Hair Loss in New Moms….

During pregnancy you may be thrilled with the increased volume of your hair. But, few months after giving birth to your child you may experience an excessive hair shedding. There’s nothing to be panic. You are not going to be completely bold. Excessive hair shedding after a child birth also called as Postpartum Hair Loss. Good news is, this postpartum hair loss is temporary and this will be back to normal around your baby’s first birthday. Many women regain the full volume of their hair even before that.

Normally, between 85 to 95 percent of your hair is actively growing while the other 5 to 15 percent is in the resting stage. After the resting stage these hair will be fallen down and replaced by new hair. During pregnancy, higher estrogen level stretches the growing stage. So, small amount of hair is in the resting stage and very few hair strands falling out. This is why you get thicker and increased hair volume during pregnancy. After giving birth, your estrogen level drops down at a higher speed causing more hair to be in the resting stage. After around three to five months these hair will be shed while you are bathing or brushing hair.

Actually, there is nothing you can do to stop this situation completely. but, there are some things you can try to bulk up the appearance of your hair.

  • Get a good haircut. It is good to select a short haircut which requires less care. A short hair style can make hair look fuller.
  • Experiment a different hair style like curly or wavy hair
  • Keep hair moussed and moist
  • Select good quality shampoo and conditioner that add volume to your hair
  • Change the hair parts. If you normally part your hair in the middle, try a side part
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of protein
  • Avoid using brush or comb that pulls or stresses the hair. Use a comb with widely spaced teeth
  • Avoid tight hair braids, using hair rollers or tight hair clips
  • Avoid playing with your hair often
  • Brush your hair gently
  • Be careful when brushing wet hair, since wet hair is more fragile than dry hair
  • Drink more water, get more sleep and manage stress
  • Invest in healthy oils

If you think your hair loss is excessive or if it doesn’t come back to normal even after your child’s first birthday, talk to your healthcare provider, because hair loss can be a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia or postpartum thyroiditis.


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