What To Expect With Postpartum Hair Loss

Over the years, my hair has been ever changing. From being thin and wispy when I was younger, to thick and luscious whilst pregnant. So, it's a shock when your hair starts to fall out once the baby is born. And to be clear  this is normal! 

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. 

In fact, this loss will only actually happen for about 10-12 weeks and then your hair will start to pick itself back up and get growing again. Although I do remember having T and then frantically Googling hair transplant costs when my hair started falling out. It is all totally normal though and there's no need to worry about it.

There are ways you can care for your hair and scalp to help boost the blood flow and feed your roots. I found that massaging my head for a few minutes each day helped. Kin of like I was kneading bread, but on my head. 

Also, when washed, brush it gently. Wet hair can be really fragile so going carefully can stop any stray hairs coming loose and your brush ending up looking like King Kong. 

And then one of the main things - try not to overuse heated appliances on your hair. Straighteners can be the worst but even a hairdryer can cause your hair to have problems. All these appliances can dry out your hair over time, making it brittle and causing the hair loss to be worse. Let it dry naturally as much as you can, or use a heat protection spray or oil if you really do need to dry your locks. 

But most importantly I think. Drink plenty of water. Water is like the god of all liquids and not only can help your body, mind and skin, but it's great for hair too. Keeping your body hydrated will help your hair thrive and get back to do what hair does best - growing. 

All in all, hair loss after pregnancy will happen. But don't panic, take care of your hair and you'll be back to having flowing locks in no time. 


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