How to Deal with Postpartum Hair Loss

After giving birth, your body goes through several strange and unexpected changes. My hair loss was one transition for which I was unprepared. That hair wasn’t scattered over here and there, either. For WEEKS, there was a mass of debris in the shower drain.

Is there a way to stop the thinning hair or find out what causes it?

While there isn’t a lot of study available on the topic, rest assured that it is quite typical. Over ninety percent of new mothers will suffer from a condition called “Postpartum Alopecia” in medical profession.

To what end does this occur?

The levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone increase significantly during pregnancy. These hormones maintain the growth phase of the hair cycle, reducing the normally occurring rate of hair loss. These hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels after giving delivery. By shedding more each day, your hair is catching up. Although it may seem like a lot at the time, the overall volume you lose should be about the same as what you would have lost if you hadn’t been pregnant for the prior nine months. To learn more, continue.

I was wondering how long it would last.

Hair thinning usually worsens at the four-month mark and persists for the following two. You shouldn’t worry because it can last for up to a year for some people.

Is there anything you can do about it?

Hair loss is a common side effect of hormonal shifts after giving birth. If this is bothering you, you can take measures to help your hair appear fuller and healthier.

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can promote healthy hair development. Although no one miracle food can make your hair grow faster, eating more animal products as meat and eggs may assist. Glycine, an essential amino acid for synthesizing collagen, is found primarily in animal-based diets. Collagen is a protein essential for hair development.

Don’t stop taking your prenatal vitamins! Select a complete package; read more about my top picks for pregnant women here:

Reduce the amount of heat you use when styling your hair or skip it altogether to keep it from drying out.

If you’re looking for a new hairspray: Spray your entire head twice a day with a mixture of 10 drops each of rosemary essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil, plus 1 ounce of witch hazel and 6 fluid ounces of water.