Along with many good and
not so good changes during pregnancy, women expect changes in their skin, hair
and nails also. While some women feel and look much better during pregnancy,
some have to face adverse effects also. Read on to learn how hair and nails
change during pregnancy.
What are Effects of Pregnancy on the
Pregnancy affects you in
different ways, but everything is temporary. You will come back to your normal
self once the term gets over. You will find that your skin looks better in
pregnancy, your hair appears fuller and your nail growth has also been
augmented. However, most of them find that they had immense hair fall after
delivery and their nails too split after childbirth.
causes an increase in your metabolic rate, which in turn nourishes your skin
cells, making your hair and nails grow faster. In fact hair could also start
appearing on the arms, legs, back, belly and face. Most of the hair disappears
within 6 months after delivery. So relax as your hair and nails will simply get
back to normal after childbirth.
What Happens to Hair During
Your hair might seem
fuller when you are pregnant. It is because you are not losing your hair as you
normally do. In normal days, women lose almost 100 hairs everyday while
brushing or shampooing because 5 – 10% of the hair falls every day. This gets
reduced in pregnancy
because of the release of higher levels of estrogen in the body. This makes the
hair look fuller.
Along with the growth of hair on your
head, you can also experience hair growth on your face and chest. Well, there
is nothing much to worry about as this is because of the hormonal changes that
are going on inside your body. Everything will get back to normal within 6
weeks of delivery.
It is true that you will lose a
considerable amount of hair after delivery.
But experts differ on the reasons for this hair loss. Some argue that
you are losing the hair that you normally would have shed in the 9 months of
pregnancy, but did not. Others say childbirth causes a widespread
conversion of hair follicles from the growing state to the resting
state. Hair growth and shedding is known to come back to the normal
state after about three months of childbirth.
normal hair loss is seen at the time of pregnancy also, there is more loss of
hair felt in the following months of childbirth. Seeing heavy hair
loss after delivery many women freak out thinking that they will go
bald, but in reality they are just getting back to their normal
Not all pregnant women find so drastic change in the
growth and texture of their hair before and after childbirth. These changes are
more obvious with women having longer hair.
Nail Changes during
In some women nail growth
is faster sometimes brittleness is observed along with fast growth. Groove
formation and nail getting separated from the end of the nail bed is also seen
in some pregnant women.
The main reason behind terrific nail
growth in pregnant women is because of the pregnancy hormones. Although some
women have long as well as strong nails, most of them find that their nails are
thin, weak and easy to break.
The best way to cope with all
going on in skin, hair and nails is to eat balanced food during
pregnancy. Make sure your diet includes biotin, a B-complex vitamin. This will
improve firmness, hardness and thickness of your nails and help keeping your
hair and skin healthy too. You will get enough biotin through foods like
soybeans, eggs, nuts, milk, mushrooms, avocados, bananas and whole
Precautions You Can
Avoid solvent based nail polish,
remover, acrylic nails and others.
Check labels of cosmetic products
and avoid products with acetone and formaldehyde.
When getting manicure, make sure
the salon is ventilated.
Do not bite or tug your
Keep your nails clean and
Use moisturising cream and apply it on nails and cuticles
Push back cuticles and avoid
cutting them. This will save you from getting any infection and your nails will
also grow stronger.
Keep your nails
Avoid digging into ingrown toe
The hair growth and changes in the texture of nails is
temporary. This is because all these changes that are seen during pregnancy are
due to pregnancy hormones and huge amount of blood flow to different parts of
your body. Once your baby is born, everything will get back to normal
How does pregnancy affect hair
and nails? Why do nails grow faster during pregnancy? Why does hair become
fuller and skin starts glowing during pregnancy? Discuss
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