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Losing your hair shortly after giving childbirth is nothing out of the ordinary. This is called postpartum hair loss. It is normal and temporary. To give an idea of how long this last it can go on for six months up to a year. This just depends on the woman and her hormone levels. The amount of hair loss is something that depends on each woman as well. It can be very dramatic or very little. Any other time in her life, between 80-90 percent of hair person has is actively grown while the other percentage is in what is referred to as a resting stage. Once the resting stage is over, this hair falls out. You probably have noticed it before; during shampoos or simply while brushing your hair. It has been said the average women sheds around 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, however, your estrogen level and hCG comes into play with the growing stage. The resting stage is prolonged. This leads to fuller, thicker hair.
Once baby makes its entrance into the world, your estrogen levels as well as several other hormone levels take a sudden vacation per-say. They drop in levels tremendously! This leads to more of your hair entering the resting stage, and within a few months, it is likely to notice more hair falling out when you brush or shampoo it. Not every new mom will notice dramatic changes during her pregnancy with her hair. Postpartum hair loss is more common among women with longer hair. If this becomes excessive seek medicinal attention as it could be something along the lines of anemia or postpartum thyroiditis which are treatable. I know you’re probably thinking… “Oh no!! What can I do to save my hair from this happening?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a prevention but you can try different products such as hair thickening agents or mousse to make your hair appear fuller during this period. Do avoid heavy conditioners, these will weigh the hair down and not help the appearance of fuller hair at all. Have you always wondered why its so common for moms to get a shorter hair cut? Sometimes referred to as a mom cut? This is one reason behind it. It does have advantages of being easier to care for while having a newborn around!
After baby, make sure you are eating healthy. Foods to help improve hair heath would be anything dark and leafy for iron and vitamin C. Sweet potatoes and carrots are good as well for the beta carotene. Don’t forget to take your daily vitamins, too! Continue your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding, and don’t forget to take your placenta pills!
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