Pregnancy can cause numerous mental and physical changes. These changes occur from the early weeks of pregnancy to several months after pregnancy. And did you know that there are many women who experience hair loss after delivery. Is this symptom normal? How long does it last? And what are the appropriate steps you should follow to prevent and treat it?
In general, the phase of after delivery is the reverse phase of during pregnancy. When you are being pregnant, your body has higher levels of pregnancy hormones. The increased estrogen that you have can help your hair keep growing – even it also stimulates a lot of new hairs, as a result you are more likely to have full luxurious head of hair. If you experience unusual hair loss during pregnancy, it may be caused by mineral or vitamin deficiency. Then, how about with post-pregnancy?
Before jumping to the reason of this problem, it’s much better to understand the natural cycle of growth and fall of your hair. At any one time, most of your hair (about 90 percent) is continuously growing – while the others (about 10 percent) go to the phase of resting. These resting hairs will fall out every 2 – 3 months and then will be replaced by new hairs. Most women shed about 100 hairs /day on average.
After giving a birth, your pregnancy hormones decrease and will get back to the levels of normal. As a result, you are more likely to have more hairs that fall out. As your hairs back to the normal cycle, the hair loss that should be fall out during pregnancy (delayed) may fall out all at once. Therefore, you may be suppressed to find yourself shedding more hair while breastfeeding or in several months after delivery.
However, don’t panic! Having hair loss problem after giving birth is pretty common – in fact, it affects many new moms (about almost 75 percent of women after delivery)! So, there are also some women who don’t experience it. Among those women who do, this unusual hair loss is usually easier to be noticed in women who have longer hair.
Post pregnancy hair loss commonly occurs about 3-4 months after giving birth. But again, you should not be panic because it is a natural process that will go away on its own. Like most changes due to pregnancy, typically it is also temporary.
As noted before, the decreased estrogen after giving birth play key role in tumbling of a lot of hairs. Soon you will notice more of your hair that coming out on your brush and when taking a shower. But don’t worry, this unusual falling will taper off and you will get back the pre-pregnancy thickness of your hair approximately about 6 to 12 months after delivery or at least after the first birthday of your baby.
Many experts believe that breastfeeding will not cause hair loss. Even breastfeed your baby can help you lose your baby weight after pregnancy! Moreover, breastfeeding is very crucial for the growth of your baby – so don’t ever thinking to stop your breastfeeding, particularly for at least 6 months after delivery!
There are also some ways that you can follow to make your hair look healthier and fuller after pregnancy.
A well-balanced diet is not only useful for your overall health and the health of your hair, but also important to make sure that you get plenty of nutrient while breastfeeding. When it comes to the health and strength of your hair, make sure you get plenty of antioxidants and flavonoids. Both can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Protein is another essential nutrient that can be helpful to replenish your hair. Therefore, eat more foods that contain high protein, such as soy, egg, salmon, etc – however make sure you eat them in moderation. Don’t forget also to get plenty of iron – iron deficiency also can trigger more hairs to fall out.
As mentioned before, most women with longer hair are more likely to have more hairs to fall out after giving birth. Therefore, it is reasonable if there many new moms who find a haircut as one of the easiest ways to ease their postpartum hair loss.
Haircut option is also beneficial when you breastfeed your baby, there is no more incident for your baby to pull your hair. Furthermore, you can reduce the amount of time to clean up and style your hair.
About 3-4 months after giving birth, your hairs are more prone to breakage. Therefore, you should handle and touch them with extra care while doing certain activities, such as when washing or brushing them.
Remember that wet hairs are the most fragile time – so make sure you handle them gently. It is much better to allow them almost dry before you comb or brush them. Use an appropriate comb that will not pull them excessively!
Cornrows, braids, or ponytails should be avoided because they can pull the hair tighter. If you want to use a blow dryer, make sure you set it at the coolest setting or avoid using it and allow your hair to dry naturally for better result. And during the highest intensity of your shedding, decrease your frequency of washing /shampooing your hair.