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How to Prevent Hair Loss When You are Pregnant

Updated on July 2, 2013

Hair fall during pregnancy is known to affect as many as 50%-70% of women so perhaps you are not alone if you are pregnant and suffering from hair loss. The medical term for post pregnancy hair loss is ‘telogen effluvium’.

Hair loss is said to occur after delivery of the baby primarily after 2-3 months. However, hair loss during pregnancy is completely normal and is said to occur due to fluctuating hormones in the body. Apart from this, during pregnancy the hair is said to go in the resting phase and after pregnancy they return back to normalcy and thereby hair fall. This hair fall phase might last for around 6 months or so and then it automatically stops. Read: Foods to make your hair grow faster.

How to Prevent Hair Loss In Pregnancy

It is advisable not to take any prescribed medicines to prevent hair loss during pregnancy since it might harm your unborn baby. However there are various other steps which you might take to treat hair loss when you are pregnant.

  1. Maintain a healthy diet during and after your pregnancy is over. By all means what you eat has a direct effect on not just internal body but on your skin and hair too. Include green leafy vegetables and fruits as much as you can. Read: Vegan Diet During Pregnancy
  2. Include more of vitamin E and C in diet.
  3. Try using organic shampoos and conditioners rather than chemical ones.
  4. Avoid combing your wet hair which is more fragile and delicate and hence tends to fall rapidly.
  5. Avoid using hair rollers and hair sprays which might pull your hair down.
  6. Reduce the level of stress and anxiety which is something every woman is exposed to during pregnancy. Stress has a direct effect on your health and of course on your hair too.
  7. Pregnancy is also known to change the texture of your hair, so it is best to keep your hair moisturized and for this avoid using excessive shampoo on hair and preventing blow drying.
  8. Choose your shampoo wisely. Go for shampoo which adds volume to your hair. These shampoos are known to be protein rich shampoo. Read: 15 Effective Natural Remedies to Prevent Hair Fall

Aloe vera and Fenugreek both prevent hair loss during pregnancy Source:
Aloe vera and Fenugreek both prevent hair loss during pregnancy Source:

5 Natural Remedies for Preventing Hair Loss during Pregnancy

Apart from various ways mentioned above for preventing hair loss when you are pregnant there are some effective natural home remedies too which can help you get rid of this excessive hair loss. You may follow any of these to get back your thicker hair naturally after pregnancy.

  1. Soak fenugreek seeds in water whole night and in the morning just make them into a fine paste. Apply this paste on your hair and gently massage a bit so that it covers your entire hair. Fenugreek is said to be quite effective for hair as it not just leads to hair growth but also brings shine to it. You may wash after 3-4 hours.
  2. Take a bowl and make a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, egg yolk. Also add lemon juice to it. This mixture should then be applied on your hair. It helps in strengthening the hair roots naturally.
  3. You can also mix castor oil and olive oil together and gently massage your hair with this. It helps in making your hair stronger.
  4. Aloe vera gel is said to be one of the best when it comes to hair loss. Just apply aloe vera gel on your hair and leave for one hour. Then wash off with water. It brings shine and volume to hair apart from leading to hair growth.
  5. Mix sage tea and a bit of vinegar and apply on your scalp. Make sure you use your fingertips so that the liquid reaches all through your hair. After 15 minutes rinse your hair.


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      lily 4 years ago

      Wow great tips thanks for sharing with i tried bio hair treatment and now i don't have hair loss problem

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, thats interesting that you mention the shampoo and changing it, because I remember a friend having this problem, and when she went with natural ingredients it really did help, great tips, voted up! nell

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful tips and suggestions, Shadaan.

      Voted up.