Yikes! I Think I’m Going Bald Postpartum

During pregnancy, your hair may have been thick and shiny. In fact, it may have never looked better. So now that you have had your baby, you might notice you once lush locks are getting a little thinner or even a lot thinner.

Why all the Hair Loss?

It may seem like you’re losing hair at a record pace, but try not to freak out. Although it may not feel pretty, it’s actually pretty normal. Rest assured you won’t go bald. Here’s the deal: your hair goes through a normal cycle of growth and rest. When your hair is in the resting phase, some hair is lost every day. You normally shed on average 100 hairs every day, even though you probably don’t notice or give it much thought.

When you’re pregnant, increased hormones cause your body to hold on to those hairs, which is why your hair may have been thicker. But like many good things, your thick mane may come to an end when estrogen decreases shortly after your baby is born.

Somewhere around three months postpartum, the hair that should have shed during pregnancy may start to fall out. Between your hair follicles making up for lost time and normal daily shedding, it may seem like you’re losing a lot. The good news is postpartum hair loss is temporary. By the time you’re celebrating your baby’s first birthday, the extra shedding should taper off.

Is There Anything I Can Do About Postpartum Hair Loss?

You probably won’t be able to stop postpartum hair loss. But there are a few things you can do to deal with thinning locks. For example, treat your hair with extra TLC. Comb it gently when wet and consider cutting back on daily heat styling, which may damage hair.

It may also help to use a volumizing shampoo. Products containing silica and biotin may make hair appear fuller. Also, consider applying conditioner only to the ends. Applying it to your scalp may weigh hair down and make it look thinner.

If you wear a ponytail or bun, avoid pulling it too tightly. Pulling your hair up too tight places added stress on your hair and may contribute to hair loss.

While you don’t necessarily have to rush out and cut your hair, you may want to experiment with different hairstyles. Some looks may make hair appear fuller. For example, some women find a shorter hairdo makes their hair look thicker, plus it may be a time saver.

If your hair loss continues past a year postpartum or seems extensive, speak to your doctor, just to be sure there is not another cause.

Written by MaryAnn DePietro @writerlady34

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