managing post partum hair loss

How to Manage Post Partum Hair Loss

Bringing a new baby into the world is one of life's greatest experiences, but it comes with its own set of challenges. One of these challenges that many new mothers face is postpartum hair loss. This can be a distressing and distracting issue, but understanding its causes and knowing how to manage it can make a big difference to your overall hair health. 


What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss?

Postpartum hair loss is usually caused by hormonal changes. During pregnancy, high levels of estrogen prevent your hair from shedding as it normally would. This canlead to a thicker head of hair.

However, after childbirth, estrogen levels can drop dramatically, and the extra hair that was gained may be shed quickly in a short space of time. This can unfortunately result in noticeable, patchy hair loss.

How Long Does Postpartum Hair Loss Last?

The length of time that someone can be affected by post partum hair loss can differ from person to person. In a majority of cases it begins around three months after childbirth and can last for several months. Most women may see a significant reduction in post partum hair loss after 3 to 6 months (HSE 2023). In rare cases, it can take up to a year or more for hair to return to its pre-pregnancy thickness.

What Can Be Done to Ease Postpartum Hair Loss?

While it remains difficult to completely stop postpartum hair loss, there are several things you can do to manage your hair and promote healthy hair growth.


Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is crucial for overall health, including hair health. Focus on foods that are high in iron, protein, and vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients can help strengthen your hair and support growth.


Gentle Hair Care

Be gentle with your hair to prevent additional breakage. Avoid harsh hairstyles that pull on your scalp, such as tight ponytails or braids. It's also a good idea to limit the use of hair styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. If washing your hair be gentle in the shampooing stage - if using a scalp brush in your regular hair routine be sure to brush as gently as possible, but avoid if hair loss persists. 


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Use the Right Hair Products

Choose shampoos and conditioners that are designed to add volume and are gentle on your hair. Hair growth products like the Grow It hair supplement with ingredients like biotin or zinc can help improve the strength and thickness of your hair. Avoid products with harsh sulfates that can strip your hair of its natural oils.


Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health and can also impact the health of your hair. Staying hydrated helps keep your hair follicles healthy and promotes hair growth.


Consider Supplements

If your diet isn't providing all the nutrients you need, consider taking supplements. Vitamins such as vitamin D and iron can support hair health as well as overall health. However, it's important to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement, especially if you are breastfeeding.


Manage Stress

Stress can exacerbate hair loss, so finding ways to manage stress is crucial. Consider incorporating relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or even short daily walks into your routine. Ensuring you get enough sleep is also important, though it can be challenging with a new baby.

Try to share the load with a partner or take regular breaks when you can. Stress can greatly affect our day to day health, so it's important that you look after yourself as best as you can.


Consult a Professional

If your hair loss seems excessive or if you're concerned, it may be helpful to consult your doctor. They can check for underlying conditions, such as thyroid issues or nutrient deficiencies, which might contribute to hair loss. 

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