Scalp Pain Pregnancy

Is it Normal to Feel Scalp Pain in Pregnancy?

Are you experiencing scalp pain during pregnancy?

  • Does your scalp feel sensitive or tender in pregnancy?
  • You may feel like you are constantly scratching itchy or sore patches on your scalp?
  • Some pregnant women also say that their hair hurts.
  • Or does your scalp feel sore like having spots or acne?
  • Or perhaps you experience burning sensations?
  • Is it making you feel worried and anxious?
  • Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and inspecting your scalp every time you go to the bathroom?
Scalp pain in pregnancy

You know you shouldn’t be stressing yourself during pregnancy but your strange, tender scalp problem is starting to worry you a lot. I explain to you the reasons behind your sensitive scalp during pregnancy and the best remedies that help you to feel confident again.

Is Having a Sore Scalp Common in Pregnancy?

Many women complain about experiencing scalp pain during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can really create unexpected symptoms during pregnancy. Experiencing a sore scalp during pregnancy often comes as a surprise to many women. A sore, itchy scalp can be worrying and you might feel anxious about what’s causing it to itch or hurt. Read on further and find out the best remedy to soothe your scalp.  

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Is Your Scalp Feeling Sore or Itchy During Pregnancy?

Scalp itchiness seems to occur just in patches. Once you start itching it feels like you can’t stop. You may start to feel like a gorilla, itching yourself all over – see Itchy. Which really could be something embarrassing when you are out and about or sitting at work.

On some days, the sore patches on my head would create a burning sensation and I would wonder what was causing it.

I had no idea that these sensations are linked to pregnancy. It was only after I consistently experienced a sore scalp early on in each pregnancy that I could link the patterns and put it down to being pregnant.

Upon talking to my sister about it a little while later, she said “oh my gosh, yes! I had that too and didn’t even think it was connected to being pregnant”.


Sore Scalp Pregnancy Remedies

Scalp Soothing Solutions

The first place to start is to take a good look at your hair products. Your sensitive scalp needs natural products right now. These natural, unscented rice water shampoo & conditioner bars are wonderfully calming. With natural argan oil, olive oil, coconut oil and rice water to nurture and calm your hyper sensitive hair follicles – read further to discover why it is your hair follicles which are causing your scalp soreness and sensitivity. You will also be doing your bit for the environment which we are sure your growing baby will thank you for. 

Why Does my Scalp Hurt During Pregnancy?

  • Your scalp could be sore during pregnancy due to the increase in pregnancy hormones which cause an increase in hair growth (see Hair Loss). This could lead to a feeling of itchiness due to overactive hair follicles and nerve endings.
  • According to Hairy Scalp, pregnancy hormones cause our scalps to become engorged with liquids, causing a tingling, itching or even painful sensation in the nerve endings on our head.
  • The blood volume of a pregnant woman increases by up to 50% (according to American Pregnancy Association). Increased blood volume during pregnancy leads to swelling of blood vessels connected to nerve endings. When swelled blood vessels irritate nerve endings on our head, we experience a sensitive scalp.
  • The increase in the progesterone hormone causes more natural oils to be produced by your skin, according to WebMD.
  • Rausch explain that this oil, called Sebum, is also the oil produced on our scalps. Oil glands produce more Sebum and hair could become greasier more quickly, leaving you with oily hair.
  • According to the NHS, acne appears when dead skin cells and sebum mix together, causing follicles to get plugged. With more oil being produced during pregnancy, it is more likely that hair follicles could become blocked or for acne to appear on the scalp.
  • Another reason could be that your normal shampoo is drawing any leftover essential nutrients away from your scalp, leaving it dry and itchy. During pregnancy, your body draws more on many essential nutrients.
  • You may have developed an allergy to products that you have previously used without a problem. It is common to develop new allergies during pregnancy.

All of the above could explain why our scalps can be sore or sensitive to touch during pregnancy or why the roots of our hair or hair strands hurt.

Resolve Sore, Itchy Scalp Problems By Following These Steps:

Imagine not being anxious about your sore, itchy scalp any more. No more checking in the mirror and overthinking about what could be wrong.

