Everything to know about hair loss during pregnancy

There are a number of reasons as to why you may be suffering from hair loss during pregnancy. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about pregnancy hair loss, and how we here at Crown Clinic may be able to offer some advice or a solution. Alternatively, head over to our dedicated guide for for information on hair loss after pregnancy

Why does pregnancy hair loss occur?

For some, hormone imbalances or nutritional deficiencies (which can be quite common during early stage pregnancy) can result in hair shedding excessively. Telogen effluvium may also be the culprit for pregnancy hair loss, which usually occurs when your body experiences a shock, trauma or stress of some kind, which again, is something that some women experience during pregnancy. 

Is hair loss common in pregnancy?

Hair loss during pregnancy is not particularly common, as the levels of the hormone oestrogen (which slows down hair loss) are much higher, meaning you should typically expect your hair to be thicker. Hair loss post-pregnancy is much more common as your body readjusts. That being said, hair loss during pregnancy can still happen due to a number of factors.

Other causes of hair loss during pregnancy

Female hair loss during pregnancy can sometimes occur as a side effect of some medications. It’s important to remember that the hair loss that you may experience during pregnancy is usually temporary and a normal result of your body’s response to the pregnancy or to hormone fluctuations. That being said, if you’re ever worried about excessive hair loss, know that you can reach out to your GP or to one of the experts here at Crown Clinic. 

How to prevent hair loss during pregnancy

Hair loss during pregnancy, although usually temporary, can be particularly distressing, especially if it occurs suddenly. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to try and prevent pregnancy hair loss, which include avoiding the use of heat tools or harsh products on your hair, and not doing anything that may pull on your hair and encourage hair loss, for example tight ponytails or braids. 

Making sure you’re taking the correct prenatal vitamins and ensuring you’re not deficient in any nutrients like iron (which can contribute to hair loss) is also another way of preventing hair loss. Consult your doctor to decide which vitamins are best for you and talk to them if you’re worried about any current medication you’re taking, that could be exacerbating your hair loss. 

Treatments for hair loss

If your hair loss is particularly problematic, or doesn’t improve after your pregnancy, there are several treatments you can look into to treat your hair loss. The NHS recommends using lotions containing minoxidil, as many people have reported seeing improvements in their hair after using these products. If hair loss is more chronic, you may wish to explore other options available to you.

Crown Clinic hair loss treatments

At Crown Clinic, we offer FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) transplants. These are safe and effective procedures that are carried out professionally and to a high-standard. 

Crown Clinic was founded in 2007 by our surgeon Dr Shahmalak, who is highly regarded for his expertise in hair treatments and transplants. Dr Shahmalak carries out safe and professional transplants, which will leave you more than pleased with the results. You will feel in safe hands with Dr Shahmalak if you opt for a hair transplant, as many celebrities did after a consultation with our surgeon. 

If you would like to discuss your concerns and your options with a member of our team, feel free to get in touch to arrange an appointment. You can contact us online or via 03452 100 300. Our world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Shahmalak, will provide you with excellent advice and guidance on treatments that are most suitable to you.