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Ways to Tackle Postpartum Hair Loss

By MomMed | 27 July 2022 | 0 Comments



The journey of pregnancy and giving birth comes with challenges that vary for everyone. The prodigious feelings of motherhood face even more changes than those during the pregnancy period. The postpartum period is the time when hormonal, uterine, and ovarian changes tend to come back to normal and the non-pregnancy phase.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your hair healthy and intact after becoming stepping into the postpartum hair loss phase.
The body takes time to adapt to all the changes that are caused by the fluctuating level of hormones. You are not alone as almost every new mom in this world goes through postpartum hair loss and clinically it is normal to have hair loss after giving birth.

 

The Pattern of Postpartum Hair Loss:

Every postpartum mother faces hair loss in one way or another and if so, the pattern can differentiate surprisingly. You may start noticing the fine clumps of hair during the third to the fourth month after childbirth. Postpartum hair loss is more prominent if you have grown comparatively much more dense and thick hair during pregnancy.
 

Hair loss can be comparatively more if you have long hair.

The process and duration can be different for every woman.

Some mothers even do not face any hair loss during the postpartum period.


Why Do You Face Postpartum Hair loss?

New mommies go through many changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period. One of the biggest reasons for pregnancy and postpartum hair loss is hormonal change.

High levels of estrogen cause less hair loss during pregnancy. Moreover, blood circulation also increases during pregnancy. It prevents hair from falling and increases the amount of hair in the growth phase. Normally, hair falls daily but changes in hormones and low levels of estrogen after birth causes hair loss which is depicted to be a normal process by dermatologists.

The hair loss can start from the 4th or 5th month your baby arrives and it can last approximately one year after birth. Before your postpartum period starts, you can take preventive measures, and different remedies to minimize it.
 

How to Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss

“Prevention is better than cure” doesn’t stand 100% correct when it comes to post-partum hair loss because you cannot prevent it completely. However, taking the following measures can help minimize it.

Healthy Diet:
The maintenance of biotin (necessary for keratin, a hair protein) in the diet is necessary. Besides preventing hair loss, the daily biotin will give a silky and shiny look to your postpartum hair. Since estrogen hormone decline causes postpartum hair loss, supplementing your diet with nuts and multi-grains can help deal with it. Moreover, add the following things frequently to your diet:

Fresh fruits

Grains

Vegetables
 
Use of Supplements and Vitamins:
The use of regular supplements is often prescribed by doctors during pregnancy. Careful intake of supplements and vitamins should be maintained during the postpartum period too. These vitamins provide accessory support to the body and help prevent your hair's health. Following vitamins are necessary to take during the postpartum period:

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Zinc

Vitamin B complexes (Biotin)

Iron
 

Regular Exercise:

Regular exercise and yoga can help maintain your hormonal balance. This is the key to preventing postpartum hair loss. By keeping a check on the hormonal balance, the hair loss problem can be minimized.


 
Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

Every woman does not face hair loss in her postpartum period. The changes become significant and prominent when you have long and thick hair. Due to high blood volume in pregnancy, the hair thickens and becomes quantitatively strong but when blood volume goes down in the postpartum period, the hair starts falling.
 

Be Easy on Hair:

Be gentle and kind with your hair during the postpartum period. The hormonal changes make your hair roots weak, and it causes an empty hand full of fine tufts of hair. Don't be harsh with your hair in this scenario. Comb them lightly and don't go for tough and straining hairstyles.
 

Reduce Hair Gadget Use:

Modern mommies love styling hair, that's why different gadgets are introduced, but it's time to say no to these gadgets, especially during the postpartum hair loss phase. The following gadget should be avoided:

Straightener

Curler

Heat dryer

These heat-delivering gadgets can impose potential damage to the health of your hair.
 

Avoid Chemical Hair Treatments:

Avoid applying different dyes, straightening chemicals, and other harsh treatments on your hair. Use organic products and keep them as simple as they are. Use home remedies rather than going for artificial hair products.
 

Choose Right Hair Accessories:

Try not to use ponytails and bands on your hair. Use scrunches to capture your hair and if the binding is necessary, use a loose pony. Tight ponytails stretch the hair and it will cause additional hair loss. Don’t pull hair tightly in the postpartum hair loss period.

Reduce Stress:
After seeing the damaged postpartum hair, most mothers get stressed and even depressed about their hair. As many of them already face mood swings due to hormonal changes, the stress can become alarming. Try to keep yourself calm by regular meditation and light exercise. More stress can lead to even more hair loss.


The Takeaway Message:

Although it takes time for your body to come back to its routine regulatory mechanism postpartum, new mommies are usually so much concerned about the baby that they neglect their selves.

Postpartum hair loss is normal, and there is nothing that can potentially stop or reverse it. However, some measures can be taken to maintain the health of your hair so that minimum hair loss occurs.

Therefore, it is important to keep a check on your well-being as well to avoid excessive postpartum hair loss.
So, worry less and enjoy your motherhood. Things are certainly going to rebalance themselves eventually!

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