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HAIR LOSS AFTER CHILDBIRTH: WHY IT OCCURS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

I had my baby! Am I going bald?


por qué se cae el cabello después del parto
hair loss after childbirth

Photo by Towfiqu Barbhuiya


When my third baby arrived, two and a half years before my twins, I had an episode that caused me a lot of concern. After 9 months of pregnancy and 7 months after giving birth to my daughter, my hair started falling out in large amounts!

At first, I thought it was the stress that came from being a mother to three children under the age of 5 . I never thought that it was all due to my latest pregnancy, which today we call Emilia. Why do I blame my innocent baby? Well, it turns out that after some research with friends and some experts on the subject, I discovered the following.


It's all hormonal

It turns out that during pregnancy, changes in hormone levels cause your hair NOT to fall out for long periods of time. Normally, we lose hair every day, but during pregnancy, the amount we lose is minimal, giving us the impression of a lush and healthy mane. I believe that it's one of the reasons some women look more beautiful when they're pregnant.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hair loss after pregnancy is not necessarily hair loss. Dermatologists claim it's more of excessive hair shedding, caused by a decrease in estrogen levels after childbirth. During pregnancy, estrogen levels are very high, which causes the hair to stay in a growth phase called the anagen phase. The hair that normally falls out remains intact during pregnancy, making it appear more voluminous and longer.

However, once the baby is born, estrogen levels drop. Approximately 12 weeks after childbirth, the hair returns to its normal state, and what was holding it in place for a longer

time isn't anymore, which causes it to fall out in greater quantities.

Normally, a woman loses between 100 and 125 hairs per day, but after childbirth, you can lose more than 500. This may sound alarming, but don't worry because experts say you will not go bald!

Patience... Lots of patience!

There's not much you can do to stop hair loss during this postpartum period except to be patient. I've noticed that hair loss is more intense when your hair is wet, so a piece of advice would be to try washing it less frequently and, if possible, let it air dry. Additionally, there are shampoos that can help add volume to your hair if you feel like your hair is becoming thin. What worked particularly for me was getting a haircut; I went for a practical shoulder-length style. Another option could be getting bangs or other fringe ways to help disguise the hair loss.

If things don't improve, talk to a doctor!

Around six months after giving birth, the hair returns to normal, and you'll notice small hairs growing in certain parts of your head, thickening it again. If hair loss doesn't seem to stop after 6 to 7 months, consult a dermatologist, or ask your primary care doctor, as it may be related to something other than pregnancy or hormones.

As for me, I can report that my Emilia is no longer in the "accused" chair because when she reached around 8 months old, my hair returned to its natural thickness, celebrating the birth of some new hairs around my forehead. Today, my third bump is about to become a teenager, a source of inspiration for future blogs.

The American Academy of Dermatology is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and improving patient care because skin, hair, and nail conditions can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. For more information, please contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or visit aad.org.


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