POSTPARTUM HAIR-LOSS - WHEN "THE PREGNANCY GLOW" LEAVES

Hair-loss after birth is very common and I've seen many mothers worry that they are losing hair due to breastfeeding. I too was beginning to worry when my hair started falling out in clumps.

Luckily, your usual hair growth cycle should return by 6 to 12 months after birth.

The hair-loss mothers experience after birth is however not caused by breastfeeding. It is due to pregnancy and more specifically the hormone changes after giving birth.

Throughout your life your hair goes through natural cycles of growth (anagen phase) and resting (telogen phase). During pregnancy the hormones cause a larger percentage of your hair to go into the growth phase and you thus retain all the hair you would normally have shed, as well as gaining hair from the growth phase.

That is why pregnant women usually have "the glow" with their hair being very voluminous and looking amazing. You may have noticed that your hair also grew quicker during pregnancy.

Around 3 months after birth the hair-loss usually start and now you will notice it more than usual because all that hair that gave you "the glow" now starts to fall out.

Luckily, your usual hair growth cycle should return by 6 to 12 months after birth.

However, if you are very concerned and your normal growth cycle has not returned after a year, you can go see your doctor to rule out any other underlying conditions such as hypothyroidism or iron-deficiency anemia.

My hair-loss started around 3 months and lasted until 6 months. I found that coming out all the loose hairs a couple of times a day helped with the problem of my long hairs getting tangled in my little girl's hands or ending up everywhere.

I also applied a hair treatment, switched to a shampoo and conditioner for damage prone hair, went for a haircut (they say the vigorous wash and cutting the ends help) and I made sure to continue drinking my pregnancy vitamins.

Additional Information:

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/hairloss/