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Hair loss after pregnancy


Although pregnancy does not spoil in many respects, there is something that many pregnant women envy. Namely lush and shiny hairstyle. Unfortunately, a beautiful hairstyle is not given once and for all to young mothers.

About the third month after delivery hair falls out naturally. In some women this process is gentle, other hair loses handfuls, which is often worrying and frightening.

Why does hair fall out after pregnancy?

Young mothers can boast of a lush hairstyle for a simple reason: pregnant hair does not fall out. Their growth cycle due to altered hormonal balance is undergoing transformation. Therefore, when the secretion of hormones changes, after the birth of the child, the hair that was not lost during pregnancy falls out.

Two or three months after pregnancy can be lost from 20-30% hair. There are those that did not fall out during pregnancy and those that should fall out in a given period, hence the illusion that they lose a lot.

Hair loss after pregnancy: when is a doctor's help necessary?

If thinning haircuts are accompanied dandruff, seborrheaand strands they fall out handfuls, consult your doctor. It may be that you will need treatment for a specific disease that is causing baldness after delivery. You may need to enrich your diet with calcium, zinc or iron.

When will it pass

You don't have to worry that postpartum baldness will make you completely bald. We have an average of 150,000 hair on our heads, so even if you lose 1/3 of your hair, your hair will not suffer much. In addition, after 6-9 months after delivery, when the hormonal storm stops, everything returns to normal.

However if you are breastfeeding, it may take longer to get back to the natural look of your hairstyle. Lactation increases amount of prolactin, which are responsible for hair loss. Some women notice that their hairstyle appearance does not return to its original state until they give breast to the child as the only source of food or until they decide to use mixed feeding.

It has a similar negative effect stress, which also promotes thinning hair. That is why women suffering from postpartum depression observe increased hair loss.

Strengthening hair after pregnancy

After delivery you can try to strengthen the hair. Meaning is good composed menu, and especially the introduction of products rich in B vitamins that have a beneficial effect on the appearance of the hairstyle. It is worth including in the menu fish, eggs, wholemeal bread, groats, paddy rice. Remembering these ingredients, we also introduce the necessary microelements, such as zinc, copper and iron.

Application may also be considered dietary supplements, vitamins, especially in a period when we do not have access to too many vegetables and fruits.

This is very important, because many women after pregnancy can quickly fall into postpartum anemia, a problem that can be further aggravated by lactation. That is why it is so important to eat healthy, opt for balanced meals and do not forget about the large amount of fruit and vegetables.

The key to success is also choosing a good strengthening hair shampoo and conditionerthat will improve the condition of the hairstyle. Once a week, you can also help with the use a special face maskwhich has even more valuable ingredients than a conditioner.

Worth also pay attention to hair care. Comb your hair well, gently reaching for the comb with the teeth wide apart. During the puerperium and breastfeeding, when the hair is often weakened, it is worth considering the need to use a curler, straightener, hair coloring or other treatments that diminish the condition of the hair.

In the first months after delivery hair is worth wearing: with a rubber band or a clip, and when this is not possible, cut them in such a way that they are easy to style, without having to devote valuable time to styling and in addition do not "tire" the already weakened hair.