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Post-Partum | Pregnancy Hair Loss

Being pregnant can have its pros and cons according to your hair, depending which stage you are in you're either enjoying the growth or dreading the shedding. Pregnancy comes with its share of anxiety, stress, and lifestyle changes that can affect hair growth.

Can You Experience Hair Loss during Pregnancy? This type of alopecia is non scarring, therefore the hair will eventually grow back. Generally, you'll shed a few hairs and notice that your hair is thicker and much fuller towards the second or third trimester. This is due to the increase in your estrogen levels, allowing your hair to stay in its growing [anagen] phase much longer than usual. Plus, everyone’s hair follicles don’t have the same level of sensitivity. That's why it's difficult to estimate if you'll have the same reactions as someone else would. Pregnancies also differ from each other. Your hair may look awesome for your first pregnancy and look different in your next one. But no matter the hair issues you struggle with as a result of your pregnancy, nothing about the hair phase lasts always... What Causes Post-Partum Hair Loss? 1. You will experience this form of hair loss within 6-8 months after delivery 2. Your pregnancy hormones help to keep your hairs in place when you’re pregnant -- leaving your hair fuller and thicker.

3. The average person loses about 100 hairs a day, but it doesn’t happen all at once. But at the end of your pregnancy, your estrogen levels go back to their normal state and the hairs that were locked in place will shed all at once. Keep This in Mind about Your Postpartum-Induced Hair Relax, you're not going bald. Your hair is just returning to its normal state. If you're breastfeeding, some of your extra hair will still stay on your scalp until you start to supplement your baby’s foods with formulas or solids. Whether you’re nursing your baby or not, you should stay calm. By the time your baby is ready to blow out the candles on that first birthday cake, your hair loss period will be over.

The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Post-Partum Hair.

  • Maintain a nutritious diet and a regular intake of your prenatal vitamins to keep your hair healthy during pregnancy.

  • Be extra gentle to your hair during pregnancy to prevent excess hair loss after childbirth.

  • Shampoo only when necessary with a healthy conditioner and a wide-toothed comb to reduce tangling.

  • Use soft scrunches instead of rubber bands for your hair and avoid pulling your hair into tight ponytails.

  • Skip blow-dryers and curling irons [if you can] and avoid any chemical-based treatments [highlights, perms, etc.] until the shedding stops.

  • Talk to your trichologist or scalp specialist to get better, tailored information based on your health history.

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