Around 6 weeks postpartum I began to notice my hair was shedding in unusual amounts. If I lightly touched my hair, strands would just fall out. During wash day when I detangled, there was hair all over the place! That’s when I knew, it was postpartum hair loss.
Postpartum hair loss is the sudden shedding of hair that new mothers experience between 3 to 6 months after they give birth. Pregnant mothers often boast about the health and length of their hair, but after pregnancy, changes in hormone levels can cause hair loss. The severity of shedding differs for each mother. Some women don’t notice any shedding at all, while others lose large amounts of hair.
There’s nothing you can do about the hair that you’ve lost, but you can take special care of the hair that remains after shedding. Here are a few tips:
1. Wear Protective Styles
Leave your hair alone! Your hair is undergoing a drastic change. Too much manipulation can increase the amount of hair loss.
2. Massage Your Scalp
Scalp massages increase blood flow, which aids in hair growth. Take a few moments at the end of each day to show your scalp some TLC. Tip: Add your favorite oil to your finger tips while you massage.
3. Deep Condition/Moisturize Your Hair
Make sure to provide your hair with extra moisture. Try to double up on conditioning time or use your favorite moisturizer more often.
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Drink plenty of water and load up on fruits and veggies. Those added vitamins will help to maintain the health of your hair.
5. Consult Your Physician
If the shedding persists, call your doctor or midwife as it can be signs of a more severe condition.
Remember! Postpartum hair loss it temporary, you’ll get through it!
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