The joys of becoming a new mother are unmatched by any, but childbirth does not come without its highs and lows. New mothers experience a variety of challenges, from postpartum depression to hair loss. Discover why postpartum hair loss occurs, and what to do when it happens to you.
Hair Loss Associated with Childbirth
Also known as telogen effluvium, excessive hair shedding commonly occurs two to four months after the child is born. During a woman’s pregnancy, her body experiences an increase of estrogen. Hormonal imbalances are a common side effect of childbirth, and often the body doesn’t produce enough estrogen for a woman’s hair to grow naturally. According to the American Pregnancy Association, postpartum hair loss affects between 40 and 50 percent of women.
A woman’s body experiences a variety of other postpartum changes despite natural hormonal imbalances. Breastfeeding can also contribute to hair shedding because it increases prolactin levels in the body. Prolactin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that is responsible for breast milk production.
The Three Stages of Hair Growth
There are three natural states of hair growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen. During anagen, hair growth occurs. Catagen is known as the waiting phase because it refers to the intermediate period during the growing stage. Telogen, the shedding stage, occurs when your hair falls off naturally, and the cycle begins again.
During postpartum hair loss, hair remains in the telogen phase until a woman’s hormones or mental state return to normal. In most cases, women experience new hair growth a year after childbirth.
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