Caring For Your Hair During & After Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a beautiful aspect of life and with it comes a cycle of many ups and downs. Your hair especially goes through a lot of changes. Many pregnant women experience their hair being fuller, longer and bouncier during their pregnancy. Sometimes the texture of your hair may even change. But after the delivery of the new loved one, their hair may seem like it has taken a turn for the worst. The loss of the placenta creates a huge decrease in the levels of estrogen in a pregnant women’s body. Hence, the dramatic changes – like hair loss –  that occur post labor. Here are some tips that can help you better manage your hair before and after labor.

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1. Massage

There is nothing like a great massage on your body, but on your scalp it can also be advantageous for you in many ways. Not only will it give you a reason to relax, it will help circulate the blood to your follicles. Try oiling your hair 3-4 times a week with olive, coconut, almond or jojoba oils. This helps to nourish your hair and scalp, giving it strength.

2. Shampoo/Conditioner

It is important to keep your hair clean and moisturized. Washing 1-2 times a week will ensure that your hair is getting the attention it needs. Keeping your hair clean towards the end of the pregnancy may become difficult and you may need to ask your partner or family for assistance.

3. No Color

It isn’t recommended to use chemicals on your hair while pregnant. Although there is limited scientific evidence that the chemicals can harm the unborn baby, it is better to be safe than sorry. Not to mention, your hair is in a fragile enough state as it, it’s better to stick to the au naturale.

4. Combing

Be careful when using a comb. If you have natural hair try combing hair when it’s wet or moist, and try and commit to air drying hair. This will cut back on any additional tension and hair loss you may potentially cause.

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5. Diet 

Keeping a balanced diet is extremely important. If your insides are nourished properly your hair will be strong. Be sure to include milk, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, lentils, grains, dried fruits and other such healthy options in your daily diet.

6. Stress Free 

Do things that make you worry free. The less stressed you are, the happier you and your baby will be as it is growing inside of you. You will also feel more relaxed and less triggers will be sent to your brain that can create hair loss. Try things like warm baths, walks and yoga!


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