Postpartum hair loss is one of the less dreamy sides of having a new baby – somewhere up with extreme sleep deprivation and poosplosions. If you don’t know that it’s a ‘thing’ it can be quite terrifying to suddenly pull what seem like clumps of hair out every time you run a brush through. So is it normal to lose hair after having a baby and is there ever a point at which you should worry about the hair loss?
Around 3 months after birth you will probably notice that you are shedding. Your pillow, plug holes, clothes and baby’s fingers are covered in strands of hair and it feels like you’re losing loads. If we go back a few months to during your pregnancy, your hair was likely to have been thick and full, you hopefully felt wonderful and basqued in the glory of your luscious locks. What happened?
Hair During Pregnancy
On average, a woman will lose 100 strands of hair a day – usually when brushing it. This is completely normal and because it happens over the course of the day you probably barely notice it. When you are pregnant, your oestrogen levels are higher and the growing stage of a hair’s life is increased, meaning that fewer strands are falling out at any given point in the day.
My advice? Enjoy this stage. Let those locks flow and bounce in all their oestrogen infused glory!
Why Is My Hair Falling Out Since I Gave Birth?
I’m sure that virtually all new mums will have at least a tiny panic about their postpartum hair loss, even if they’re expecting it. I know I did when mine started after having Martha.
After you give birth those oestrogen levels plummet and those follicles that had still been actively growing enter the ‘resting’ stage, meaning the hairs will then start falling out.
Don’t panic! You’re only losing the hairs that you didn’t lose during your pregnancy.
What Can I Do About It?
Some women will barely notice any difference at this time, whilst for others it’s a big deal. I have long, thin hair so I find it quite challenging because there are permanently long strands blocking the plugs, getting into our food (gross, right?) and getting tangled in the kids’ fingers.
One thing to be very, very careful of is hair getting wrapped around your baby’s fingers, toes, wrists, ankles or penis because this can be really dangerous. Called a hair tourniquet, the hair can get wrapped very tightly and cause your baby a lot of pain and injury. Check your little one regularly and I find loads of hairs trapped in clothing after being in the washing machine so always make sure there isn’t any in socks or the feet of sleepsuits.
My lovely friend Katie from Mummy, Daddy, Me had a scary experience with her gorgeous little boy back in the summer:
You can’t do anything to stop the hairs falling out, but you may find that cutting your hair shorter will make life a bit easier. You can also try hair products that give extra volume, or if you feel like you have a dramatically receding hairline then you can go for Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatment to help give the appearance of fuller hair.
If you do feel like you’re losing more hair than you should be then have a chat with your GP. I did experience some small bald patches after having Toby but looking back, we were having quite a torrid time and I think it was the stress that caused additional hair loss.
The good news is that around 6-12 months after having your baby, your hormones start to regulate again and you should find that your hair returns to its usual pre-pregnancy ways.
**This is a collaborative post. Words and opinions are my own**