Welcome back the one and only, Tracey Clayton, a TwinCitiesView guest writer. She brings up a great topic for those new moms who are losing their hair…
Why You Might Lose Your Hair After Giving Birth and How to Help Yourself
There are many things about pregnancy nobody tells you, and postpartum hair loss is one of them. Since it doesn’t start immediately after giving birth but usually somewhere around baby’s third month, many women feel shocked and start panicking. If it happens to you, it’s important to stay calm and understand that it’s a part of the natural process. Besides, there are ways to help yourself so don’t worry.
Know the facts
Experts claim every new mother experiences this hair loss; it’s just that some lose more than the others. As you already know, your hormones go wild during pregnancy and they start to get back in balance once you give birth. You probably noticed your hair was somewhat thicker while you were pregnant. That’s because of a high estrogen level which caused your hair to grow slower. Hairs that would normally fall out gets into the resting phase and stays on your head so that’s why your hair looked fabulous while you were pregnant. That has its price which you have to pay once your hormones begin to stabilize – usually 12 weeks after the delivery.
Understand that it’s temporary
The answer is no – you’re not going bald, and yes – it will stop eventually. While you normally lose around 100 hairs a day, during this period you might lose up to 500 but there’s no room for panic. Gynecologists agree it should stop around six months after the delivery, but be aware that it could take a whole year with some women. Shedding is different for each woman – some might notice thinning at the hairline, for others, it might be all over their head, while some women experience their hairs falling out in clumps. It’s good to know that postpartum hair loss shouldn’t affect your eyebrows or other hair on your body, so if you notice anything odd – don’t hesitate to pay a visit to your doctor.
Be gentle to your hair
Once your estrogen level stabilizes, your old hair will start to fall out to make room for the new hair starting to grow again. The key is to be gentle with your hair during this process. This means you should invest in a detangler spray and comb, for starters. Too much of harsh combing is not good for healthy hair, let alone your postpartum hair quality. Don’t be too harsh when tying it, either. Also, when you wash your hair don’t put it in a towel – let it fall freely and avoid treating it with heat as much as possible. Taking hair vitamins can’t hurt either, especially if you opt for vitamin B12. It regulates the production of the cells and helps your hair grow effortlessly.
Don’t do anything radical
Some women’s first reaction to postpartum hair loss is to make an appointment with a hairdresser and get a short cut but give it a second thought. It’s not that easy to style short hair since it must be clean all the time and we all know that’s not always possible when you’re a new mother. Changing your hair colour is always a nice change but bear in mind that going for a darker shade isn’t necessarily a good choice – if your hair gets really thin, you’re scalp will become even more obvious. Instead of doing something radical, try changing your part because side parting can disguise thin hair. Besides, you can always opt for head ornaments – hair bands and bandanas are a stylish way to hide your hair loss.
And finally, the best advice you can get is to be patient. Hair loss will pass – you’ll notice it by “baby” hair growing along your hairline. The texture of your hair might change due to hormonal changes in your body but it’s all natural. The important thing is that soon, you’ll get all of your hair back and you’ll be able to fully enjoy your new life as a mother.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
Well I hope this article calmed your nerves, all is well and normal! Just follow Tracey’s simple tips, and by all means, enjoy your new bundle of joy!