Giving birth is one of the most magical, joyous experiences a woman can go through. However, the changes it can cause in the body aren’t given as much recognition as they should. Postpartum hair loss is a classic example. While up to 50% of women experience hair loss after giving birth, very few openly admit it.
Blogger, Haley Depass, has broken the silence over this common, devastating side effect in the hopes of raising awareness. So, what is postpartum hair loss and is it something you should be worried about?
Understanding postpartum hair loss
During pregnancy, the estrogen levels skyrocket, stopping the normal hair growth cycle in its tracks. This initially results in a full, thick, shiny head of hair.
However, after giving birth, the hormone levels drop dramatically, triggering the hair cycle, and pushing hair to fall out at a fast, worrying pace.
For most women, this results as an overall thinning, though it can also cause patchy hair loss.
So, as well as having to deal with stretch marks, extra weight and excess skin, hair loss can really push your emotions over the edge.
Is there anything you can do?
Postpartum hair loss is completely natural, even if it isn’t discussed as often as it should be. It’s also important to know that it’s a temporary problem. Any hair loss you experience from two months to a year after giving birth isn’t permanent. It will grow back and it is 100% normal.
Of course, this doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when it happens. So what can you do? Many women choose to have their hair cut shorter to hide the problem and this can give you a confidence boost. There’s also topical treatments which can accelerate the rate at which the hair grows back.
Overall, postpartum hair loss can be worrying, but it is a temporary problem that will rectify itself. Investing in temporary treatments to cover up and boost your confidence a little is a really good idea.