Are you experiencing post partnum hair loss? Female Hair Loss and Thinning Hair part 3.

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hair sheddingWhy do women experience post pregnancy hair loss?

Shedding is a normal part of the hair cycle. It is normal to lose up to 200 of strands a day.

One type of hair loss that many women experience is post partnum hair loss. Not every woman experiences hair loss after childbirth but many do.

If you are a new mother and notice that you are losing more hair than usual after you have given birth, this is normal and there is nothing to worry about.

Normally, each strand of hair goes through a cycle, where the hair goes it goes through a growing phase and then a resting phase.  All strands do not go through the same phase at the same time. Normally after the resting phase a hair will start to shed and a new hair begins to grow.

During pregnancy, there are higher levels of hormones that extend the growth phase and there is less hair in the resting phase. This causes a decrease in shedding and is the reason many women experience longer, thicker hair during pregnancy.

About three to six months after a woman gives birth, hormones decrease and more hairs go into the resting phase and begin to shed. All the hair that was not shed during those nine months of pregnancy begins to fall out. There is nothing you can do to stop the shedding but do not worry; the shedding should stop within a year of your baby’s birth.

If your child is older than a year and you are notice that you are still shedding, please see a doctor to find out if something else can be contributing to your hair loss .

In the meantime, you can experiment with styles that give the illusion of thicker hair.

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