Many women suffer hair loss following the birth of their baby, despite
having the finest locks of their lives during pregnancy.
Today we will explain what you need to know about postpartum hair loss and
some tips about dealing with it.
No, you're not going to go bald!
This is a temporary period, and you won't go from extra-thick to scarcely
there, but everybody's hair loss can appear differently.
Although stress can contribute, your hormones are the biggest
Your elevated levels of estrogen throughout pregnancy inhibited your
average rate of hair loss. Usually, hair comes out in small numbers during
the day (50-100 strands a day). Hair loss decreases during pregnancy. The
impact is exacerbated by your elevated blood flow and circulation, which
allows your hair to fall out less often than usual.
After your baby is born and your estrogen levels decrease, your hair makes
up for the losses by coming out in even larger clusters than usual (300
strands a day). The actual amount of your hair loss is actually not more
significant than what you will have missed over the previous nine months;
it only seems that way when it occurs all at once. Your body is just
resetting to a normal nonpregnant state.
Go on breastfeeding because this has not been shown by researchers to
impact postpartum hair loss!
The true prevalence of postpartum hair loss is uncertain, although it is
widely assumed to be expected to some degree in all women. The American
pregnancy association reports that 40–50% of women
report significant hair loss after giving birth. Again, everyone’s hair loss
experience can be different.
Basically, hair loss can be brought on by anything that involves a change in
the estrogen hormone balance in your system.
Aside from postpartum time, women may experience hair loss from
any one or more of the following:
Stopping birth control pills or some other form of hormonal birth
Stillbirth or miscarriage
Other factors that contribute to hormonal imbalance
Postpartum hair decline can occur any time after your baby is born and can
last for up to one year. It typically peaks around the 3-4 month
mark but if your infant is a few months old and you're already
shedding strands of hair, that doesn't mean it's time to panic! Some women
may experience this earlier and some later.
It varies from person to person; however, postpartum hair loss typically
lasts no longer than three months and begins to grow back around six months
after your baby is born. Your hair ought to be back to its pre-pregnancy
state approximately 12 months after giving birth.
What Can You Do to Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss?
There are no scientifically proven methods to stop this hair
This is a normal part of your body “resetting” after delivery.
What you can do is support the new hair growth!
Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables to get adequate vitamins
Find ways to manage your stress ( Cause being a mom can be
Try a head massage (But this will cause hair shedding- so don’t do
that if it freaks you out!)
Be gentle to your hair while washing and brushing
Don’t over shampoo ( In all seriousness you are lucky to wash your
hair once a week after your baby!)
Avoid wearing close hairstyles that will tug on your hair.
If constant shedding scares you, the American Academy of
Dermatology has some advice to minimize what you see! ( remember
you will eventually lose the hair you were intended to lose) :
Excessive brushing or styling should be avoided, particularly for
styles that need a lot of heat.
Make use of volumizing shampoos.
Use light conditioning and only on tips.
You can change your hairstyle to make your hair seem fuller.
Remember to be gentle with yourself (and your hair!)
You have a lot on your mind right now, and there might not be anything else
you can do except wait.
When to Visit Your Healthcare Provider
In most cases, postpartum hair loss is entirely natural and not a cause of
If you have excessive hair loss and other symptoms or continue to have
clumps in your hairbrush following your baby's first birthday, you should
consult a healthcare provider to ensure there isn't another factor behind
your hair loss.
Yes, it can be alarming to see clumps of hair falling out, especially more
dramatic since having the glam lush locks of pregnancy!
But postpartum hair loss , although distressing, is a natural part of your
body “resetting” itself after pregnancy. Your hair loss cycle will go back
While you wait it out, continue to support your physical and mental
As always, reach out to MaternalWell text support for any general questions.