Oh My Mama Body recommends the following products to help you feel relieved, relaxed and confident once more. After all, pregnancy is should be enjoyed and you deserve to feel good about yourself. 

Swop Your Hair Routine and Use Natural Products

Oh My Mama Body Midwives recommend these natural products:

  • Young Living Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner from  – pure, chemical-free products which relax and calm your scalp
  • Young Living Lavender Essential Oil – to rub into your scalp in the evening to soothe and calm
  • Young Living Copaiba Essential Oil – to rub into your scalp if you are feeling a sensation like burning patches

To order them, create an account at Use the Sponsorship ID: 22158815 and Enroller ID: 22158815  to ensure you get the best discount and you will get ongoing support from Oh My Mama Body Midwife Marianne – our in-house qualified Midwife.

Call the Midwife!

Get guidance and speak directly with Midwife Marianne for expert advice about essential oils to relieve your scalp pain, please click on her image to book a call.

Marianne is highly experienced and will guide you with the best natural remedies so that you can enjoy your pregnancy. Once you learn how much essential oils can help you with so many aspects of your pregnancy struggles, you will be dancing with joy! 

When you order through Young Living, you can be confident that you are ordering 100% pure essential oils products (rather than others which are mixed with other ingredients and labelled as 100% organic).

Midwife Marianne

Relieve the stress on your scalp at this time by using natural products to soothe and calm. 

Recommendations for Relieving a Sensitive Scalp During Pregnancy

  • Try using a natural hairbrush the one at this link is very calming for your scalp: natural hairbrush. Brush or comb your hair gently, avoid pulling or tugging it as this will only aggravate already irritated patches on your scalp.
  • Hair products: Use the recommended products above for a ph neutral, natural shampoo and conditioner to reduce the amount of nutrient loss whilst washing your hair.
    • Rub natural oils such as Young Living Lavender and Copaiba essential oils into your scalp if it is feeling dry and itchy. Use Sponsorship and Enroller ID: 22158815 when ordering your Young Living products to get the best discount and further support from Oh My Mama Body: link to Young Living Website
    • Wear your hair down or loosely; the tighter your hair is, the more you will notice any sensitive or sore patches on your scalp.
    • Keep your hands off. It is all too easy to want to itch or rub sore patches. However, the more you touch, the more painful you scalp will get.
    •  Eat a good diet, full of vitamins and drinking plenty of water. Opt for Young Living Multigreen vitamins and Omegagize which will naturally strengthen your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs. 
    • Book your free call with Oh My Mama Body Midwife Marianne for the best advice on vitamins and care during pregnancy. 
    • Philip Kingsley discuss that a healthy, balanced diet is especially important for our hair with a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates, iron, vitamins and minerals.

Always consult your doctor about health concerns. Get your symptoms checked and a professional opinion, as a sore scalp could also be a sign of skin conditions such as a skin infection, contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis.

Watch to Learn More About Coping with a Sore Scalp During Pregnancy

Find my Pregnancy Symptoms playlist on YouTube where I explain symptoms which are less talked about.  It’s so good to understand the changes you are going through properly rather than worrying about them!

Subscribe to my channel to receive regular supportive videos to help you on your pregnancy journey. 

Is Your Scalp Pain Worrying You?

It’s easy to feel anxious and worried about unusual pregnancy symptoms. That’s why I researched and created this information for you. 

There are great methods for relieving a sore, itchy scalp during pregnancy. 

Firstly I refer you to Midwife Marianne who has created free eBooklets and videos for you for your pregnancy journey. Get your free information here

Secondly, spend time on yourself. You deserve to take time for self-care. Your pregnancy journey is a special and important time. You matter. For this reason I created a free online course for you so that you feel confident and self-worth during your wonderful pregnancy journey. It’s a short course that you are sure to enjoy and get a confidence boost from. Find it here: Pregnancy Self-Worth and Wellness. 

Further support:

Come and join my Facebook group for support, guidance and tips for throughout your journey to pregnancy and beyond. There are midwives in the group so it’s a great place to be for getting fast answers to your questions. Plus we have great webinars and regular tips for confidence on your pathway to motherhood.

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