I Just Had A Baby and I’m Experiencing Hair Loss- Why Is This Happening?

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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.

Relax

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.

You can even try hair oil mixes like Elongtress Hair Growth Enhancers that assist with hair loss and will help you grow your hair back quicker.

If you focus on taking care of yourself and tweaking your regimen a bit, in no time you’ll recover your crowning glory.

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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NaTasha Thompson

I experienced this with my daughter. However with my son, my hair grew wildly.

Natasha Thomas

I’m due to give birth to my second child in 2 weeks from tomorrow and hoping this doesn’t happen this time. Lucky this didn’t happen to my first.

Valerie Johnson

This is normal…hormones make your hair grow like crazy when pregnant and it starts thinning a few months after baby is born due to the drop in hormones…it will grow back…

Susan Cartwright

Yes

Wisdom Kulani Khosa

That still hunts me today my hair fell off so bad I had to cut and start a new hair journey

Ophelia FiFi Robinson

Medication affects th e hair ,Hair needs corrective deep conditioners , Also heat cap treatments and leave in conditioners , Placenta. Conditioner after treatments. CONSULT A HAIR STYLIST, License master cosmetologist advice , Black hair lack natural oil ,easy to damage ,( PEACE AND LOVE )

Ashley L Myrie

Hoping this doesn’t happen…looking at cuts just in case