You’ve just given birth to a wonderful baby. Finally, after nine months of nausea, back pains, insomnia and crazy food cravings, you can look forward to a period of normalcy. Everything can go back to the way it was before.
Except… the pre-birth problems have now been replaced with post pregnancy ones. Hello stretch marks, watch out for the attack of the bloat monster, pain… the list goes on. They’re to be expected anyway, right? But wait, here’s another one for you: hair loss!
Now, hair for women isn’t just about having something on your head. For a woman, her hair is literally her crowning glory. A bad hair day can instantly make a woman feel less confident and less attractive. Imagine the psychological effect of losing her hair…
If you, like most new mothers, are struggling to understand why your wonderful locks of hair would suddenly want to go limp and drop off at an alarming rate, here’s a simple (and strangely, logical) explanation for you.
Your hair, the part you can see coming out of your scalp, is mainly composed of proteins called keratin. These used to be living cells that gradually get pushed upwards as newer cells replace them – you see this as your hair growing. Living cells at the bulb of each hair, just below your scalp, feed on nutrients from you as they are directly connected to your blood stream.
Now this is important to know: your hair plays no important role at all in helping your body to function. This means, that biologically speaking, your body does not consider hair to be important.
Therefore, in periods when your body is low in nutrients and vitamins, such as during pregnancy when your body is fueling your baby, your body will automatically divert important resources away from your hair, causing it to get less healthy and resulting in some hair loss.
The good news is that this means that post pregnancy hair loss is only temporary!
And because it is a result of temporary loss of nutrition, you can prevent hair loss or help your hair recover faster when you take health supplements or use vitamins for hair growth. Luckily, these are easily available over the counter or at hair treatment specialists.
A vitamin a day keeps the hair growing away!