Hair loss effects many women somewhere around 2-3 months after giving birth. Suddenly, your hair may start to fall out in what may seem to be alarming amounts.
Don’t panic, hair loss is a common postpartum symptom. In fact, dermatologists (aad.org/new-moms) refer to it as hair shedding, inferring that it is not a permanent state, which is different to hair loss (meaning more permanent hair loss).
Your hair is now going through a resting phase. It is perfectly natural to experience increased hair loss postpartum. Ask other new mums.
You will most likely notice what seems like excessive hair loss after taking a shower; the plughole may be blocked or more full with hair than you have ever seen before.
Your hair will be falling out all over your clothes and all over your house. On the furniture, floor, car seats, all over baby and even in your food (after dropping out whilst you are cooking).
The amount of hair shedding will vary from woman to woman. It depends on hormonal levels and how each body reacts to the changes in hormone levels.
According to the American Pregnancy Association 40-50% of women will experience increased hair loss postpartum.
Hair growth and hair loss always happens in regular growth cycles. However, during pregnancy, these regular growth cycles change:
Remember that wonderful pregnancy glow you had? Your hair never looked better? You can put it down to hormonal changes and the extra hormone levels in your body which stimulate hair growth. Hormonal changes (increased estrogen levels) during pregnancy cause an increase in hair growth.
According to Bauman Medical an average human has 100,000 hair follicles on their head (it varies slightly depending on your hair colour). The average amount of daily hair loss varies between 50 – 100 hairs according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (https://www.aad.org/). It will be more noticeable if you have longer hair or thinner hair.
The regrowth of your hair after it drops out postpartum.
If you think your hair loss is abnormal – perhaps more than a clogged up plughole – then consult your doctor to ensure that you don’t have an iron deficiency or thyroid disorder.