Hair loss after birth, otherwise known as Postpartum hair loss, is a frequent concern of all new mothers. I thought it would be useful for these ladies to describe hair loss after pregnancy as I am regularly asked about it in the clinic also.
The hair loss associated with pregnancy is a totally normal and predictable process of the hair cycle. During the 9 months gestation period, the hair loss dramatically slows and in some cases ceases completely and continuously grows. This is why our hair looks and feels its very best and fullest during pregnancy.
After birth or the cessation of breast feeding where appropriate, the hair loss which is perceived to be of an accelerated amount begins.
The hair loss can be seen when washing and grooming the hair and also cause certain areas of the hair to be less dense. This is simply the 9 months of hair not lost “catching up”! It is only when this loss continues beyond 9-12 months that further investigations should be carried out, in the first instance via blood test as a specific deficiency may be present.
The patient may also complain they feel very tired, which as any Mother reading this knows- new babies like to wake us at night, resulting in fatigue. But at for example 10 months, when the baby is sleeping longer and the Mother still feels shattered, something must be done. Another symptom of this extended hair loss can be an increase in body bruising.
Please also read the blogs written by my assistant Kelly McMahon on her hair loss following pregnancy.
At Sussex Trichology, Shuna Hammocks is qualified and experienced to handle your concerns with respect and a good deal of empathy. You are not alone, we can help you.