Postpartum Hair Loss: Cure Post Pregnancy Hair Problems

Postpartum Hair Loss: Cure Post Pregnancy Hair Problems

Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss and postpartum hair breakage is one of the many things that goes hand-in-hand with bringing a new baby into the world. Along with all the happiness and the life-affirming joy comes an avalanche of negativity, from hair loss to skin problems, depression and a lot more.

We can’t help you with most of that. But we can help you with postpartum hair loss. The bad thing is that this will happen to most women following birth. The good thing is that it doesn’t last and will clear up in time. Trust us on that one—it may feel like the end of the world and the end of your beautiful hair, but that’s far from the case.

In this guide we will look at postpartum hair loss in a little more detail, telling you all you need to know about it.

What is Postpartum Hair Loss?

What is Postpartum Hair Loss

Put simply, postpartum hair loss, or postpartum hair breakage, is hair loss or hair damage that occurs following childbirth. If this sounds terrifying to you then you’re not alone. It’s something that many women dread. But the first step to overcoming it is understanding it and knowing what to expect when it happens.

Postpartum hair loss is typically nothing more than a few extra hairs falling out. This typically occurs between 3 and 6 months after pregnancy. It is more common in new mothers.

So, what causes postpartum hair loss? Well, the average human scalp will shed over 100 hairs a day. This is perfectly natural, even if it doesn’t sound like it. During pregnancy, the body’s hormones help to keep these hairs in place. The hair grows thicker and longer. That’s why pregnant women tend to have lustrous hair.

After childbirth, the hormones begin to reset. They are no longer working hard to keep that hair in place, so it all begins to fall out. And because it has been holding onto those hairs for so long, there is a lot of catching up to do.

Postpartum Hair Breakage

Postpartum Hair Breakage

It may feel like you hair is just very weak and is breaking under any kind of pressure. When you shower, when you brush, even when you throw on a blouse or wear a hat. However, there’s a good chance that the hair is coming out because it was already waiting to come out, and not because it’s breaking.

It can be scary to lose this amount of hair, but take solace in the knowledge that there is so much more hair waiting underneath. You’re essentially just losing the excess hair gathered during pregnancy and turning back into the way you were before you fell pregnant and those hormones began to work their magic.

The good news is that it doesn’t last for very long. By the time the baby is three months old, those hormones should have reset and you’ll begin to notice some of the symptoms. But within a further 6 months, the worst of it will be over. You’ll have a few more blocked plug-holes. You’ll have a few more brushes to clean. But your hair will still be as strong and lush as it was before you fell pregnant.

And let’s be honest, new mothers typically have so much more to worry about. That first year usually flies by. There is very little time to work, to socialize and even to sleep, so a little excess hair falling out is typically overlooked.

If you have noticed it (there’s a good chance that’s the case if you’re reading this article) then there are a few things you can do to limit the distress it is causing you.

How to Cure Postpartum Hair Loss

Cure Postpartum Hair Loss

The best thing you can do to stop the hair loss is to limit the damage that you do to your hair. So, try to avoid excessive use of hair dryers and flat irons. You should also avoid any heavy brushing. As we said above, it’s not going to damage the hair itself, not to a great extent anyway, but it will expedite the hair loss process.

If you’re gentle then you will also limit damage to your hair in general, which will stop you from taking out even more hair and causing even more stress. So, as well as heavy brushing and hair dryers, you should also avoid anything too heavy on chemicals, including dyes. Try and use a natural, organic shampoo and conditioner and make sure you treat your hair well.

Your body will also need a strong vitamin profile. There are many hair loss vitamins and hair growth supplements that you can take to help with this. But the aren’t always advisable for postpartum hair loss, nor are they all safe for breastfeeding mothers. The best thing to do, therefore, is to take a prenatal vitamin. This will ensure you get all of the essential vitamins that may otherwise be depleted, including vitamins like biotin and niacin, both of which can strengthen your hair.

When to Worry about Postpartum Hair Loss

If you are losing an excessive amount of hair, then you may need to talk to an expert. Of course, the problem with postpartum hair loss is that the hair lost is an excessive amount to everyone who loses it, because they’re not used to losing that much. So, try not to focus too much on what’s on the brush or in the plughole. Instead, focus on how your hair looks. Is it considerably thinner? Are there bald patches?

Bear in mind that you hair will look less lustrous than it did during pregnancy. It may even look little thinner. But if it looks considerably worse than it did before you first fell pregnant, if there are bald batches, dry batches or other clear damage, then you should consult a doctor. It is unlikely to be anything serious, but if nothing else they can run some checks to see if you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral and then help you to supplement with it if you are.

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