Hair Loss After Pregnancy and Childbirth

It seems like pregnancy causes all kinds of symptoms that you can’t escape, and thinning hair is another one to add to the list. Hair loss after pregnancy and childbirth are common in many women as hormone levels go wild.


Although many people think nothing is more beautiful than a mother-to-be, pregnancy may leave you feeling pretty unattractive — you’re moody, you’re bloated and swollen, and you’re gaining weight like mad. After childbirth, it takes time (and often much hard work) for your body to get back to its normal shape. And there’s one more thing that might occur — hair loss after pregnancy.

Hormones and Childbirth

You already know that being pregnant makes your hormone levels go a little crazy — that’s why television commercials can make you cry (even the ones that aren’t sad) and nearly everyone around you gets on your nerves. But those changes in your hormone levels also disrupt hair’s natural growing and resting balance so that more hairs are in the resting phase and fewer are growing. Increased levels of hormones keep that hair in place — at least temporarily giving you a gorgeous, thick head of hair during your pregnancy.

But about three months after delivering your baby, once you’re finally getting the hang of being a new mom, catching up on a little sleep, and feeling and looking like yourself, you may notice thinning hair. Hair loss after pregnancy occurs because once you deliver your baby, your hormone levels decrease to their normal, pre-pregnancy levels. All those resting hairs fall out, resulting in thinning hair while you wait for the cycle to resume and new hairs to begin to grow.

How Long Will Hair Loss After Pregnancy Last?

Don’t worry — even if you can’t get rid of those stretch marks, pregnancy won’t usually leave you with bald patches or thinning hair for life. Hair loss after

pregnancy is mostly temporary and doesn’t require hair loss treatment; you just have to wait for your hormone levels to get back to normal. You can expect to have your regular, healthy hair within six months to a year after delivering your little one.

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