According to the American Pregnancy Association, postpartum hair loss (or telogen gravidarum) effects between 40 and 50 percent of women. It occurs two and four months after childbirth, and in most cases, it’s temporary. In efforts to prevent postpartum hair loss from happening, many women wonder if breastfeeding increases their risk. Read on to learn more about postpartum hair loss.
Why it Occurs
A woman experiences a surge of hormones during pregnancy. In the efforts to produce new, healthy life, the body produces an excess of estrogen to maintain normal levels. These hormonal changes cause an abundance of changes, such as the famous pregnancy glow. Unfortunately, once a woman has her baby, she experiences another sudden hormonal change, such as a drop in estrogen. This extreme and sudden shift can affect the natural growth cycle of a woman’s hair.
According to Christine Carlan Greves, an obstetrician and gynecologist, breastfeeding can also contribute to hair shedding. The act of breastfeeding increases prolactin levels in the body, which has also been associated with hair loss. That being said, not all new mothers who breastfeed will experience hair shedding.
Promoting Hair Growth
Postpartum hair loss cannot be prevented, but there are many measures you can take to promote hair growth and treating your hair. Consider using a volumizing shampoo, or a product that contains dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer). Avoid pulling your hair back into tight hairstyles like braids and ponytails. Lastly, consider safe supplements the promote healthy hair.
The Good News
Postpartum hair loss is temporary, and will most likely return to its normal state by the time your child is one year old. In the meantime, consider using a wig or hair topper to maintain your confidence. Schedule your initial consultation at Wigs and Hair Solutions today!
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Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.
At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.
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