Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal change in the body. Some of these changes are positive. Often, pregnant women have radiant skin and thick, healthy hair. But a few months after giving birth, some women may experience postpartum hair loss as their hormones return to normal levels. Learn more about hair loss after pregnancy and what you can do to get your hair back.
Is Hair Loss After Pregnancy Normal?
Everyone loses 50-100 hairs a day as part of the hair growth cycle. For women who have recently given birth, it’s normal to experience hair loss three to six months after pregnancy. It’s a condition called telogen effluvium. While this condition is temporary, it may take up to a full year to regain your hair’s normal fullness. Dermatologists characterize this condition as excessive hair shedding. The shedding occurs due to falling estrogen levels, which are much higher during pregnancy.
Why Is Hair Thicker and Healthier During Pregnancy?
Women often experience lush, thick hair while they’re pregnant. This is caused in part because of the increase of certain hormones, such as estrogen. The extra hormones circulating in the blood can cause shifts in the hair growth cycle, keeping hair in the growing phase longer, so it doesn’t shed. Some studies also suggest that hair strands thicken during pregnancy, resulting in fuller-looking hair. Unfortunately, this ends after pregnancy when hormone levels return to normal. The hairs that weren’t shed may begin to all fall out all at once leaving you with thinner-looking hair. Hair loss may be dramatic for some, while others may have mild thinning.
What You Can Do About Postpartum Hair Loss
Life after having a baby can be stressful enough. Between sleep deprivation and fluctuating hormones, the last thing you want to worry about is thinning hair. The good news is you don’t have to live with hair loss. At Hair Club, we’ve helped thousands of women just like you. We offer a comprehensive suite of proven solutions for women’s hair loss—and our caring and empathetic team of professionals is here for you every step of the way. Come in to a Hair Club center near you and meet with one of our trained hair loss experts. You’ll receive a free, private hair and scalp analysis that will help you understand your level of hair loss, the condition of your scalp and which proven solution will work for your needs. Schedule your appointment today and get hair that makes you feel great about yourself!
For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.