Hair and skin care during pregnancy

Motherhood is a woman's goddess. However, during pregnancy, the mother will have certain changes due to the effects of pregnancy hormones, especially the skin and hair of the pregnant mother.

1. Hair care during pregnancy

Hair usually grows in three stages: growth, rest and shedding. During these periods, people usually shed 100 strands of hair a day. When you are pregnant, additional hormones in the body will change your hair cycle. Your hair grows on top and does not fall out. This is why your hair seems longer and thicker than usual.

Some studies also show that hair strands actually thicken during pregnancy.

In some cases, the hair becomes more or less curly during pregnancy or after pregnancy.

To take care of hair during pregnancy, pregnant mothers should note some of the following:

  • Avoid chemotherapy:if you usually dye, curl, or relax your hair, you will wonder whether to do these during pregnancy. Some doctors recommend stopping, while others say it's ok to move on. There are still others who say that hair dyeing or curling should be avoided during the first tri tri month of pregnancy. Why is there such a difference of view? In fact, very little research examines the effects of dyes and other hair chemicals in pregnant women. However, there is still the possibility that the chemicals can be absorbed through your scalp during the procedure and affect the growing baby in your body. It is best to avoid using chemicals to take care of the hair during pregnancy.

Hair loss

Three to six months after childbirth, the mother will suffer more hair loss
  • Hair care: You do not need to change shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, gels, mousse or drying habits, unless you use a prescription dandruff shampoo. You can consult your doctor further about some pharmaceutical shampoos that cannot be used during pregnancy. Some pregnant women are annoyed by the smell of shampoo or hair spray, you can refer to the types without smell.

Three to six months after childbirth, you will suffer more hair loss. Some cases have a lot of hair loss, which makes many women worry. However, rest assured, your hair will grow normally again, hair loss when you are recovering from pregnancy is completely normal.

2. Skin care during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your skin will become drier and more sensitive because your body is having many changes.

The following are some skin changes and how to take care of the skin during pregnancy, including:

  • Acne :Pregnancy hormones make your skin produce more oil, which can cause acne. This condition occurs during your pregnancy and can last until you have given birth to a baby. You should not use any product containing benzoyl, salicylic acid or any retinoids to solve acne. They are not safe to use in pregnancy. It is recommended to use products containing glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid for treatment. Besides, you can also use some safe drugs for use in pregnancy such as erythromycin cream and azelaic acid.
  • Skin becomes darker :Some body parts are often darker from pregnancy hormones. A strip of skin above and below your navel is called linea nigra. This condition will improve after about 3-6 months after pregnancy. Although there is no specific treatment to improve skin pigmentation, it is recommended to avoid the sun in order to reduce dark skin conditions. At the same time you should wear sunscreen whenever you go out. You can use azelaic acid, which is very good for pigmentation, accompanied by the use of vitamin C products to inhibit pigmentation naturally.
  • Melasma: Many women develop a condition of darkening of the skin on the face called melasma, sometimes called a "mask of pregnancy". Melasma is caused by hormones associated with the sun. Melasma fades 3 to 6 months after pregnancy, but may appear again when you go out without sunscreen. Therefore, you need to keep in mind, when going out always use sunscreen, sunscreen and a hat.


Many women develop a facial darkening condition called melasma, sometimes called a "mask of pregnancy"
  • Stretch marks: this is a condition most pregnant mothers experience. Stretch marks may occur in the abdomen, chest, and often stretch marks will occur in the third trimead. Doctors believe stretch marks are red, blue-violet and brown… most are heredity and most stretch marks products will not be able to prevent them from appearing. Applying moisturizer will reduce stretch marks in pregnant mothers. After the birth of the baby, the mother can be treated with a laser so that the stretch marks fade.
  • Abdominal skin itching: the cause of this condition can be hormones and partly because the skin in the abdomen is stretched during pregnancy. The most common is urticaria in pregnancy. It usually occurs around the navel and quickly spreads to other areas such as the thighs, chest, buttocks. Although this condition is not dangerous, it makes the pregnant mother very uncomfortable. If you can't withstand the itching, you can use steroid creams prescribed by your doctor. You can also try dipping a cloth into a little warm milk and applying it to the skin, or add a handful of oatmeal to a warm (non-hot) bath. If you have a rash and blisters filled with fluids then you should immediately go to the medical facility because this can be an auto-immune response, it can increase the risk of premature birth and affect the health of the fetus. Therefore, you need to be treated early. Often when itchy skin, pregnant mothers should use moisturizer. A small number of cases of itching of the skin during pregnancy can be a symptom of bile retention, which increases the risk of premature birth or causes pregnancy failure.
  • Use botox and skin tightening: many pregnant mothers wonder if during pregnancy it is possible to treat wrinkles, anti-aging such as using botox during pregnancy. In fact, there are no tests to prove they are safe for pregnant mothers as well as the fetus.

At Share99 International Health Hub, there is a full maternity service as a solution to help pregnant mothers feel secure because there is a team of doctors throughout the pregnancy. When choosing a full-service maternity, a pregnant woman can:

  • The process of pregnancy is monitored by a team of specialists
  • Regular examination, early detection of abnormalities
  • Package maternity for the convenience of childbirth
  • Infants receive comprehensive care

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