Many woman suffer from post pregnancy hair loss. For some, this phenomenon starts right after birth and for some up to 3-4 months after. In any case post pregnancy hair loss is a phenomenon that can last several months up to a year.
Why does post pregnancy hair loss occur?
During pregnancy the hair follicles are in a period of very active growth, due to the hormones flooding the woman’s body. For this reason many woman enjoy full lustrous hair during pregnancy, that is thick, doesn’t shed and grows rapidly. After birth, when the body returns to function in a normal hormonal state, the hair follicles go to rest mode, in this state it is common to see above average hair loss, thinner and weaker hair.
Many woman who breast feed suffer less from this phenomenon, because the breast feeding process allows a more gradual return of the body to routine.
Since after birth woman are usually more tired, and often suffer sleep deprivation, unbalanced nutrition and some time depression and mood swings, these can all increase hair loss, and that’s is why many woman suffer hair loss to the extent where they lose large and multiple patches of hair.
Post pregnancy hair loss- possible solutions
Despite the phenomenon of post pregnancy hair loss being a natural result of hormonal changes, there are several more factors which could increase the magnitude and time period of the hair loss. One of the main factor is nutrition. The pregnancy period is characterized not only by hormonal changes but also by an increased consumption of vital substances present in the body such as vitamins and minerals and a thinning down of the reserves of these substances in the body. It is well documented that nutrition plays a pivotal role in our physical and psychological well being, and also to hair health and quality, so it’s no wonder that nutritional deficiencies after birth can make the hair loss worse and turn it into a serious problem – hair may fall off very rapidly and for more than the expected time period and the chances increase that it won’t restore to its density pre-pregnancy.
Regaining the body’s vital substances through proper nutrition is therefore very important to the quality and well being of the hair and to restore the body system’s natural balance which was shaken due to the pregnancy and birth. This nutrition change can reduce post pregnancy hair loss and it included cutting down on industrial and un nourishing foods, and increasing the amount of vitamin mineral and protein rich foods important to hair health such as- fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products. To build a balanced and nutritious diet, it’s recommend to see a professional dietitian, which can build a customized optimal menu, and recommend food supplements if needed.
Asides from proper nutrition, there are other means of dealing with post pregnancy hair loss. Generally, hair should be treated with extra tenderness and caution, meaning drying it gently with a towel after a wash, brushing it gently with a soft brush, and using hair products containing more nutritious and natural elements rather than chemical and toxic. Adopting a loose hair-do and put dyes and hair straightening on hold, as well as any other manipulations until the hair loss seems to have subsided. Also, messaging the scalp to encourage blood flow and treatment of the hair and scalp with natural masks is also recommended.
When should post pregnancy hair loss be treated medically?
in some cases of post pregnancy hair loss which consist longer than expected (more than a year after birth) or when there are extreme changes to hair thickness and density, it is recommend to consult a dermatologist, and at the same time try and create as stress free an environment as possible, seeing as mental stress can worsen the condition dramatically.