pregnancy hair: how to up your game the whole way throughYour hair is a sensitive barometer of your general well-being so it’s no surprise that it’s affected by such a huge change as pregnancy. It’s not just the increased amounts of female hormones either that affect pregnancy hair; your body is suddenly more likely to develop a whole range of problems from anaemia to diabetes, all of which have an impact on those follicles.

The problems aren’t during the pregnancy either; there’s the post-partum readjustment to look forward to when everything is flux again until, hopefully normal service is resumed. So, what can you do to make sure your hair stays at its best through the whole experience?

Top up with the vitamins

To avoid the myriad medical problems that can affect you during the pregnancy it makes sense to look after your general health. Smoking and drinking are definitely banned and you should eat healthy foods, containing plenty of protein and then top up the vitamins. Iron, Zinc, Vit B12 and Vit D are all essential and if you’re planning a pregnancy then make sure you’re taking them well in advance of conceiving.

There’s no real need to make specific changes to your pregnancy hair routine. Dyes are OK although try to avoid getting it on your scalp if possible. You only really need to take extra care with your hair if you start to shed it due to a pregnancy related medical issue.

Your pregnancy hair should look great naturally

The good news though is that you may actually just have fantastic hair all the way through without doing anything. For many women the boost in female hormones goes hand in hand with beautiful hair this because the boost in oestrogen and progesterone, prolong the growing phase.

The downside of course, is that after childbirth the rebalancing of the hormones can actually seriously thin the hair and in some cases create bald patches. Fortunately, this is usually temporary so there’s usually no need for treatment. If it’s a real problem then you could try finasteride or minoxidil but if you can cover it up or get a shorter hair style for a couple of months then everything should get back to normal.

If you look after yourself and follow your GP’s guidance then there’s no reason to expect hair loss during pregnancy. If you do spot any then make sure you mention it to the doctor or at the ante natal clinic as it may be the first sign of another underlying problem.