Pregnancy and child birth come with a massive amount of change to your body. While often there’s a lot of focus on the changes that occur during pregnancy, post-partum is filled with its own set of changes to the body as well. Pregnancy does mean giving birth, so it’s only natural that there be quite a bit going on internally with your body. Hair loss is a common change that women experience during this time. So that you’re prepared we’re sharing what you need to know about post-partum hair loss:
It’s Typically Not Permanent
We know that anytime you begin experience hair loss for any reason, there’s a fear that it could be a permanent thing. However, many experts in post-partum say that it’s rare that women experience permanent hair loss that begins during the post-partum time. In general, women who do experience hair loss during post-partum will notice the shedding occurring 3-6 months (or so) after their delivery. It’s typically not something you’ll notice right after giving birth, but can experience after a couple of months. While it’s typically not something that’s permanent, after experiencing hair loss it can take a while to get your hair back to feeling normal again (depending on the length of your hair when it begins).
It’s Because of Hormonal Changes
It’s no secret that pregnancy comes with a vast variety of hormones and changes to your hormones. Many women notice that their hair grows quickly and looks great during pregnancy because of those hormonal changes, but the post-partum hair loss can come from different changes in hormones. Since the child birthing process has such a huge drop/change in hormones right after having the baby, the sudden and drastic change is really what’s causing that hair loss to be triggered.
It’s Important to Keep A Healthy Hair Routine
Even when you’re experiencing hair loss post-partum it’s essential to make sure that you’re following a healthy hair care routine. Using thickening/volumizing hair care products can help to keep your hair healthy and promote the growth of it to be much stronger. Adjust your hair care products and routines to your hair as it changes to make sure that you’re keeping it healthy and not overdoing it with any products/tools.
It’s Completely Normal
Hair loss isn’t the most common side effect of post-partum that’s discussed, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not a common one. Truthfully, more women experience hair loss post-partum than you probably realize. Understanding that it’s completely normal can be reassuring, especially because hair loss of any kind can feel abnormal and a bit scary at first. However, if you do notice that you’re experiencing hair loss well into a year after you’ve given birth you may want to talk to your medical professional to make sure everything is ok.
Remember your body is/was going through a lot of changes throughout the pregnancy process and you’re not alone in post-partum hair loss!