Without a doubt, bringing children into the world is one of the greatest blessings. On the flip side, the process of getting those said children here can be very daunting. For 9 months, you experience emotional, physical, and mental changes that are completely different than what you are used to.
However, not all of these physical changes are drawbacks. For example, increases in estrogen levels causes many women to grow thick and healthy hair during their pregnancy. A rise in estrogen levels changes the “growing” and “resting” state of your hair, thus keeping your hair from shedding as much as it normally would.
Unfortunately, your hair leaves its temporary state of glory right after giving birth because your estrogen levels return to normal. Not only does hair gradually return to shedding, but sometimes it even falls out in chunks.
Do not be alarmed, ladies! Hair loss after giving birth is actually very common and usually has nothing to do with a vitamin deficiency or improper hair care as much as it does hormonal changes. All the shedding eventually come to a full stop within 6 to 12 months after giving birth.
Of course, most women do not want to experience hair loss AT ALL; even though they may know why it is happening, they still go into a full blown panic. You can’t completely prevent it, but fortunately for all you pregnant ladies out there, there are actually a few things you can do to lessen the amount of shedding post-pregnancy.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Although postpartum hair loss isn’t usually a result of a vitamin deficiency, it still helps to have a healthy diet because your food can contain hair growth-promoting vitamins* such as iron*, B12, zinc*, and Vitamin A*. This also includes drinking tons of water because it will help lessen breakage and shedding by keeping your hair moisturized.
Stress is one of the biggest causes of hair loss, and you will definitely have a ton of it after having your baby. You may not be able to eliminate stress from your life completely during this time, but you should look into adopting stress reduction techniques such as scalp messages, stretches, and finding time to wind down whenever you can.
Change Your Hair Care Regimen
Where does breakage and shedding stem from? Dry, fragile hair! After having the baby, everything about your hair may have changed- including how dry and thin it is. If you notice that your overall hair health is suffering, don’t be afraid to revamp your hair care routine completely. Add in more water-based moisturizers, look into low manipulation styles, and even add in more oils* for hair growth like castor oil* or carrot oil.
If you focus on taking care of yourself and tweaking your regimen a bit, in no time you’ll recover your crowning glory.