Postpartum Shedding – What To Expect For Baby And Mom

Young pregnant black woman touching her belly - African peopleMy son Jonross is almost 11 months old. It’s crazy how fast time flies because for me it was just yesterday I felt him trying break my rib cage and now he has his dad and I running all over the house removing small objects from his little fists.

In case you are wondering, postpartum shedding is the sudden shedding of hair that new moms experience shortly after the birth of their child.

I experienced postpartum shedding but it didn’t happen in the way I expected or even when I expected.

I thought I would have the baby and then my hair would just start falling out immediately; but really what happened was that I lost a lot of hair around my hair line when he was six or 7 months old.

When I started to notice how specific the hair loss was and that I actually had bald spots I decided to do a little research on what I really should or should not be worried about.

You would be surprised how a little knowledge can ease your worry and help you though what will undoubtedly be a a stressful time.

If you have experienced postpartum shedding and know little to nothing about it, keep reading, after all sharing is caring.


What Happens To Your Hair During Pregnancy

To understand postpartum shedding it is important to know the background and some of the changes your body goes through as you take care of your little bundle for nine months.

Normally we have on average around 95% of our hair growing at any given time, the rest of our hair is enjoying a resting period and after the rest is over, the hair falls out.

We all have heard that we tend to lose about 100 hairs per day, most of that is from manipulation and normal shedding after the resting phase is over. The hair that is released is then replaced with a new hair that sprouts from the same follicle and the cycle continues.

During pregnancy things move away from normal and our hair growth cycle changes. One of the most significant changes is the increased levels of the hormone estrogen in our system which not only contributes to the sudden cravings for pickles on top of a huge bowl of ice-cream but the hormone also prolongs the growing phase of our hair.

Have you ever wondered how long your hair would be if your were an elephant? End crazy thought here. During your pregnancy you will notice that your hair is thicker from all the extra hair you are holding on to and also shinier contributing to that gorgeous pregnancy glow we all tend to experience.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Nandy Emilie NouNourse

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Kim Janice Jenkins

Gorgeous!

Thebazile Zerimar

SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND A GORGEOUS TUMMY

Cintajia Jay Spencer

Kristen TristensMom Forbes you was just saying you wanted toads chemicals to your hair just thought you might find this interesting

Irene Harris

I wish I had seen this several months ago. I was freaking out because I was losing soooo much hair. Mine started when my daughter was about 3.5 months. Its coming back my styling is limited due to all of the short spots all over including my entire hairline. Great article. Thanks.

Peter Owang

i love it your shape is good be blesed.

Dareé Colón

MzHot Darcel lmao doesn’t this look kind of like Jannel!!

MzHot SobaDd

Dareé Colón omg it really does!!

Jannel Allesha

OMFG……. at first im like nahhh then I said oh shit for real… OMG I found my twin…. lol