Giving birth to a child is a wonderful and life-changing experience for every woman. For new moms there will be plenty of changes in the body that they must be aware of. One of the most common post pregnancy problems that most women face is hair loss. After giving birth, new moms will be surprised to find excessive hair loss problem than usual. Hair loss after pregnancy is a normal thing to happen and there is nothing to panic about it as everything will be back to normal after few months.
Why hair falls after pregnancy?
Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on our head is at the growing phase and the other remaining 5 to 15 percent is at the resting phase. The rule is upon completion of the resting period, hair falls out automatically while washing or brushing our hair. Here the hair that falls out is soon replaced by new ones. On average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy due to various hormonal changes in the body, the growing stage of hair is for a longer time while there are fewer hairs in the resting stage. This is why during pregnancy, women usually do not face the problem of hair fall and enjoy thicker and more luxuriant hair.
But things are not similar after giving birth. This time the hair follicles that are at the growing phase enter the resting stage resulting in excess hair loss. Almost 75% of the women experience hair loss for as long as six months after pregnancy. Also it has been found that the amount of hair loss is not similar during each pregnancy. This is mainly due to the level of hormonal changes that happens in the body during the pregnancy time.
Women can experience hair loss after pregnancy from about 6 to 12 months. However, hair fall during the postpartum period is more common amongst women with longer hair. Normally, after delivery, women can lose about 500 hair strands on a single day. Hair fall happens at this time mainly due to the fact that women’s body is nourishing the new born rather than taking care of the requiremenst of hair.
The hair loss after pregnancy is mostly noticed in the areas around the ears, close to the hairline, and near the temples. However the hair loss at this time will never cause bald patches or thinning hair for life. Your hair will become healthy within six months to a year after delivery. Soon your hair will be back to normal hair growth with some differences in the hair texture.
What can be done to stop hair fall after pregnancy?
There is simply nothing that can be done to control the hormonal changes that happen during and after pregnancy to stop hair fall. You can just adopt some ways to take care of other factors that can cause hair loss. Here are some useful tips to reduce or prevent hair loss after pregnancy.
After pregnancy your hair needs extra care. Due to the time that a woman needs to devote to take care of her baby it becomes impossible to take out time for good hair care. But there are certain small things that can be adopted such as using hair strengthening shampoos and conditioners having ingredients like biotin or silica. Also try to avoid using hair colors as they contain harsh chemicals which are not good for hair. Also comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb only. Always remember that rough handling of hair will only worsen the condition.
Your hairstyle can make a huge difference in how your hair looks. Avoid hairstyles that pull or stretch your hair as it can cause more hair fall. Also as hair loss is much more noticeable amongst women with longer hair, it is better to go for a shorter length hair style. Short length hair styles look fuller and thicker. Also shorter haircuts cause less pressure to hair follicles, which helps in controlling hair loss. Don’t style your hair tightly as it will put extra stress and trauma to your scalp and hair.
Take healthy diet:
After giving birth, breastfeeding is common. This time your body needs some extra nutrition so that you and your child remain health. So, it is essential to follow a good diet plan. Try to eat a well balanced diet so that your body gets the required amount of Vitamin B complex, vitamins E and C, zinc iron and biotin. Good nutrients will help in increasing hair strength and health. During this time never think about dieting as your body as it can be bad for you and your child’s health.
Don’t use styling tools:
Post pregnancy, it is advisable to stop using heated styling tools such as curling irons, hot rollers, flat irons and blow dryers. Such tools will make hair drier by taking away the moisture in your hair. Well moisturized hair will stay intact and healthy. After washing your hair, allow your hair to air dry and style it naturally. It will take some time but the result will be worth trying. In case, there is a need to use heated styling tools, try to use them at the lowest setting.
Keep away from stress:
Taking care of a new born is a stressful task. But you need to try to avoid additional stressful situations or feelings as it can cause more hair fall than normal. Try to create a healthy and happy environment at home to avoid emotional trauma and postnatal depression. When there will be less stress you will feel happy from inside and happiness is one of the secrets behind healthy body and healthy hair growth.
Take prenatal vitamins:
If you want to recover fast from postpartum symptoms you need to take some vitamin and mineral supplements. This is important as during and after pregnancy, your body needs extra nutrients which many a times your body does not get even after following a healthy diet. By taking supplements you can overcome such deficiencies. When taking a multivitamin make sure you are taking one that is high in zinc, manganese and vitamin B12 as deficiency in these contribute to hair loss and thinning of hair.
Activate your hair follicles:
Once your hair follicles become active your hair fall problem will reduce. You need to take out time from your busy schedule and massage your scalp for 10 to 20 minutes daily. Massage your scalp with the help of your finger tips in circular motion. Regular massage will help your scalp to receive more blood flow, which help in activating the hair follicles. For massaging you can even use some essential oils such as coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil.
Consult your doctor:
If your hair loss problem post delivery continues for more than three months, or you hair is falling in clumps, there can be some other problems too. Do blood test for hypothyroidism, a common postpartum condition that causes hair loss. Also consult your doctor for best suggestions as hair loss can even be due to some kind of health related problems. A proper check up by the doctor will make the things clear and proper precautions can be taken before it is too late.
To conclude, motherhood is a time to enjoy and there will be many new changes in your body. Be prepared for the potential changes after you become a mother and do your best to keep yourself healthy and fit.