Victim of Postpartum Hair Loss? Deal With It, Without Losing Your Mind.

Victim of Postpartum Hair Loss? Deal With It, Without Losing Your Mind.

Victim of Postpartum Hair Loss? Deal With It, Without Losing Your Mind.

Hair woes start attacking you ruthlessly as soon as you give birth to your little munchkin. And naturally, you get upset due to your deteriorating hair health. But trust us on this. This is completely temporary and this will pass soon. So dear moms, hold on and don’t lose your heart. In this article, we will talk about the changes you may spot in your hair, what causes them, and how to prevent them as well. Read on.

Hormonal Changes After Delivery 

The first thing that we need to tell you in this regard is that your hormonal changes and imbalances are responsible for almost all the troubles related to skin and hair that you face. Right after your delivery, the levels of Estrogen and Progesterone drop dramatically, the same hormones the levels of which shot up significantly during your pregnancy. As a result, you may develop postpartum depression, popularly known as the "baby blues," which includes mood fluctuations, irritability, anxiety, sadness, and other symptoms. These however can vanish in a week.

On the other hand, Oxytocin, popularly known as the "bonding hormone," surges after birth. This affects your mothering behavior, and you can assess what is good for your child and what isn't, among other things. An increase in oxytocin can also help to alleviate anxiety. Prolactin levels rise when breast milk supply improves. Finally, giving birth can interfere with thyroid hormones, which are essential for metabolism, body temperature regulation, and organ function.

Postpartum Hair Fall 

Perhaps, the first thing that came to your mind when I mentioned ‘hair woes’ is hair fall. Tired of looking at those strands of hair on the comb every time you comb them? Or is your pillow full of hair right after you wake up? And what about the towel that you use to dry your hair after taking a shower? The falling strands just do not seem to leave you, as if they have fallen in love with you. Haha! Jokes apart, postpartum hair fall is the most common issue moms face after pregnancy. This is absolutely normal and will leave you after a few months. This is not hair loss in the true sense and dermatologists call this condition excessive hair shedding. They also refer to it as ‘Postpartum Telogen Effluvium’. Let’s have a look at what exactly causes postpartum hair fall and other facts about the same. 

What Causes Postpartum Hair Fall? 

As aforementioned, your hormones are the culprit behind your postpartum hair fall. Normally, around 85-95% of the hair on your head is growing actively whereas the leftover 5-15% is at a resting stage. This hair falls out mostly at the time of shampooing or combing and is replaced by new hair over time. The average woman loses approximately 100 hairs per day. Basically, during your pregnancy, the raised levels of Estrogen prevent the normal falling of your hair. And thus, the hair that you were supposed to lose normally, doesn’t fall out at the usual rate. And, to add to this, your increased blood volume and circulation exacerbate the effect, causing your hair to fall out less than usual.  As a result, once your baby is born and your hormone levels drop, your hair compensates by falling out in much larger clumps than usual. Your hair loss is probably not more than you would have lost during the previous nine months; it only appears that way because it's all happening at once.

When does Postpartum Hair Fall Start?  

Postpartum hair fall can begin as soon as your baby is born and can last up to a year. Postpartum hair fall generally hits its peak around the time your baby is 3-4 months old. So, by the time you celebrate your baby’s first birthday, your hair should be back to the way it used to be before. So moms, calm down. But if you still continue to lose strands of hair, you need to consult a dermatologist. 

How to Minimize Postpartum Hair Fall? 

Although postpartum hair loss is very normal, and you cannot avoid it, there are still a few things that you can do about it.

1. Eat Good 

Getting the right amount of nutrients is the best way of ensuring good hair and skin health. Remember, what you eat gets reflected on your skin and hair. Include a plethora of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and proteins to get healthy hair. Have iron and Vitamin C-rich foods such as dark green leafy veggies, carrots, eggs, etc. Start taking vitamin supplements, but consult your doctor before that. 

2. Say No to Heat and Styling 

Avoiding the use of heat on your hair is the best thing that you will do to it. Stop using blow-dryers, flat-irons, and curlers if possible. These may make your hair look thinner. Dryness, and Knotting makes it even worse. Air-dry your hair. 

3. Be Gentle on Your Hair

Be as gentle and lovable to your hair as possible to prevent them from falling out. Use a mild sulfate free shampoo, and only when needed. Follow it up with a gentle conditioner. Use combs with wide teeth to detangle your hair. Refrain from brushing your hair harshly. This may cause it to fall out in larger clumps, so be gentle and just brush once a day. Also, don’t tie your hair into tight ponytails.  

4. Talk to Your Dermatologist 

Hair loss after pregnancy could also be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis if it's coupled with other symptoms. Thus, consult your doctor if the need arises. 

FAQs

1. Does it affect everyone?

Postpartum hair loss is also known as Telogen Effluvium or Postpartum Alopecia is relatively common. Around 70-85% of moms experience this issue after childbirth. 

2. Will my hair texture change afterwards?

Hair loss and thinning after childbirth is a common, albeit unappealing, postpartum side effect.  Most mom's hair textures will return to normal, while other mom's hair textures may be permanently altered. Few mothers also complain of curly hair turning straight.

3. Will my hair grow back to its normal level?

Yes, by the time your baby turns one your hair is likely to go back to its normal level. Consult a dermatologist if it does not. 

4. Is there any treatment or hair care regime that can help me?

Postpartum hair loss is unavoidable. It's a natural component of the postpartum recovery process. There are no treatments available to cure telogen effluvium or accelerate fresh hair growth. A healthy and balanced diet is recommended by doctors. Use Sulfate Free shampoo and volumizing shampoo to take care of your dry hair. Use natural shampoo designed for fine hair. Use moisturising conditioner that does not weight your hair down.

Key Takeaways 

Postpartum hair woes are troubling you as much as they can. But like we said earlier, they will go away too. Don’t stress out much about this because your little munchkin is already giving you stress (thanks to late-night breastfeeding, diaper changing, etc.). Now that you have finally met your baby, it’s time for you to enjoy motherhood at its fullest without any sorrow in your heart. Eat right, sleep well, and ditch the heat and chemicals and you are good to go.


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