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Postpartum Hair Loss

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Postpartum hair lossDuring pregnancy, many women receive the blessing of thick, long, luscious hair, only to find out, it’s short-lived. So, why do we get beautiful hair, just to lose it to postpartum hair loss? One word: hormones. More specifically, estrogen.

We have two stages in our hair: the growing stage and the resting stage. Normally, 85 to 95 percent of our hair is in growing stage and 5 to 15 percent is in the resting stage. After the resting stage, our hair falls out. But, during pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen extend the growing stage, thus fewer hair falls out, leaving your hair full and luscious. However, after baby is born, the increased estrogen levels begin to decrease and more hair goes into resting stage, resulting in the shedding of hair. Shedding usually begins around three months, and you should have your normal hair back between six and twelve months.

In the meantime, you can try a fun, new, short haircut. Spend less time styling and more time bonding with your beautiful baby. If you’re not ready for such a drastic move, you can use a thickener or mousse for a fuller look. A good, healthy diet will also help your hair during the shedding period. Be gentle on your postpartum hair to prevent excess hair loss. Breastfeeding can help you keep your locks intact a bit longer, until you start weaning or feeding solids–another awesome benefit of breastfeeding.
If you have longer hair during this period, be careful of hair tourniquet syndrome, which happens when a strand of hair can get tightly wrapped around baby’s appendages.
Julie McLelland is a breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, mom of two wonderful babies, writing from south Texas.