Pregnancy And Hair Loss

Pregnancy and hair loss is quite unusual. Most women find that their hair is thicker and fuller when they are pregnant. 

It is much more common for hair to be thicker than for you to have hair loss.  The hair loss is affected by the many changes the body takes during pregnancy. 

Is Hair Loss A Sign Of Pregnancy?

Hair loss is not  consider a sign of early pregnancy. 

What Causes Hair Loss During Pregnancy?

Having vitamin or mineral deficiency can lead to losing more hair. Additional causes of hair loss are:

  • Not eating enough protein can cause hair loss
  • Deficiency of Iodine
  • Anemia
  • Under active thyroid that interferes with the normal growth of hair

Postpartum Hair Loss

Many women experience hair loss after pregnancy.  The hair loss comes sudden shedding that many new mothers experience between three and six months after giving birth. Usually, when you stop breastfeeding, the hair loss begins due to the drop in estrogen levels.

How Long Does Hair Loss Last After Pregnancy?

The majority of women it takes them around 6 to 12 months for hair loss to stop.  The hair will eventually start growing thick and healthy gradually. 

How To Prevent Hair From Falling Out After Pregnancy?

Waiting for the body to return to normal levels is the waiting period for the hair loss to decrease.

 There are no particular treatments for hair loss during pregnancy. Here are some preventable measurements you can take to prevent hair from falling out after pregnancy:

  • Use a mild shampoo
  • Do not over brush hair
  • Avoid any chemicals dyes
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Gently brush your hair
  • Avoid any heat on your hair
  • Use a wide toothed comb to detangle your hair
  • Take prenatal vitamin
  • Avoid stressful situations

When To Call The Doctor

If you experience extremes loss of hair after pregnancy, please consult with your physician.  Extreme loss of hair is usually a sign of postpartum thyroiditis. 

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