Congratulations on your bundle of joy! There must be a million and one thoughts running through your head as you experience this new change in your life. If one of those thoughts happen to be why your hair is shedding, you’re not alone and it is not uncommon. It is called Postpartum Hair Loss, the sudden shedding that many new mothers experience between three and six months after they give birth.
If you were excited about a spurt in hair growth during your pregnancy, the hair loss you may experience after is the reverse effect. Your hormones are dropping back to a normal and that may mean a number of physical changes for you including lots of shedded hair. If you’re breastfeeding, the side effect may not show up until you stop and switch to a formula. But, rest assured that once your body adjusts, so should your hair.
What You Can Do About It
Restock those vitamins! And, be sure that you continue to take them daily. When caring your tresses, be very gentle. Wash only when necessary and always follow up with a nutrient-rich conditioner. When detangling or styling, use a wide-tooth comb and keep in mind during this fragile state, tight do’s are don’ts. If you can, stay away from excessive blow-drying and straightening, in addition to chemically-based treatments (dyes, perms, relaxers) as this can contribute to heat and chemical damage.
If you do your best to maintain all aspects of your health and hair care, yet you’re still worried … keep a journal of your symptoms. Keep track of what vitamins and supplements you’re taking, what foods you are consuming and the level of hair shedding you notice. Recording these things will be able to help determine if this is just a phase of the post-partum period, or if it’s something more such as post-partum thyroiditis.
If you or a loved one thinks you are experiencing this, connect with us for a one-on-one consultation.