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Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss: Why it Happens and How to Manage It

September 24, 2012

Here’s the good news about the surge in hormones you’re experiencing during your pregnancy: it can result in thicker, longer hair for the duration of your term. But the bad news is that many women also experience hair loss after they’ve given birth.

Close to 50% of pregnant women will experience some hair loss in the three months after they’ve delivered their babies. The hormones which rise during your pregnancy disrupt your normal patterns of hair growth and loss, and cause you to retain more of your hair than usual. When these same hormones begin to return to normal levels after you give birth, the hair loss that was on hold during pregnancy may happen all at once, resulting in thinner hair in the first few months after delivery.

How can you manage your hair loss so that the degree of thinning is kept to a minimum? For starters, for a variety of reasons, you should continue taking your prenatal vitamins after giving birth to your baby. Many of the vitamins and minerals contained in your supplements will help to promote healthy hair growth. You’ll also want to maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated, as this will improve the quality and texture of your hair. Don’t pull at it wth a harsh comb or brush excessively. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to gently detangle after you’ve washed your hair, in conjunction with a detangling leave-in conditioner. Keep heat styling to a minimum. And while it might be tempting to pull your hair back into a tight ponytail or braid during this time, or even to get extensions, keep your hairstyle as loose and simple as possible, to avoid tearing out hair prematurely.

Whatever you do, don’t panic! This hair loss after pregnancy is temporary, and normally is at its worst 3 months after delivery. Your normal pattern of growth and loss should take hold within six months to a year.

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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  1. September 24, 2012 9:28 am

    So glad to read it is at its worst at 3 months as baby C is 3 months this week and my hair is everywhere 😦

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