Many think of hair restoration as something for the middle-aged and older. Yet hair loss among women who have recently given birth is not that uncommon. Called postpartum hair loss, it’s a great thing to educate pregnant women about.
Postpartum hair loss occurs when hair begins to shed, sometimes in clumps, three to six months after giving birth. The head normally loses about 100 hairs a day, though not at one time, so it’s barely noticeable. Pregnancy hormones prevent this from happening, which is why so many pregnant women have super-thick, lush tresses. After giving birth, hormones return to normal, which includes the shedding of hair.
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The shedding of hair during the first few months of your baby’s life is totally normal! Breastfeeding mothers are likely to hang onto their excess hair a little longer; however, it’s important to note that shedding does not mean you are going bald. Your hair should be back to normal by the time your little one reaches his or her first birthday.
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There’s plenty you can do while your hair is shedding to keep it healthy:
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