Hair loss after pregnancy, also known as postpartum hair loss is a common phenomenon experienced by many women and is something we see often in studio. Below we explore the causes...if it can be avoided and how to support your hair during this phase.
During pregnancy, high levels of hormones like estrogen can prolong the growth phase of hair, resulting in thick and lustrous hair. However, after giving birth, hormone levels drop significantly, causing hair to shed more than usual.
The hair loss usually occurs between three and six months after delivery, and can last up to a year. The amount of hair loss varies between women, but it is typically more noticeable around the hairline, temples, and crown of the head.
Other factors that can contribute to postpartum hair loss include stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and certain medications. In some cases, an underlying medical condition, such as thyroid problems or iron deficiency, can also cause hair loss.
What will help?
While postpartum hair loss can be distressing, it is usually temporary and does not require a particular treatment. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting enough rest, and managing stress levels can help to minimize hair loss and support healthy hair growth. If you are concerned about your hair loss, you can also speak to your doctor, naturopath or a dermatologist for advice.
While postpartum hair loss cannot be completely avoided, there are a few things you can do to minimize its effects:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Make sure to include plenty of protein, iron, and vitamins A, C, and E in your diet to support healthy hair growth. Foods with a high amount of Biotin such as organ meats, fish, seeds & nuts may also help during this time.
Take care of your hair: Avoid tight hairstyles that can pull on your hair and use a gentle shampoo and conditioner to avoid further damage.
Get enough rest: Lack of sleep can increase stress levels, which can contribute to hair loss. Make sure to get enough sleep and take breaks whenever possible.
Manage stress: Stress can also contribute to hair loss, so finding ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or exercise, can help.
Consider taking a hair supplement or nutritional support: Collagen powders, biotin (b vitamins) or folic acid, may help to support healthy hair growth.
Speak to your doctor: If you are concerned about your postpartum hair loss or suspect an underlying medical condition, speak to your doctor or naturopath for advice. They may recommend additional testing or treatment options.
Remember, postpartum hair loss is a common and temporary condition. With proper care and attention, your hair should eventually return to its normal thickness and growth pattern.