Postpartum Shedding – What To Expect For Baby And Mom

hair stuck in brushAfter The Baby Is Born

Once you deliver your baby the estrogen levels will take a nose dive and an influx of hair follicles will enter the resting stage of the hair cycle. The dreaded shedding known as portpartum shedding will begin shortly thereafter. It is not specific on when shedding will start because it varies from one woman to the next but usually it will start between 3-8 months after giving birth.

You will notice a lot more hair in your hair tools, on wash day in the bath or if the shedding is really terrible, you will be able to pull out clumps of hair with without any effort.

Even though seeing clumps of hair everywhere can be scary, the unusual shedding should taper off as your baby gets a little older and at around 12 months it should stop.

The way the hair falls is also interesting and varies from head to head. For example there are women who have reported hair falling out in patches all over their head, and other women might just lose the hair around their hairline but either way, the good news is you will not go bald and the hair does eventually return to its luxurious self.

How To Deal With Postpartum Shedding

Patience


Honestly I could suggest going out and purchasing a bunch of thickening creams and other products that create illusions of volume and they are worth mentioning but the number one way to deal with shedding is by exercising a lot of patience with your hair.

Understand that your hair is going through a time of renewal after the baby was born so the best thing to do is nurture it and help it along by reducing excessive manipulation, keeping it moisturized and free of tangles.

A Haircut

Have you noticed that after some women have a baby they do something drastic like cut all their hair off? This might not be directly related to postpartum shedding but it is a great way to stay within the theme of renewal.

New baby, new life changes, new needs and new hair! Getting a hair cut might be just what the doctor ordered after successfully adding to the human race.

Change your Hair style

If you are losing the hair on your hairline, it helps to part your hair on a different side or style your hair in a different manner to cover-up the thinner spots. It may be time to get those bangs you have been thinking about getting for years.

Additionally if you are natural, it might be time to start wearing your hair in its curly state full time because it is a lot easier  to mask thinning hair with curly hair than it is with straight sleek styles.

If you have a relaxer you are not exempt from curly styles, try perm rods, roller sets or flexi rods which help your hair to appear thicker.

Originally posted 2013-10-02 15:00:14.

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.

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Dareé Colón

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

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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