20/12/2021 0 Comments
Postpartum Hair Loss. What Is It & Should You Be Worried?
It’s estimated that 90% of mums will have to deal with some type of hair loss after giving birth. This particularly frustrating side effect of pregnancy is referred to as postpartum alopecia or postpartum telogen effluvium.
The good news is that some hair loss post-pregnancy is perfectly normal. Most women report noticing a little extra shedding during hair brushing or shampooing. It’s perfectly natural to wonder why this is happening and to wonder if you should be concerned.
Why does hair loss occur post-pregnancy?
The reason new moms begin to shed hair is due to the hormone changes throughout pregnancy. On a woman’s head, about 85% to 95% of the hair is actively growing. The remaining 15% to 5% is in the resting phase. When this phase runs its course the hair falls out. This usually amounts to shedding about 100 hairs a day. This is a completely natural process that all healthy hair goes through.
While pregnant, a woman’s estrogen levels are elevated. An elevated estrogen level prolongs the growth phase of the hair. This is one of the reason’s women report having thicker hair while pregnant.
After giving birth oestrogen levels drop. Therefore more hair than usual enters the resting phase so vis-à-vis more hair begins to fall out. Hair begins to fall out about 5 months after giving birth.
What is a normal level of Postpartum hair loss?
Postpartum hair loss varies between women. While most mothers will experience some type of hair loss, many will barely notice the change. Postpartum hair loss usually only lasts 3 months
If you feel your hair loss is excessive or lasting longer than normal, we recommend contacting a health care professional. Excessive hair loss post-pregnancy can be a symptom of conditions like anaemia or postpartum thyroiditis. Both these conditions are treatable and are not cause for any undue alarm.
Can I Treat Postpartum Hair Loss?
As stated, postpartum hair loss is extremely common and in most instances will take care of itself. However, to minimise the appearance of hair loss it may be wise to become more discerning with your hair products.
Volumising Shampoo can help make the hair appear thicker and fuller. Intensive conditioners should be avoided. The ingredients in these conditioners can weigh hair down making it appear flat. Concentrate on conditioners formulated for thinning hair.
Not sure what products are right for you, check out our hair loss products online shop or call our clinic to get the best advice possible on postpartum hair loss.