Hair Loss After Pregnancy
Hair loss after pregnancy is a very common condition experienced hundreds of thousands of woman all over the world.
This is a completely natural process and will affect between 40% to 50% of women who are pregnant (especially if you have had multiple pregnancies).
Hair loss in pregnancy usually occurs after delivery, but in rarer cases, it can occur during the pregnancy.
This hair loss is not permanent. Your hair will return to its natural growth pattern within four to six months after delivery. Below are the reasons as to why this hair loss occurs and how you can stop it or slow it down.
What Causes Hair Loss After Pregnancy?
Hair loss as a result of pregnancy usually occurs approximately three months after delivery.
During the pregnancy, the rising hormones you experience, keep your hair in a ‘growth’ phase for an extended period. As a result of this, most women will experience incredibly thick and healthy looking hair during the pregnancy.
Once hormone levels return to normal, the hair is allowed to enter a ‘resting’ state that includes a natural shedding. This is a natural part of the hair growth cycle, however, after your pregnancy, it all happens at once – which can cause some temporary bald patches and thinning hair.
This is completely normal and natural. Your hair will grow back!
There are a number of other reasons why you can experiencing hair loss during pregnancy. Each of these reasons will be explained below.
During pregnancy, your nutritional needs change to accommodate the future new member of your family.
Many women experience anemia during pregnancy due to a larger requirement of iron to create an adequate blood supply for the growing baby.
This can result in a nutritional deficiency due to the requirement of iron by the body outpacing your consumption.
A deficiency in iron, vitamins, and minerals can cause hair loss and hair thinning during pregnancy.
It is important that you intake enough protein, iron, and vitamins to meet the needs of not only your baby but for your body as well.
Make sure you are receiving enough nutrients by:
- Eating a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and protein.
- Supplement your diet with vitamins such as biotin and B group vitamins that encourage hair growth.
- Use hair loss shampoos with nutrients such as biotin and silica.
Hair loss during pregnancy can be caused by the normal hormonal changes you are experiencing as a result of your pregnancy.
Your body is experiencing a very sudden and very large spike in estrogen. In rarer cases, this can confuse the hairs growth cycle and cause telogen effluvium (excessive shedding of hair).
The enormous emotional stress during pregnancy due to these hormone changes can also cause this to occur.
Again this is nothing to be concerned with and it is temporary. Your hair’s normal growth pattern will resume in about 3 months.
If you experience large bald spots or very thin hair and are concerned with your appearance, you could consider a cosmetic treatment to cover these areas temporarily.
Hair loss during pregnancy and hair loss after pregnancy is not a medical emergency.
It is something that is completely natural and a temporary condition.
Pregnancy is one of the most dramatic changes your body will ever experience; it is no wonder then that you experience all of these new and strange changes to your body.
It may take a while after pregnancy for your body to return to its regular ‘pre-pregnant’ state. Just be patient and give it time.