After having a baby, you go through a LOT of changes! Overnight, it seems like your body and your lifestyle do a complete 180. But one change that completely surprised me was all of the postpartum hair loss!
About two months after my baby was born, I started to lose hair like you couldn’t believe! My showers took twice as long because I had to pull out handfuls of hair off of my fingers.
It was gross, inconvenient, and quite concerning! Why was this happening and was I going to have any hair left??? I started to worry that I was genuinely going to go bald.
But don’t worry! I didn’t go bald and things are finally going back to normal.
Keep reading to learn a little about normal hair production and why women often shed lots of hair during their first 6 months postpartum. Skip to the end to learn a few easy tips to help decrease your postpartum hair loss.
What happens during normal hair production?
Every hair on your head goes through a growing phase and a resting phase. NORMALLY, each hair spends 3 years in the growing phase and 3 months in the resting phase.
At any given time, each hair is in a different part of the cycle. And about 85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase while the remaining 5-15% of your hair is in the resting phase.
This means that most of your hair is growing and only a small percentage is resting (and therefore, shedding).
What happens to your hair during pregnancy?
During PREGNANCY, your hormones change. Because of this, your hair will shift and an abnormally high amount of your hair will be in
For this reason, most women shed much less during pregnancy and also have nice thick locks throughout their pregnancy.
But don’t expect these new locks to stay forever! Postpartum hair loss is right around the corner.
What causes postpartum hair loss?
After your baby is born, your hormones shift once again. This shift causes an abnormal amount of hair to switch to the resting phase, which also causes
Postpartum hair loss is the highest during the first 6 months after your baby is born and usually peaks around 3 months. Then it tapers off and returns to it’s normal cycle.
I know it’s normal. But what can I do to stop postpartum hair loss??
Yes, postpartum hair loss is normal, so there’s nothing that you can do to completely stop it. However, there are a few ways you can decrease it and make things easier.
*Make sure you’re eating lots of protein because this will stimulate your hair growth. As an added perk, it can also help if you’re struggling with low milk supply!
*Use a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. Again, this won’t stop postpartum hair loss, but it can strengthen your hair strands and stimulate hair growth.
*Keep taking your pre-natal vitamin. These are packed with all of the great vitamins and nutrients that tell your hair and nails to grow super fast.
*Apply shampoo normally, but only apply conditioner to the roots of your hair. This will decrease the amount of pulling on your roots, which will help decrease hair loss.
*Brush your hair before showering. This won’t help stop postpartum hair loss, but it will decrease the amount of hair clumps you have to worry about in the shower.
*Get a haircut. Again, this won’t stop postpartum hair loss, but it can make life easier during these months. Now’s a great time to rock a shorter hairstyle.