It’s a great thing that a woman is producing life. Pregnancy is undoubtedly one of the happiest (even though painful and uncomfortable) some women’s life.
While you get ready to welcome the little one growing fast in you, your body will often go through lots of adjustment to make sure the tiny one is comfortable. Most of the changes you experience during this period are as a result of the hormonal changes that occur within. These extra hormones in the body may create a change in everything, including your regular hair cycles
You may notice that your hair is thicker and has a little more bounce to it than before. On the flip side, it could also get frizzy, curly and dry. For some, they may experience significant hair fall episodes.
This could be disturbing, you’re happy you’re pregnant but you definitely do not want to go bald.
In most cases, when you eat a proper diet and care properly for your hair, its natural condition may be restored within six months of delivery. It’s therefore important that you concentrate largely on your health during the period that you’ll be pregnant as it often has significant effects on your skin, hair and overall well-being.
It’s great to comb your hair but be sure to not do this when your hair is wet. Let your air dry as it’s safer than using the heat method.
Once the hair is dry, use a wide toothed comb so that your hair does not break off or fall off.
2. Regular Hair Trims:
Everything about the hair changes when you’re pregnant. This includes your hair thickness, texture and fullness.
It’s therefore advisable that you trim your hair ends regularly so that you avoid split ends or rough ends.
You could also decide to switch things up and even get a new style!
3. Understanding Your Hair Type:
Changes in hormones can mess with your hair type. It would be ideal, therefore, if you get to understand your hair type and monitor the changes that occur during your pregnancy.
That way, you can get products tailored to suit the needs of that hair type. As a consequence, your hair will get nourished and will therefore be less prone to hair fall and hair damage.
You could even get a wonderful hair cut that will help style your transforming hair type or just lift your mood!
4. Balanced Diet:
Apart from how healthy a good diet will make you, it will also help nurture your baby. Your body will also need all the strength it can get to enable it go through the changes that occur in your body.
It is, therefore, important that you give your body the strength and nourishment it needs for your health, skin and hair.
Some examples of healthy foods include leafy greens, milk, fruits, meat, dry fruits, fish, grains, lentils and a whole lot of other ingredients.
You could also check with your doctor to find out if there are food items you should stay away from during pregnancy. That way, you’re protected from ingesting substances that may be harmful to your and the little one inside of you.
We say this because one huge cause of hair fall during pregnancy is stress. With the hormones haywire and moodswings over the top, this could affect your hair negatively.
We suggest you carry out activities that will foster relaxation. You could read a good book, listen to some soothing music, meditate, light up some aromatic candles, take a nice, long and warm bath, you could practice yoga, sleep in (should be fun!), visit a spa to get a relaxing massage, go to a salon for a head massage or maybe indulge in some retail therapy.
Wait For the Colouring Session:
We suggest that you keep a hair dye away from your hair during the period of your pregnancy. We’re not saying that your baby can be harmed if you colour your hair while you’re pregnant. However, we still advise that you don’t.
Why then? You may ask. Well, hair colours could sometimes lots of harmful ingredients that can cause allergies. The ingredients may also in some cases lead to infections. The last thing you want during your pregnancy is all of these avoidable complications.
Shampoo and Conditioning:
During pregnancy, be sure to use a shampoo at least once or twice a week.
We suggest that you use a herbal shampoo or at least a shampoo that is mild enough, considering the texture change your hair goes through when you’re pregnant.
We also advice that you use a conditioner for everytime that you wash your hair with a shampoo. This is for the sake of your ends, so that they do not end up splitting or drying up.
As you progress in your pregnancy, it may become more difficult to wash your hair. You could ask your partner to help you do this when it becomes difficult for you to do this.
A great way to take care of your hair during pregnancy and to relax at the same time is by indulging in a good hair massage.
Oil your hair at least three to four times a week. Using natural hair oils is a great way to add some nourishment to your hair. You can go for oils that have healthy ingredients like olive, coconut, almond, jojoba, castor and a lot of other oils. Heat up the oil slightly, making sure it is not too hot, but just warm. Then you can massage this through the scalp and hair.
This will help strengthen the roots and prevent hair fall. You can wrap a warm towel around the head to add some extra benefits.
These simple steps can play a big role in easing your pregnancy months and helping you cope better with the changes you are going through. This is a special time, so enjoy it to the fullest and before the baby does arrive, this is a heart congratulations to you!