Losing hair is a hereditary trait that some women experience later in life. Thinning hair can often be treated with over-the-counter hair treatments like Rogaine. However, such a product can not be used during pregnancy. Rogaine is considered a Category C medication. This means the effect on the unborn fetus is unknown. Any medications falling into Category C should be avoided during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, hair loss can also occur as a result of hormonal changes in the body. This effect will likely reverse after the baby is born and hormone levels return to normal. For women who have significant hair loss due to heredity, pregnancy may slow or stop the loss of hair. Pregnancy hormones affect different women in different ways and while some may see some hair loss while pregnant, others report growing thicker, fuller hair during gestation.
Hair loss is unsightly for some women, but the fact remains that treating the condition with medications is not safe during pregnancy. Some helpful natural tips to slow hair loss include minimizing hair and root damage by leaving the blow dryer and curling iron in the closet while pregnant. Brushing hair gently to avoid root damage may also lessen the hair loss.