My Postpartum Hair Loss
While brushing my hair and noticed a lot more was falling out than normal. Throughout the day I had hair sticking to my clothes, bed, and pillow and a few days later I reminded myself that this was postpartum hair loss. What I didn’t like was that in prior years I had black hair and I could at least see it falling out and I could pick it up and put it in the trash. But now my hair blond was difficult to see. I could feel my hair setting as it was falling down my back, and finding it in my butt crack! Do you have a similar experience?
I realize I’m three months postpartum. I should have put an alarm on my phone to remind me to plan ahead so I’m on my way to order Nioxin to prevent further damage to my chemically treated hair. My previous delivery of twins was a few years ago and my hair didn’t start falling out until 4 months. So needless to say I was super bummed out that my thick long hair was soon going to be thin, and I was going to be faced with a receding hairline. I am totally looking forward to being bald in 2020🤣
Why Does Postpartum Hair Loss Happen?
Also known as postpartum telogen effluvium, is a common condition many of us experience after childbirth. This hair loss is typically temporary and is influenced by hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Here’s why it happens:
Hormonal Fluctuations: During pregnancy, elevated levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone cause hair to remain in the growth phase, leading to thicker, more luscious hair. After childbirth, these hormone levels drop significantly, which can cause hair to shift from the growth phase to the resting phase and eventually lead to shedding.
Stress of Childbirth: Childbirth is a significant physical and emotional event. The stress of delivering a baby, combined with the sudden hormonal changes, can shock the hair follicles, leading to increased hair shedding.
Nutritional Factors: Postpartum, the body’s nutritional demands can shift, and if not met adequately, it can impact hair health. For instance, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals essential for hair growth, like iron, zinc, and vitamin B, can exacerbate hair loss. So ladies, keep taking your vitamins!
Reduced Hair Care: The demands of caring for a newborn often leave little time for personal care routines. This shift can sometimes lead to less attention to hair care, contributing to the appearance of hair loss.
Genetic Predisposition: Some of us are genetically predisposed to more significant hair loss after childbirth.
It’s important to note that postpartum hair loss typically peaks around 3-4 months after childbirth and is usually temporary. Most moms will see their hair return to its normal fullness within six to twelve months. However, if hair loss continues beyond a year or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider to rule out other conditions.
In the meantime, gentle hair care, a balanced diet, and managing stress can help mitigate the effects of postpartum hair loss. Remember, this is totally common and typically temporary postpartum change, and understanding it as a normal part of the post-pregnancy experience can be reassuring.
What tips do you have for moms who are going through postpartum hair loss? Comment below.
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