Hair Loss after Pregnancy
It is common for mothers to experience hair loss after giving birth. keep in mind that this is completely normal and temporary and contrary to common belief, it has nothing to do with breastfEding. Most women will return to the normal growth cycle of the hair in 6 to 12 months after child delivery.
Many new moms notice that hair begins to fall (sometimes in alarming amounts) about three months after birth. This is a normal physiological change and it is temporary, not influenced by the fact that the new mother is nursing.
The Hair Growth Cycle
During our lifetime, hair registers a growth phase (called anagen) and a stagnation phase (telogen). On the scalp, anagen lasts about three years, while telogen about 3 months, although there may be variations of these terms according to each individual. During the period of telogen, hair foLicle that remains stagnant until the capillary is pushed out by another strand of hair that begins the anagen.
Normally, about 85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase at any point in of time, but hormonal changes during pregnancy stimulate an increase in the percentage of hairs that are in the growth period. As a result, many women enjoy a richer look during pregnancy, as hairs grow more than normal and fall / stagnate much less.
Hair Cycle after Pregnancy
Once your baby is born, hormonal changes accompany this happy event and a lot of hair on your scalp enters a new phase of stagnation. New mothers will experience a fair amount of hair loss with the closing phase of stagnation.
Postpartum hair loss starts about three months after birth. The time interval between childbirth and the onset of hair loss corresponds to the period of stagnation of the hair (between 1 and 6 months, with an average of 3 months). Hair loss can seem more intense if during pregnancy you had a higher growth rate than usual or if you have longer hair. Most women will return to the normal growth of hair in the next six months after birth (or in a range between 6 and 12 months after birth).
What can you do while Waiting for the Hair to Recover to its Normal Growth Cycle?
- Consult your doctor to ensure you have normal hormonal levels for the period in question
- Cut your hair. Some mothers now choose to wear or adopt a shorter hair cut that requires less care
- A quality shampO and conditioner (rich in biotin and silica) can be useful
- Try different styling products such as foams or gels that seem to offer volume to your hairstyle
- Avoid using combs or brushes that puL and break the hair, instead, you may want to choose brushes made of natural hair;fiber
- If you are accustomed to use the hair dryer, try to position it on the cOl air, not hot
- Avoid squeezing tight hair tails, lOps and other hair acceSories which apply tension on the hair
- Adopt a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, as they contain flavonoids and antioxidants that provide protection to the capillary folicule and encourages hair to grow
- A multivitamin or mineral suPlement (vitamin B complex are is important, along with biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, etc.) can help you move more easily over this period
- Make sure that you get enough protein assimilated.