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Postpartum Hair Loss

Are you experiencing hair loss after giving birth to a newborn? If so, you aren’t alone. Many women experience this phenomenon in the months following their pregnancy. Read to find out more on postpartum hair loss, and what typical cases look like.

Why am I losing hair after giving birth? 

During the nine months of pregnancy, the estrogen and progesterone in your body are produced at accelerated levels. During the first trimester, the sudden increase in estrogen is responsible for the nausea typically associated with pregnancy. In the second trimester, these hormones play a crucial role in the development of milk ducts and enlarged breasts.

An unexpected side effect of the increased estrogen and progesterone is that these chemicals also cause women’s hair to grow rapidly. The hair that grows during pregnancy is often more thick and lustrous than the hair that grows normally.

In the months following childbirth, hormones begin to level out. For approximately three months afterwards, your hair will remain in a state of rest. This is what causes hairs to fall out before new growth shows itself. Typically, regrowth begins as thin bangs around the hairline.

How Much Postpartum Hair Loss is Typical? 

Typical postpartum hair loss is about five times more accelerated than normal hair loss. Typically, we lose about 80 hairs throughout the day. New mothers often shed up to 400 hairs per day. This means you may notice more hairs staying on your pillow or clogging up the shower drain. Hair loss normally returns to normal amounts about six months following pregnancy. If the shedding has not slowed by then, it may be time to speak to a doctor, as other health issues may be at play.

What Can I Do to Prevent Hair Loss?

Caring for a newborn is inherently stressful. Although there is no way to stop postpartum hair loss completely, there are some things you can do to mitigate the condition. First and foremost, monitor your intake of zinc, vitamin D, and iron. These vitamins all play a role in healthy hair production. Second, do everything you can to mitigate stress. Having a baby is inherently stressful work, but avoiding extended hours of stress will do a lot to help your body heal after a pregnancy.

If your postpartum hair loss leaves you with permanent thin patches, it may be time to consider scalp micropigmentation, a permanent hair loss solution. Contact Hairline Ink today at (585) 318-2794 to learn more.

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