IMPACT OF FLUCTUATING HORMONES ON HAIR
Hair problems are most pronounced in the postpartum phase or to be precise, three months after the delivery. Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder and Medical Director at ISAAC, explains, “The hormonal surge during pregnancy generally prolongs the resting phase of hair follicles making the head full of long tresses. In the three months, post-delivery, is when estrogen level gets low and this is when the hair fall or Telogen Effluvium starts.” The good news is that this hair loss is temporary and can be totally reversed with a good diet and prescribed supplements. Though not very common, sometimes women may suffer hair loss even during pregnancy due to vitamin and mineral deficiency. Discuss with your gynaecologist which vitamins and mineral supplements are safe to consume. Sudden greying of hair during pregnancy is attributed to iron, iodine and protein deficiencies. “Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune medical condition which leads to bald patches in the scalp may sometimes be triggered during the late stages of pregnancy,” adds Dr. Gupta. If you are suffering from thyroid or PCOS take additional care to ensure that the levels of hormones are completely under control during and post-delivery. A sudden imbalance can precipitate severe hair fall.