Having a little bundle on the way is a very exciting time for most women. There are so many changes that you go through, emotionally, mentally and physically. From the raging hormones to the swollen ankles, comes some changes with your hair as well. These changes are unique for every woman and every pregnancy, as you might know or might have seen, every single pregnancy is different.
For most women however, their hair grows faster and thicker during their pregnancy. With the growth stage of the hair changes happening during the pregnancy from increased blood circulation and a metabolism, some women experience thicker, curlier, bouncier hair, especially when paired with a good diet throughout their pregnancy.
After the birth though, is when hair problems start for most women. Hair thinning and even hair fall can be experienced during breast feeding. So it’s important to take precautionary steps whilst pregnant in order to potentially avoid this.
Some things to do during pregnancy to take extra care of your hair include:
Avoid over washing your hair
Natural oils from your scalp and hair are most essential to your hair care, so there’s no need to wash your hair as regularly during pregnancy. Leave enough space between washes for your hair to enjoy the full benefits of the natural oils.
2.Massage head while moisturising
Its good to use essential oils like coconut, olive and jojoba oil about three times a week on your scalp and hair, and massaging your scalp while doing this will be beneficial for your hair as well as help to relax you. Head massages are good for circulation and therefore help strengthen the roots and stimulate hair growth. Heat the oil to a warm temperature and massage into scalp for about 3-5 mins.
3. Avoid harsh chemicals
Stick to all natural products during pregnancy and it is also advisable to not colour your hair during pregnancy, or use vegetable dyes as an alternative. Look for labels that have the words, “organic”, “herbal” and “paraben-free” as they are natural and not harmful for you and your baby.
4. Comb your hair less
Avoid combing your hair while it is wet. Allow your hair to dry naturally or otherwise use a hairdryer on low to medium heat. Also use a wide-toothed comb when your hair is dry to avoid hair fall.
5. Trim hair regularly
Because your hair goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy, the texture and thickness can vary, meaning that your hair will need to be trimmed on a regular basis in order to maintain healthy ends. Split ends are bound to happen when the hair is not trimmed, so don’t be afraid to lose a few inches of your hair because it will thank you in the long run.
A good, well-balanced diet also goes without saying, as this will not only benefit your baby, but your body too, and in turn your keep your hormones in check. With everything, try your best to relax and enjoy your bundle of joy.