WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING TO MY HAIR AND NAILS?

Your Pregnancy - - Pregnancy Files -

When you’re preg­nant, your fin­ger­nails and toe­nails are likely to be­come stronger than they’ve been be­fore and you may find that they grow very fast! This is caused by preg­nancy hor­mones and in­creased cir­cu­la­tion. Some women, how­ever, find the op­po­site: their fin­ger­nails may split and break more eas­ily.

NAIL AND HAIR­CARE TIPS

• Keep fin­ger­nails short and wear rub­ber gloves when wash­ing up and for any other house­hold work! Ap­ply hand lo­tion reg­u­larly and nail strength­ener weekly. • While you’re preg­nant your hair may be in peak con­di­tion, thanks per­haps to the preg­nancy hor­mones. But not all women ex­pe­ri­ence this “crown­ing glory” sen­sa­tion. • If your hair be­comes frag­ile, avoid perms, re­lax­ers, harsh chem­i­cals and colour­ings for a while. Use sul­phate-free prod­ucts, and gen­tle combs and brushes. Avoid tight hair­styles that can pull at the scalp and break your hair. Speak to your hair­dresser for ad­vice. Con­cen­trate on a good cut and use gen­tle sham­poos and rich con­di­tion­ers or oils to keep it in the best con­di­tion pos­si­ble. • Con­trary to myth, preg­nancy doesn’t af­fect the re­sults you get from hav­ing a perm. But be­cause hair­care prod­ucts are among the many prod­ucts that have not been tested suf­fi­ciently to de­ter­mine whether they’re safe dur­ing preg­nancy, you may want to hold off on a perm or dye job, at least un­til af­ter the first trimester. • Many women find that their face shape changes dur­ing preg­nancy. Be­cause of this you may want to have your hair cut into a new style, es­pe­cially if fluid re­ten­tion causes your face to seem rounder. • Your hair is also af­fected by your diet. Many hair­care pro­fes­sion­als com­ment that they see a dra­matic im­prove­ment in hair dur­ing preg­nancy, due to the fact that the mother is tak­ing pre­na­tal vi­ta­mins. • A real treat is find­ing a ther­a­pist who of­fers In­dian head mas­sage. Not only is this good for your head and hair, it’s re­lax­ing. A lot of ten­sion is car­ried in the scalp. • While preg­nancy of­ten makes your hair thick and lus­trous, the post­par­tum pe­riod can be a shock to many moms who find chunks of hair fall­ing out when they brush and wash their hair. Don’t stress. This con­di­tion has a name! It’s called tel­o­gen ef­flu­vium or post­par­tum hair loss, and about 50 per­cent of women will ex­pe­ri­ence this af­ter birth. It hap­pens be­cause the high lev­els of preg­nancy hor­mones that stopped you from los­ing your hair now drop to prepreg­nancy lev­els and the hair that should have fallen out (nat­u­rally) now falls out all in one go! This is an in­terim con­di­tion and your hair should be back to its nor­mal thick­ness and tex­ture within 12 months.

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