Preventing and Treating Postpartum Hair Loss

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It's not uncommon for mothers to discover their hair thinning after having a baby. The condition is called alopecia. Roughly 90% of mothers experience alopecia within 2-6 months of giving birth, though the severity varies.

Though alopecia isn't unusual, many women still find it disconcerting. The postpartum period is a time when a mother's self-confidence is often low, so hair loss can be particularly devastating. Fortunately, there is a solution.

Why Does Hair Loss Occur?

During pregnancy, the mother's levels of estrogen and progesterone rise drastically. Hair becomes thicker and more luxurious during pregnancy because it stays in the growth stage instead of cycling.

After childbirth, hormones calm down. The mother's hair moves to the resting stage for up to three months, and then it starts to fall out. The rate at which it falls out is higher because there is more hair. Normally, women lose hair at a rate of 80 strands per day. Postpartum hair loss is can be closer to 400 strands per day.

The rate of hair loss typically slows by six months postpartum. If it doesn't return to normal, there could be an underlying health condition. For example, thyroid problems can cause excessive shedding of hair. It's important to consult with a physician if hair loss continues past six months postpartum.

What to Do for Mothers Hair Loss

There are natural methods of reducing hair loss. If these prove ineffective, your healthcare provider can eliminate the possibility of an underlying health condition, then suggest alternative treatments to address the hair loss.

After having a baby, minimizing stress is a must. Stress is directly related to mothers' hair loss. It's also a good idea to consume plenty of protein to support hair growth. A multivitamin with iron, ferritin, Vitamin D, and zinc may help, too.

Finally, if you are dealing with bald spots, consider a wig or other hairpiece. These can be a fun way to disguise hair loss while experimenting with new, creative hairstyles.

Keep in mind that postpartum hair loss is temporary and hair will grow back, though it does take time. Low stress levels and good nutrition can help speed things up. If you're experiencing hair loss, at Christoffels Hair Restoration, we provide women with a diverse collection of hair loss solutions, including natural hair replacement systems.

Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers