Hormones mess with many of our mechanisms, and they can also affect hair health. During pregnancy, after childbirth and during breastfeeding, the hair is affected by hormonal changes and other disturbances. Here are our tips for caring for your hair during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Causes of hormone drops
Under the hormonal impregnation of pregnancy, the hair is often more vigorous, more beautiful. Hair is boosted and grows faster than ever. However, this is not a universal truth, and some women experience severe hair loss during pregnancy. In any case, you must not neglect the care! Indeed, it is often after the birth that the trouble starts.
With childbirth comes a sudden drop in pregnancy hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. In addition to the mood swings this can cause, it’s common for the hair to suffer as well.
Why does hair fall out after childbirth?
If we want to use technical terms, we can say that the hair cycle is totally disrupted by the hormonal disturbance of pregnancy. Estrogen disrupts the cycle and stimulates the production of sebum and keratin. The proportion of hair in the anagen phase is higher than ever during pregnancy. After childbirth, the estrogen level drops suddenly and leads to a significant increase in the proportion of hair in the telogen phase, which results in significant hair loss.
It may take several weeks or months for hormones to return to normal levels. The hair cycle can therefore take just as long to return to normal. Generally, this return to normalcy occurs six months after delivery, but for some it can take up to a year.
Iron deficiency is another possibility
iron again! Iron deficiency could be the cause of sudden hair loss in women after giving birth. Iron is very important during pregnancy, so it is monitored closely. During childbirth, it is not uncommon to lose blood and experience heavy periods. Some women may therefore have an iron deficiency or deficiency.
Taking care of your hair during pregnancy
Take advantage of your pregnancy to take care of your beautiful hair, because it will probably never look this good again! Mothers-to-be often feel that they are wearing their best hair during pregnancy, and they are not wrong. Straight hair can even be waved!
Natural care is more important than ever
Even though our hair looks better during pregnancy, it is important to continue the usual care and pampering. They will need it in the near future. We choose to do one natural shampoo per week (don’t hesitate to take advantage of maternity leave to
space out your shampoos
), and one treatment per week to keep your hair strong and shiny. Of course, you must select your products according to the nature of your hair. For dry hair
For dry hair, we opt for shea butter-based treatments. For oily hair, you will need gentle, soothing masks to calm the sebaceous glands. Gentle care products are best suited to normal hair. Finally, if you wish, you can even treat yourself to a little haircut at the hairdresser’s, but be careful with the colouring!
What about coloring?
During pregnancy, certain precautions should be taken. Chemical dyes, for example, are to be avoided, as they are the subject of intense debate in the scientific community (no pun intended). There may be links between chemical hair dyes and certain chronic diseases in adults. Also, during the first weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s organs are formed, and it is best not to let products with dubious compositions disrupt this incredible phenomenon. In fact, some studies show that there is a risk of tumours or malformations for the foetus if the mother uses traditional hair dyes… Choose a natural hair colour (long live henna!) or wait until the birth of the child to have a well-deserved haircut!
Taking care of your hair after giving birth
It is difficult to fight against the hormonal loss that occurs at the end of pregnancy and induces for many women, unfortunately, a significant loss of hair. About one out of every two women would be affected by this problem, which we understand only too well.
Continue the care, multiply it if necessary
Don’t hesitate to combine the daily or weekly care you give your hair with adapted food supplements (see the end of the article!). These will help provide your hair with the nutrients it needs. And you’ll give your locks a big boost! While you can’t prevent hormonal hair loss, you can stop it. To do this, you need to strengthen your hair in depth, with regular and correctly targeted care. Start as early as the eighth month of pregnancy to anticipate the upcoming hormonal upheaval. Choose natural skin care products rich in repairing components and antioxidants. They will nourish and restructure the hair fiber throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Massage your scalp to care for your hair after pregnancy and while breastfeeding
Remember to massage your scalp regularly and as often as possible. This stimulates the blood circulation and therefore the blood flow to the hair. They will be able to capture a maximum of nutrients essential to their good health. Use your fingertips and make circular movements while applying light pressure to the skin. A few extra drops of vegetable oil will not be too much for this pleasant moment of intense nutrition. This is a great tip for taking care of your hair after pregnancy, including while breastfeeding!
Improve or reduce other influencing factors
There are other factors that affect the appearance of the hair and body during and after pregnancy. Stress, sports activity, diet, lifestyle, environment, genetics… It is possible to influence some of these factors, such as stress or diet. The objective here is to favour a healthy lifestyle, based on a balanced diet, adapted sports activity (particularly during pregnancy or post-partum) and greater serenity in daily life. During and after pregnancy, it is not uncommon to feel tired. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for help with housework, shopping, taking care of the baby for a few hours… In principle, they won’t bite you. Rest, and take care of yourself and your hair!
Rest assured, even if you lose a lot (a lot, a lot) of hair after your pregnancy, everything will normalize in the months following the birth. The hair grows back normally: this is a completely reversible phenomenon. If the hair continues to fall out excessively six months after the end of the pregnancy, you can consult a dermatologist. But in many cases, everything will return to normal and your care will be beneficial in the long run.
If a mother is breastfeeding, she continues to produce certain hormones, such as
which is responsible for lactation. Its secretion begins in the second month of pregnancy and continues beyond that, as long as breastfeeding lasts.
Breastfeeding can therefore have an influence on hair and its health, the fall of hormones being quite different. In the case of breastfeeding, prolactin production continues. High levels of prolactin can cause severe hair loss in some cases, while in others it slows down the passage of hair into the telogen phase, thus slowing down hair loss and limiting it. It is completely impossible to predict the influence of breastfeeding on each woman’s hair. What we can say is that breastfeeding prolongs the period during which the hair is not as usual… And that care is, again, essential in all cases. More than just beautifying your hair, they will allow you to recharge your batteries and take care of yourself for a while.
Madam President, with you to take care of your hair during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Whether during or after pregnancy, Madame la Présidente will help you take care of your hair in all circumstances. To accompany pregnant women and young mothers, we have developed the
which contribute to the beauty and health of the hair.
These dietary supplements for pregnant and nursing women are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, iron, vitamin C, biotin and others. Mama regulates hormonal activity, provides you with everything you need to be healthy (and for the proper development of your baby) and limits hormone-related hair loss. They are also very effective in reducing fatigue. In short, the best of the best for taking care of your hair during pregnancy and breastfeeding!
You can also use our anti-hair loss serum
Resolution No. 3
to further limit hormone-related hair loss and help anchor hair bulbs in the scalp. It will be a perfect complement for post-pregnancy and breastfeeding hair care. Yes, we have everything you need!
How has pregnancy or breastfeeding affected your hair?