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With all the other changes your body goes through after having a baby, you think you’ve seen it all. That is, until you start seeing clumps of hair in the drain, in your hairbrush and on your pillow in the morning.
When her baby was about three months old, Circle of Moms member Suzie S. noticed her hair was “falling out in heaps.” She told other Circle of Moms members that even though she thought it was probably “a hormonal thing” that would get better, she was scared.
Many moms are disturbed when they start noticing postpartum hair loss, but it’s actually a very common occurrence, assures Circle Moms member Lorraine M., whose sister is a hairdresser and sees it all the time. Here are some of the most questions moms ask about this hair-raising experience.
Question 1: Since my baby was born, I’ve lost a ton of hair. What’s going on?
Suzie and all the other moms who figure hormones are to blame are right. According to WhattoExpect.com, it’s the price you pay for that lush hair during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones — particularly elevated levels of estrogen — prevent you from losing the nearly 100 hairs a day you would typically shed. When those pregnancy hormones begin to drop, so does the extra hair.
Many moms, including Carly S., want to know: “How long does it usually last?”
Post-partum hair loss typically begins between 2 and 3 months after having a baby, but how long it lasts is more variable. Many members said they continued to lose some hair for up to six months. Some moms, like Anna M., were still losing hair when their babies were over a year old.
Question 3: It’s been months and I’m still losing my hair in chunks. Is this normal?
It may be normal, especially if you have long hair, but if it’s concerning you, it’s definitely worth getting checked out. As Circle of Moms member Amanda H. points out, excessive hair loss can also be a sign of thyroid problems.
Question 4: Can I do anything to fix this?
While there’s nothing you can do to stop your hair from falling out, there are ways to make it less noticeable.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Lilliana B. suggests you continue taking your prenatal vitamins, while others say that simply eating well can help keep your remaining hair healthy.
- Use a scalp-healthy shampoo. Denelle D., who is a hairstylist and a mom, has dealt with postpartum hair loss personally and professionally. She says it’s important to use a shampoo that helps "support the hair you haven’t lost.” More than a few moms mention Nioxin Shampoo and Scalp Therapy as a product that has helped strengthen their hair and promote new growth.
- Consider a new hairstyle. A haircut won’t stop the shedding, but it might make it less noticeable and make you feel better about yourself.
Question 5: What else should I keep in mind as I lose my hair?
One very important thing that new moms overlook is that losing your hair doesn’t just affect you. Aside from the obvious need to keep cleaning out the drain, there are safety considerations, too.
When new mom Andrea L. joined the lament about hair loss, she pointed out that she is “constantly picking it off my baby and it gets wrapped around her tiny fingers.” Keep an eye out for those loose strands. In a worst case scenario, a tightly wrapped hair can cut off circulation.
The preceding information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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