Does pregnancy cause hair loss?
What is the link between pregnancy and hair loss?
Pregnancy is a common cause of hair loss due to the impact it has on a woman’s hormone levels. This in turn affects the hair growth cycle. Often, the normal shedding that occurs slows down, meaning your locks are particularly luxurious while pregnant, but this is then followed by an increased rate of shedding after childbirth.
Another factor can be the ‘shock’ to the body that occurs in childbirth. This can interrupt the hair growth cycle causing more hair than normal to move prematurely into the resting phase, which is why women often see increased hair shedding a few months after baby comes.
There are a number of steps you can take to hold onto your locks after pregnancy, including avoiding hairstyling practices such as heat treatments or over-styling and ensuring your diet contains all the key nutrients for hair health, such as protein, iron, zinc and vitamins B, C and E.