Most of the women cope with hair loss after delivery. Have a quick look at the common causes for post delivery hair loss and tips for coping with damaged hair after pregnancy.
Most new mothers are shocked to see hair loss occurring at a tremendous rate after delivery. This is actually quite normal and tends to fade away after a few months. There is absolutely no reason to press the panic button.
Causes of Hair Loss after Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the mother is flooded with pregnancy hormones such as estrogen. Hair undergoes two stages. The first is the growing phase. Usually, up to 85% of hair is in this stage. After this, comes the resting phase. The hair stops growing and waits to fall out. This is the case with around 15% of the hair on anyone’s head. This kind of hair fall is natural and on an average day, about 100 hairs are lost by an average woman.
During pregnancy, however, the hormones prevent the hair form undergoing the second phase or the resting phase by tremendously increasing the growing phase. Since there is no resting phase, the hair cannot fall. The hair, therefore, becomes much more luxurious and thicker. After the delivery, the hormones fade away and so does their effect on the body. The drop in estrogen levels cause more and more hair to enter the resting phase and ultimately fall out. This is all quite natural and the effect and extent of hair fall varies from woman to woman.
How to Minimise the Hair Damage?
Unfortunately, nothing can be done to prevent the loss of hair completely at this stage. This condition usually lasts for around a maximum of six months. After that, your hair will go back to normal. Since there is nothing to be done about the hair fall, other things can be done. This is the best time to experiment with a new hair-do.
How to Cope with Damaged Hair?
Hair thickeners and mousse are great options during these times as they give your hair a fuller look. The hair can be cut and kept short. Many mothers are irritated by constantly having to remove hairs from brushes and sinks. This makes a shorter hair-do a viable option. Moreover, a shorter hairstyle is easier to maintain while taking care of a baby. Long hair is notoriously difficult to maintain especially when most of the time you will be taking care of your baby. Moreover, longer hair makes hair loss all the more noticeable.
When will Hair Stop Falling?
As mentioned before, the hair goes back to being normal after a space of about six months. If hair fall still continues to persist after that time then there is a cause to consult a doctor. Hair fall can increase due to a variety of causes which are not related to pregnancy. Some of the conditions and diseases which can result in excessive hair fall are:
Poor health can cause hair fall which in turn can happen due to a variety of causes.
A deficiency of vitamins and assorted minerals in the diet can be a factor.
Stress does lead to hair fall.
There is possibly nothing more beautiful than the birth of a child. Hair loss is but a small price to pay for watching your child grow up in your care. As told earlier, hair loss after pregnancy is quite natural and there is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. With proper care, your hair will bounce back to its former glory in almost no time. There is one thing mothers, especially those with long hair, should note. Often hair strands can get tightly wrapped around your child’s appendages like fingers and toes. It is known as hair tourniquets, it can be quite painful for your child. Therefore, you need to be extra careful for preventing your long hair from getting tangled in your baby’s fingers and toes.
What are the causes of hair loss after pregnancy? For how long does hair continue to fall after delivery? How to deal with post delivery hair loss? Discuss here.
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- The Indiaparenting Team