Pregnancy and giving birth is different for everyone. For some, the process can be a beautiful and magical time, with no complications. For others, the experience is difficult, stressful, and full of anxiety. While, for others, the journey to motherhood is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that vary from day-to-day.
No matter what category you fall into, we always want to be as real and as open as possible when it comes to motherhood, and that’s why today we’re talking about a topic that nobody enjoys, but many go through: postpartum hair loss.
If you’ve already given birth then you’re probably already well aware of some of the struggles that can come with postpartum hair loss, but for those of you who are new to motherhood, it’s time to chat, so you can be prepared.
We’ll first discuss why this phenomena occurs, and we’ll also give you some practical advice about how to deal with it, so you can start your journey into motherhood off on the right foot.
First, why does postpartum hair loss occur?
Not too surprisingly, like many things related to pregnancy, postpartum hair loss is the culprit of your hormones.
During your pregnancy, your body goes through many major changes in order to keep both you and your baby healthy. This includes different hormone levels pumping through your body, which can lead to new experiences that you perhaps weren’t use to prior to getting pregnant.
In particular, during pregnancy, many women experience fuller, thicker hair, which is the result of higher than normal estrogen levels that help your hair follicle stay in place. In other words, during pregnancy, you likely won’t experience a lot of hair loss. You’ll actually experience thicker hair than you’re accustomed to.
However, once you’ve given birth and your hormones start to regulate, all of that excess estrogen you were carrying around drops off quickly and suddenly, which often leads to the excess hair from pregnancy falling out.
For some, they’ll only experience the excess hair falling out. For others, you might lose even more hair than you started with.
Like we said previously, everyone’s pregnancy journey is unique to them.
Regardless, though, one thing that is not unique is that your hair will grow back, and this newfound hair loss is not a permanent condition to be concerned about.
How to deal with postpartum hair loss
- Don’t panic
First off, if you start losing hair after giving birth, don’t panic.
With a new baby to care for, you have enough on your plate. You don’t need to add extra stress by worrying about your hair loss. Like we mentioned previously, postpartum hair loss is normal, and it will stabilize with time.
Stay calm, and enjoy your new baby. Stress and unnecessary worrying will only make things worse.
- Invest time into hair care
You won’t be able to fully prevent postpartum hair loss, but you can make the experience a lot more manageable if you take care of the hair that you already have.
Do this by being gentle with your hair, especially when brushing. Tugging and pulling excessively will only bring out more hair than necessary. In addition, invest in hair products that promote healthy hair growth, like hair masks, heat protectants, non-stripping shampoos and conditioners, and hair serums.
The more you do to take care of the hair you already have, the less likely you’ll have excess hair loss.
- Don’t forget internal fixes
Our hair is an external feature, so naturally when trying to help it grow, or prevent it from falling out, we think applying all the serums and products will help; however, it’s just as important to focus on your internal health to help with postpartum hair loss.
Things like diet can be extremely important for promoting hair growth. In particular, make sure you’re getting the necessary protein and iron into your diet. We know with a new baby in your household things can feel a little crazy and hectic, and perhaps you’ve started to neglect some of your own needs, but trust us, not only is taking care of yourself important for things like healthy hair, it’s also key for being the best mama that you can be!
In addition, you should also be taking a prenatal vitamin in order to really help you regulate all the different changes that your body went through from being pregnant.
Focus on your health, and you’ll likely experience less postpartum hair loss.
Really, when it comes to dealing with postpartum hair loss it all comes down to not stressing, and taking care of yourself both externally and internally.
Do both those two things, and in no time at all, we’ve got a feeling your locks will be back to their glorious, healthy state.