Hair Loss During Pregnancy & After Birth
Many new moms see noticeable hair loss a few months after having a baby. After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower, on the pillow and on the brush.
What Causes Hair Loss After Giving Birth?
According to an independent online study, up to 55% of new mums notice a loss of density approximately 6 weeks after giving birth, while 75% of new mothers notice more hair shedding than normal after giving birth.
Why Does This Happens?
During pregnancy, changes in your hormone levels cause your hair to stay in a resting phase for longer, so you lose less hair on a daily basis. You may have noticed that your hair seemed thicker than usual. However, once the pregnancy is over the amount of estrogen in the body will drop significantly causing a scary shedding. This is why a lot of pregnant women feel they are going bald after the pregnancy is over.
Normally, you lose about 100 to 125 hairs a day. But after delivery, you may be losing about 500 a day. This can be very disturbing, but try not to worry too much you won’t go bald!
The good news is that this excessive shedding is temporary, and you do not have to do anything to remedy it. Once hormones begin to regulate normally, hair should return to its normal growth cycle within three months to one year after giving birth. You will notice that your curls return to their normal fullness by your child’s first birthday or even earlier. In addition to hormonal changes, past partum health, diet and environment can also affect your hair’s condition and the way it grows.
Although very common postpartum hair loss can be very troublesome to women, causing unnecessary worry and low confidence during what should be a very special time in a new mother’s life.
By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.
Tips And Ideas To How To Prevent Hair Shedding
If hair shedding after birth bothers you, these are some tips that can help you decrease shedding until you regain normal fullness.
- Use a volumizing shampoo: There are non chemical compounds that use natural ingredients such as Argan Oil, Saw Palmetto, Nettle extract and even caffeine in their formulas.
- Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
- Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.
- Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hair.
- Avoid conditioners labeled “intensive conditioners.” These are too heavy.
- Shampooing and brushing: The shedding tends to be most noticeable when you’re shampooing or brushing your hair. So you may find that shampooing less frequently or letting your hair dry naturally instead of brushing and blow-drying helps slow the loss.
- Try a new hairstyle. Some haircuts make hair look fuller. It can also save time. With a baby, anything that saves time can be a real boon.
If your hair does not regain its normal fullness after one year, you may want to see a dermatologist. Something else may be causing your hair to fall out. Women lose hair for many reasons, and an accurate diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.