Fast-growing and thick hair is a pregnancy symptom that many women love to have. So enjoy your luscious locks while you still can because in the months following delivery, you may experience postpartum hair loss. Read more about the postpartum condition and how to deal with it.
Don’t panic! Postpartum hair loss is normal
It can be an alarming discovery. You’re going about your regular hair-care routine; savoring those moments alone where you can tend to your own self-care. When all of a sudden you look down at your brush and find large clumps of your hair tangled in the bristles!
Don’t panic—postpartum hair loss is normal. Learn more about what causes postpartum hair loss, how long it lasts, and some postpartum hair loss remedies to help treat it.
What causes hair loss after giving birth?
All hair on our bodies grows in a cycle that can last anywhere from two to seven years. The active or growing phase of a strand of hair is called anagen and determines the length of our hair. After a period of time, the hair follicle enters a transition phase (called catagen) before entering its resting phase (telogen). Shedding occurs (exogen) and the process starts all over again.
Changes related to your hormone levels before, during and after pregnancy can affect hair growth. It’s completely normal to experience hormonal imbalance after giving birth, and one of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance is postpartum hair loss.
The medical term for postpartum hair loss is telogen effluvium. The condition, which is also referred to as postpartum alopecia, is relatively common, affecting between 40-50% of women in the months following childbirth.
Postpartum hair loss occurs after childbirth because of the sudden change of hormones in your body, particularly the change between progesterone and estrogen.
When does postpartum hair loss start?
Women may begin to experience postpartum hair loss two to four months after childbirth. The amount of hair loss you experience will be different for every woman and is not always relative to your hair quality or quantity during pregnancy. However, your hair loss may seem more extreme if you have longer hair, or experienced a lot of hair growth during pregnancy.
How long does postpartum hair loss last?
Now that you know when and why it starts, you may be asking yourself “when does postpartum hair loss stop”?
It’s important to remember that postpartum hair loss is only temporary. For many women, 4 months’ postpartum hair loss is quite common and postpartum hair loss may continue for several months. Normal hair growth patterns typically return after 6 months postpartum, but some women may experience postpartum hair loss up to a year after childbirth.
Speak with your doctor if you believe you are experiencing severe postpartum hair loss or the symptoms persist for more than a year.
How to prevent postpartum hair loss?
Because postpartum hair loss is a normal result of your changing hormones, it is not something that you can immediately stop. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the effects of postpartum hair loss and help promote healthy hair growth.
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