growth; enzymes such as biotin promote cell growth and strengthens healthy growing hair. Both gradual and rapid hair loss can be prevented by having a well balanced diet rich in nutrients including calcium. Foods with high calcium content include milk, cheese, soy beans, fortified orange juice, green leafy vegetables, tofu and sardines.
Don’t neglect your prenatal vitamins!
Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated for the health needs of expecting and nursing mothers. It is a rich supplement of nutrients like folic acid, calcium and iron, to help close up any nutrition gaps in the pregnant woman’s diet. The nutrients in prenatal vitamins generally consists of vitamins and minerals which helps to maintain the overall health of pregnant women and when taken regularly or as indicated on the label, will help curb prenatal hair loss.
Less stress, healthier tresses!
Stress is one of the most important factors that contribute to hair loss. It is believed that stress can disrupt the normal hair cycle and trigger hairs to enter the telogen, causing it to fall out easily. To manage stress, you can use meditation, breathing exercises, or other relaxation techniques. Plus, be sure to get your beauty sleep as hair-growth hormones are readily released during relaxed sleep.
Go bananas for thicker hair!
Bananas contain potassium and vitamins A, E and C which helps your hair to grow faster! All you need to do is to mash a ripe banana to make a paste.
Massage this onto your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave it on for half an hour before washing off with shampoo.
Onion Juice Hair Tonic
Rich in sulphur, onions help to boost hair growth. All you have to do to reap its benefits are to chop 3 red onions or 6 shallots, blend or pound it to get the juice out. Apply the juice onto your scalp and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Shampoo off.