Hair loss after child birth.

As if having a baby doesn’t introduce enough changes into your life, it can also cause a startling amount of hair loss. The kind of hair loss that ends up in great clumps in your hairbrush and shower drain. And this loss doesn’t immediately follow birth, but rather kicks in—seemingly out of nowhere—at some point between one and five months postpartum (the average onset is three months after delivery). Since most new moms are already feeling hormonal and sleep-deprived, this occurrence is especially unwelcome.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Categorized in the “telogen effluvium” category of hair loss, whereby there’s a change in the number of hair follicles actually growing hair. Postpartum hair loss can be excessive and upsetting, affecting somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of women. Although the loss is temporary and will not result in permanent loss (most women notice that their hair returns to normal sometime between six and 12 months after giving birth), this can be of little comfort to a woman holding a fistful of hair in her hand or trying to style around bald patches—often at the temples and crown. And some women experience much more significant hair loss after childbirth than others. If you feel that you’re losing more hair than is normal during the postpartum period, call for a consultation today.

Is Postpartum Hair Loss Some Sort Of Cruel Joke

To understand postpartum hair loss, you may want to first think about what your hair was like during pregnancy—probably thicker and more lustrous than ever before. This is because the rapid rise in hormones (primarily estrogen and progesterone) during your pregnancy kept you from losing the normal amount of hair each day, which is around 100 hairs a day.

When your hormones return to normal levels after pregnancy, your hair may fall out all at once—making up for all the hair that wasn’t lost during your pregnancy with a mass exodus. In some postpartum women, as much as 60 percent of hair will enter the telogen resting state at once. Even though this is the process of your hair returning to its normal cycle, shedding this much hair can feel anything but normal. It’s important to note that women experiencing other reproductive events such as miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, hormonal imbalance or menopause may also suffer hair loss.

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