During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to notice that your hair is thicker and more voluminous, it’s a wonderful time because your hair simply keeps growing and growing and doesn’t fall out — but unfortunately, this will not last. Thicker hair during pregnancy can soon turn into a frightening postpartum female hair loss experience. If you are a new mum and have experienced hair loss, no need to panic.
Here is what’s happening to your body, resulting in worrisome (but generally temporary) symptoms.
Why Your Hair Thickens in Pregnancy, Then Falls Out
Did you feel like you had Amazon woman hair during pregnancy? Of course you did! Most women do! Thickening hair while pregnant is due to higher levels of estrogen, among several other hormones. These include prolactin, progesterone and oxytocin.
Typically, a healthy female will lose hair every day — this is a natural process. In fact, 90 percent of your hair will be growing at any given time, whereas 10 percent will be in a resting phase.
During pregnancy, however, rising hormones reduce the amount of hair you shed. You will essentially stay in the “resting phase” for longer. By the time you approach your due date, your hair may be very thick.
So, what happens after your precious bundle of joy has entered the world?
What to Expect After Child Birth
Apart from sleepless night, dark rings under your eyes – did I hear you say luggage under your eyes? ; ) and a little more frustration with everyone around you from sheer exhaustion….. after delivery, your estrogen and progesterone levels will drop. They can even decline to normal levels within 24 hours. All that hair, giving you much-appreciated volume, will now start to fall out. All of the hair that was supposed to fall out during the gestation period will now begin to fall out rapidly. This will usually begin after birth and continue for the next three to six months.
It is most common to notice thinning hair around the hairline — but you may experience hair loss in clumps. You might find hair on the floor, on the walls, even on the ceiling (God knows how it got there!), on your clothes, your baby’s clothes and in your food – you will find it everywhere! It can make you feel very anxious. If this is the case, no need to worry. Everything should return to normal in a few months, once your body restores hormonal balance.
Helpful Tips to Consider When Experiencing Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss affects between 40 and 50 percent of women, chances are you can relate to this experience and know what it is like to have thinning hair for the first time in your life. please consider some of the tips below.
Consume a Nutrient-Dense Diet
Although you cannot control hormonal changes, you can combat potential nutritional deficiencies — enhancing hair health and overall growth.
Antioxidant-rich foods, including sweet potatoes, blueberries and dark chocolate
Foods that offer B-complex vitamins, such as spinach, lentils and bananas
Sources of iron and zinc, including pumpkin seeds, quinoa and mushrooms
Protein – red meat and whey protein drinks are excellent ways to get more protein into your diet
Eliminate Heat & Stress from you hair
Using heat to style or curl can damage the hair follicles. Also, make sure that when you brush your hair, you use a wide-tooth comb.
Supplements for your hair
You can also source quality supplements, seek a conditioning treatment or in some cases, invest in laser treatment.
Cosmetic Hair Thickener for your hair
If you can see your scalp and your hair is looking sparse, purchase some Biothik Hair fibres. They will make your hair look instantly thicker, it will be, almost, how your hair was before. If you lose 50% of your hair from post partum hair loss, you need to regain up to 100% to return to normal. Thankfully, Biothik Hair fibres can make your hair look over 150% thicker in as little as a minute……. or less.
If you find that you’re still losing a considerable amount of hair, up until your baby’s first birthday, then you should contact a physician and a hair loss specialist. At BioTHIK Hair Products, we understand that you are coping with not only being a new mum, but also with the social stigma that accompanies postpartum hair loss. Feel free to give us a call if you need someone to talk to about it.