During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to notice that your hair is thicker and more voluminous — but unfortunately, this will not last. Thicker hair during pregnancy can soon turn into a frightening postpartum experience. If you are a new mom and have experienced hair loss, no need to panic.

Here is what’s happening to your body, resulting in worrisome (but generally temporary) symptoms.

The Reason Why Your Hair Thickens, Then Falls Out

Thickening hair while pregnant is due to higher levels of estrogen, among several other hormones. These include prolactin, progesterone and oxytocin. Typically, a healthy female will lose hair every day — this is a natural process. In fact, 90 percent of your hair will be growing at any given time, whereas 10 percent will be in a resting phase.

During pregnancy, however, rising hormones reduce the amount of hair you shed. You will essentially stay in the “resting phase” for longer. By the time you approach your due date, your hair may be very thick. So, what happens after your precious bundle of joy has entered the world?

Hair Loss: What to Expect After Giving Birth

After delivery, your estrogen and progesterone levels will drop. They can even decline to normal levels within 24 hours. All that hair, giving you much-appreciated volume, will now start to fall out. This will usually begin after birth and continue for the next three to six months.

It is most common to notice thinning hair around the hairline — but you may experience hair loss in clumps. If this is the case, no need to worry. Everything should return to normal in a few months, once your body restores hormonal balance.

Helpful Tips to Consider When Experiencing Postpartum Hair Loss

Since postpartum hair loss affects between 40 and 50 percent of women, if you can relate to this experience, please consider some of the tips below.

Consume a Nutrient-Dense Diet. Although you cannot control hormonal changes, you can combat potential nutritional deficiencies — enhancing hair health and overall growth.

Eat more:

  • Antioxidant-rich foods, including sweet potatoes, blueberries and dark chocolate
  • Foods that offer B-complex vitamins, such as spinach, lentils and bananas
  • Sources of iron and zinc, including pumpkin seeds, quinoa and mushrooms

Eliminate Heat Stress. Using heat to style or curl can damage the hair follicles. Also, make sure that when you brush your hair, you use a wide-tooth comb.

You can also source quality supplements, seek a conditioning treatment or in some cases, invest in laser treatment.

If you find that you’re still losing a considerable amount of hair, up until your baby’s first birthday, then you should contact a physician and a hair loss specialist. At Transitions Hair Loss Centers, we understand that you are coping with not only being a new mom, but also with the social stigma that accompanies postpartum hair loss. To schedule a free consultation at the studio nearest you click here.


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