Postpartum Hair Loss: What You Need To Know

Post-Partum Hair Loss What You Need To Know
What is postpartum hair loss?
During pregnancy, moms will have their hair at its healthiest. Pregnant women often get that shiny long and beautiful thick hair due to having extremely high estrogen levels. Your body goes through a lot of changes at this stage and you’re feeling a lot happier and excited about the coming of your little one. Additionally, taking prenatal supplements help keep soon-to-be-moms healthy inside and out.
After giving birth, moms go through a dramatic drop in hormone levels. Your body will once again go through a series of changes that can contribute to your postpartum symptoms. You might experience common symptoms like significant mood changes, headaches, abdominal cramps, night sweats and the most dreaded postpartum hair loss.
Many new moms experience hair falling out in clumps or hairline baldness usually a few months after giving birth. This condition can be extremely depressing and daunting but it is a normal part of the post-pregnancy period. Some moms may experience more hair shedding than others and some may have to endure this problem longer.
Although there are no proven ways to prevent this from happening, the good news is this condition is not permanent and your hair will eventually grow back. In most cases, women will regain their hair to its full thickness around the time their child turns one or even earlier.
SuperMom is here to help! We go over some hair care ideas to help you to deal with post-partum hair loss.

Take Supplements

taking supplements for post-partum hairloss

Before taking any supplements, make sure to consult with your healthcare professional to make sure that it’s safe for yourself and your baby, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Some have been advised to take their prenatal supplements to get the vitamins your body needs. It has also been observed that taking oral supplements with biotin and collagen can cause an improvement in hair growth rate.

Eat a Healthy Diet and Stay Hydrated

healthy diet and stay hydrated for post-partum hairloss

Eating foods that are rich in vitamins D, E and C, iron, biotin and omega-3 fatty acids are scientifically proven to help promote healthy hair growth. Some of these foods include salmon, spinach and eggs. Drinking water is also the best way to keep your body hydrated. Severe dehydration can leave your hair thirsty too which can result in dry and brittle hair that can break off easily. Getting the right nutrition and proper hydration can keep your hair healthy.

Get The Right Shampoo

use the right shampoo for post-partum hairloss

This is more like a trial and error for most moms. Because what works for other moms, may not work for you. Make sure to test out one shampoo and observe how your hair reacts to it before deciding to stick with it or switch to a new one. It is best to avoid hair products that weigh down your hair or is too heavy or harsh. Some moms recommend shampoos that have biotin and/or collagen.

Massage Your Scalp

Research shows that scalp massages stimulate the follicles to produce thicker and healthier hair. You can apply Moroccan or coconut oil to massage your scalp. You can use your fingertips and gently work the oil into your scalp applying light to medium pressure. You can also use rubber massagers or brushes on your scalp.

Avoid Putting Too Much Stress on Your Hair

don't stress your hair

Your hair will be prone to breakage. Putting your hair under physical stress can contribute to more hair shedding. Pulling the hair into tight knots or buns will result in hair getting pulled out of the roots. Use coil hair ties to prevent getting your hair snagged or pulled. You can also stop roughing up a towel to dry your hair, instead, use a microfiber hair turban to absorb excess moisture. Invest in a good wet brush to save your fragile hair from tugging or ripping. Avoid heat styling your hair as much as possible.

The Bottom Line

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming. You might feel that you need to focus all your time in taking care of your baby and their needs. Oftentimes, we forget that moms have been going through a lot of things as well. Moms deserve to be treated some TLC and get much-needed rest too.
If you still experience losing more hair than usual after your baby’s first birthday, talk with your doctor about testing for nutritional deficiencies or ask about prescription medications for hair loss.

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