While you might not mind thicker hair on your head, fast-growing hair on your arms, legs and other places can be a nuisance during pregnancy. Even though you might need to constantly wax or shave to keep your body hair under control during pregnancy, faster hair growth is usually a temporary condition that will resolve itself shortly after you give birth.
Pregnancy hormones can change hair growth and texture during pregnancy. These hormones affect all pregnant women differently, causing some women to experience fast-growing hair while others fail to notice any significant changes to their hair during pregnancy. Androgens increase the rate of growth of body and facial hairs, which can cause new hair growth in unexpected and unwanted places, such as your belly or breasts. Estrogens extend your hair’s growing cycle, leading to a thicker hair on your scalp.
Here are some changes you will see in your hair growth during pregnancy and the reasons behind them
1. Women start experiencing pregnancy induced hair growth in the first trimester when the levels of androgen in their body increases. Hair usually feels fuller and thicker than before because of relatively no hair fall during this period. During pregnancy, the increase in hormones causes the hair to stay in the resting phase longer. It thus results in the appearance of lustrous hair.
2. A woman tends to eat larger meals during pregnancy. Sleep combats cortisol which helps to reduce the levels of stress in the body. This helps the hair to grow at a faster pace.
3. Progesterone, a hormone found in pregnant women makes the latent hair follicles alive. It prolongs the hair growth phase, resulting in less hair fall and thicker tresses. Rapid hair growth pattern continues throughout the pregnancy.
4. Change in hair texture is also very common during pregnancy. For example, wavy hair may turn straight and vice versa. The hair may even become very dry or very oily. Some women may also experience a change in their hair color.
5. You can credit the pregnancy hormone estrogen for the changes in your hair growth during pregnancy, making your hair both grow faster and be less likely to fall out. The increased blood circulation and your pumped-up metabolism that are bringing more nutrients to your hair also deserve some thanks.
You will get to see a lot of changes during and after your pregnancy so just be prepared and ready for what lies ahead. And for the mothers who have already delivered their little bundle of joy, we are sure you can relate.