Hair loss after giving birth



Most of women experience hair loss after giving birth, though some lose more than others. This is happening because during pregnancy, changes in the hormone levels make hair staying in a resting phase for longer and there is less hair loss on a daily basis. During pregnancy hair seem thicker than usual. After delivery hormones settle down, normally 3-4 months after delivery, a lot of hair shifts into a shedding phase. Loosing about 100-125 hairs a day is normal, but after delivery hair loss may increase of about 500 hairs a day. There’s little you can do about the shedding, other than to be patient. The shedding tends to be most noticeable when shampooing or brushing hair, so shampooing less frequently or letting hair dry naturally instead of brushing and blow-drying may help slow the loss. 
On the other hand regular washing and brushing may help you avoid leaving a trail of shedding hair behind you all day. Try using a thickening shampoo if you feel your locks are getting too thin or try wearing a shorter haircut. Once the shedding phase has ended fine “baby” hair growing along the hairline at the top of the forehead may be noticed. Having bangs can do a lot to camouflage this wispy new growth while it’s growing out.
 Within another six months or so, hair should be back to its normal pre-pregnancy thickness. Its possible that hair texture is never exactly the same – it may be wavier or straighter or more dry or oily than it was before pregnancy. This is probably due to the hormonal upheaval you’ve just been through. 
If the hair loss doesn’t seem to be slowing and you’re still losing lots of hair six or so months after delivery, check in with a dermatologist or your healthcare provider. It may be a sign that you’re low on iron, which is not entirely uncommon for new moms.

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