Postpartum Hair Loss after Pregnancy – What you need to know?

You may be surprised to find that Postpartum Hair Loss after Pregnancy is more than usual in the first few months after delivering your baby, but don’t panic, you are not going to go bald. This fallout is quite normal post pregnancy and can be at times quite heavy.

“I had my baby a few months ago, my hair which was normal during pregnancy, now seems to be falling out in handfuls.”

What causes Postpartum hair loss after Pregnancy ?

Postpartum Hair Loss after Pregnancy

before we talking about Postpartum hair loss after Pregnancy causes,you need to know ,a normal person sheds about 100 head hairs in a day on an average; each of which is replaced by new growth. This happens due to a cyclic hair growth pattern.

Typically a hair follicle produces new hair for three to four months and then rests for an equal amount of time.

Old hair falls out during this resting phase. You always lose some hair regularly when you shower, brush or comb your hair as five to ten percent of your hair follicles rest at any given time.

During pregnancy hormonal changes slow hair loss considerably due to drastically reduced hair follicle rest period, making them thicker and more luxuriant than ever before.

This happens due to increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy.  You may notice the same phenomenon when you are taking oral contraceptives.

Is Postpartum Hair Loss after Pregnancy permanent?

Postpartum hair loss after Pregnancy is reprieve from normal hair loss lasts only as long as the pregnancy.  Soon after giving birth, the estrogen level falls.

Therefore, during the first three to six months after delivery (or after one stops taking the pill), all the hairs that were scheduled to have fallen out during pregnancy are shed. 

Regrowth can’t keep pace with this hair loss. This makes for the more than usual hair fall during the post pregnancy period, and so the hair looks much thinner than usual.

This more than normal level of hair fall will taper off gradually and by the end of your baby’s first year, your hair should be back to pre-pregnancy thickness. 

The topic of postpartum hair loss after pregnancy is not well known among most women.

This dramatic change in hair loss is not for all the post pregnant women. Though, among those who do, it is more obvious in women with longer hair.

Can this Postpartum hair loss after Pregnancy  be prevented or stopped?

The hair loss during post pregnancy that happens can’t be stopped right away, but you can definitely minimize the problem by experimenting with different hairstyles, haircuts and hair products. Postpartum Hair loss after pregnancy since it is a new experience for most women can be traumatic.

A blunt type of bob cut gives the appearance of thicker and fuller hair.  A shorter hair style can be easier to take care of when there is a new baby in the house and you are struggling for time.

Moreover, strands of long hair can curl around your baby’s tiny fingers, toes, wrists, ankles etc. If wrapped tightly these can be very painful for her. Your getting a shorter hair cut will make life easier for your young one too.

Also there are different types of good products available in the market that helps in giving an illusion of a thicker hair. You can talk to your stylist about any of these and get a new look.

What is PCOS in women?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.   Hair loss or thinning hair in women could be a sign of PCOS.  This hormonal disorder can also affect fertility.

According to the National Women’s Health Information Center about 6 million women in the United States may have the symptoms.

What causes PCOS in women?  High levels of androgens are produced by women who have PCOS.  

Androgens are male hormones and when these are found in women they have adverse effects.  

The most common is androgenetic alopecia or female hair loss. Males usually lose hair in their crown areas whereas women do not tend to show a pattern of hair loss at the crown.

Some common symptoms of PCOS are pelvic pain, infertility and abnormal menstrual periods. 

Weight gain around the stomach and skin conditions are all visible. Some women get acne, dark think skin around the top of their arms and skin tags.  

Most women also develop body hair due to the higher levels of male hormones produced by the body. I

n contrast, they may start to lose hair on their scalp and hair becomes very thin and tends to fall out easily. There are few ways to treat Postpartum hair loss after pregnancy.


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