It is fair to say that your hands are full with a new baby in the home. You are finding new levels of energy and determination you had no idea were there. Absolutely not a time to notice your hair is thinning. But if you do, relax. Here are the essentials you will want to know, and it really isn’t that bad.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed more and more hair coming out when I brush my hair and in the shower. I had my first baby six weeks ago and she’s quite colicky – could it be the stress making my hair fall out?
Don’t worry, hair loss after child birth is completely normal. In fact, the truth is that you are just shedding the extra hairs that you didn’t lose during pregnancy; when you are pregnant, you have a big hormonal surge, and this causes your hair’s life cycle to slow down. Usually you would lose between 80 and 100 hairs per day, but during pregnancy this number reduces dramatically. Some hair experts believe the hairs themselves actually become thicker during pregnancy, too, although there is little evidence to back this up.
Wait it out
Hair loss after pregnancy can last for up to twelve months, depending on how much your cycle slowed down while you were pregnant – if your hair seemed ultra thick and luxurious for the past nine months, then you can expect the hair loss phase to last a little longer.
However, it is important to keep an eye on how much hair is falling out – the amount of hair you lose daily should slow down after a while, so if it continues to seem like an excessive amount for several months, or if you notice bald patches, you should contact your doctor, or perhaps a hair loss specialist, who will have experience in this and may be more likely to help you diagnose the root cause of your thinning hair as well as find a hair loss solution.
Other causes of hair loss in women
There is such a thing as female pattern baldness – a genetic condition, much like male pattern baldness – although it is much rarer than its male equivalent. Alopecia areata is another cause of hair loss in women, and many people think this is stress related, but the true cause is not really known. We do know, however, that you are more likely to develop alopecia areata if someone in your family has the disease.
Post-partum hair loss tips
Although there are a number of medications that encourage hair regrowth, you may not be keen on taking them, particularly if you’re breastfeeding your baby. If you are suffering from increased hair loss after the birth of your baby, here are 5 all-natural remedies that may help:
#1 Top up your nutrients
Although you should get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet, pregnancy and labour can be hard on the body, zapping your nutrient levels. Breastfeeding can further drain your supplies so it might be worth stocking up on your supplements. Vitamins B, C, E, zinc and selenium are all key for healthy skin, nails and hair.
# 2 Ever heard of biotin?
If there is one nutrient that you should focus on above all others, it’s biotin. It directly builds proteins such as keratin and a deficiency in biotin has been linked to hair loss.
#2 Eat more fish
Omega-3 oils are essential fatty acids that are great for strengthening your hair… and making it shiny.
# 3 Book a hair cut
Don’t do anything drastic when you’re in the baby haze and have all your hair chopped off, but you should definitely book in for a good trim that will take off any split ends and boost the health of your hair.
# 4 Drop the hairdryer
Drying hair naturally is far better for it then constant heating and styling which can weaken the hair and contribute to hair breakage. And, frankly, you probably don’t have time to properly style your hair with a small baby anyway.
# 5 Massage away your hair cares
Careful massage of the scalp in a gentle, circular motion can increase circulation and blood flow to the scalp.