Hair Changes During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy, changes in hair include a fuller head of hair with a lush texture, but hair loss is very common directly after pregnancy. Learn how the hormonal changes during pregnancy affect the hair follicles with helpful information from a certified nurse-midwife in this free video on pregnancy.

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Video Transcript

So you're wondering what happens to your hair pregnancy. This is Mavis Schorn, professor and nurse midwife at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and your hair does change a little bit during pregnancy. Just the estrogen which is one of the hormones that is boosted a little bit during pregnancy causes the growth phase of your hair to be a little longer. So what that means is you tend to have a little more full and lush hair during pregnancy. Well unfortunately happens after pregnancy as that estrogen drops is you do tend to have a loss of hair so some women will talk about the hair loss that they get after pregnancy. During pregnancy though, it does tend to get a little fuller. Now on an associated topic, some women ask about getting their hair colored during pregnancy. And that's something that if it doesn't have to happen, it's probably better not to. But if it really is going to make you feel a lot better, then one is I wait until after you're out of the first trimester, consider supermarket type products because they're not quite as strong or talk to your hairdresser because they also know differences between different types of dyes and what would be a little bit safer for you in pregnancy versus not in pregnancy. So I hope you enjoy a nice full lush head of hair during your pregnancy.


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