About postpartum hair loss
Reasons behind postpartum hair loss
Often this problem is misdiagnosed and stated to be related to breast feeding. The real cause for post pregnancy hair loss lies with a pregnancy hormone and hair growth schedule.
All hair goes through a growth period, named Anagen and then, a resting period, termed Telogen. On women’s scalp, the Anagen phase lasts for about 3 years and the Telogen goes for 3 months. This time frame varies from individuals. During the Telogen phase, the resting hair stays under the follicle until the hair from the Anagen phase push it out causing hair to fall out. Everyday shedding hair around 100 is natural for any woman.
At any point, more than 85% to 95% of our hair is going through the growth phase. During pregnancy, as the level of Estrogen goes up and so as the growth phase is prolonged resulting in putting more hair in the Anagen phase than usual. This means less hair for the resting period. That’s why women can enjoy long and thick hair during pregnancy. But as the child is born and the Estrogen level takes a tumble, therefore causing more hair to rush into the resting phase and finally, increased hair shedding. This is why the mothers experience the amplified hair loss after pregnancy.
Also women with long hair or those whose hair had grown too much during pregnancy might see more hair falling out than usual.
But not to worry, the hair will get set to the normal growth pattern within 6 months after the birth or between 6 to 12 months.
Ideas to adopt until the normal growth cycle
During pregnancy almost all women get extra thick and glowing hair. The hair becomes quite difficult to brush through. Since you’ll start losing that wonderful hair after pregnancy, might as well try something new now. Here are a few suggestions for the soon to be mothers to follow.
- New Hair Styles: Since the mothers have the hair for it, they should experiment with new hairstyles while they can.
- Short Hairstyles: For those new mothers with long hair fade up with scooping hair bundles from bathroom stands and shower drain, short hairstyles could be something relaxing and new. Also it is painful see your hair falling out. A compact shortly cut hair is easy to manage and a lot less time consuming.
- Various Styling Products: This is the perfect time to try out both traditional and some natural styling products you never used to bulk up your persona. Avoid the highly chemical based ones.
Pre-Cautions to prevent postpartum hair loss
“My hair is falling out”, that’s the last thing any woman would want to worry about. Only women can understand what the new mothers go through during the postpartum hair loss phase. But just a few measures taken during pregnancy can reduce the hair fall rate to the minimum. Some effective tips are stated below.
- Healthy Diet: First and foremost is maintaining a regular healthy diet ensuring enough flow of vitamins and other minerals. Pregnant women need supplements of Biotin, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Zinc. These materials are highly effective to reduce hair loss during pregnancy and also after. To protect the scalp, the mothers need enough dosage of Flavinoids and Antioxidants.
- Hair Styles: During pregnancy the scalp gets quite delicate. So, avoid keeping long hair or any hair style that cause any downward pull or stretch on the hair. So, go for short hair cuts. Also trim the split ends which are responsible for unhealthy hair. After all that rich and glowing pregnancy hair no one wants to worry thinking, “my hair is falling out”.
- Quality Shampoos: Choose your shampoo and other hair products carefully. Shampoos containing biotin or silica can help your hair health to grow along with stimulating follicle growth.
- Avoid Heated Styling Tools: Skip curling and blow drying until the hair shedding stops.
- Avoid Stress: Having a baby takes its toll on both the body and mind. After child birth the mother becomes exposed to various stress and depression related feelings. Stress causes major hair fall and reduction in thickness.