post-partumAmy Childs has come a long way since her appearance on the cult series “TOWIE”. After branching out into the world of fashion, the 27-year-old star has recently undergone another major change in her life – she gave birth to daughter Polly.

However, like many women, Childs has discovered a common nasty side effect of pregnancy – hair loss. In desperation, she turned to her fellow Instagram followers for advice on how to treat the condition.

She claims she already takes vitamins but wanted to see if there was anything else she could be doing. So, what should you do if you suffer with post-partum hair loss?

Understanding post-partum hair loss

Post-partum hair loss is extremely common in women yet many are too embarrassed to talk about. Therefore, although Childs didn’t have any advice to share with her followers, the fact she brought it up is a positive step in raising awareness of the condition.

A lot of women suffer with hair loss shortly after giving birth and it’s all down to changes within the hormones. In pregnancy, the levels of Oestrogen increase, causing the hair to grow for longer periods of time before it starts to fall out. Then, after giving birth the hormones drop and return to their normal levels, causing the hair to fall out in much larger clumps than usual.

It typically lasts for 10-12 weeks before the growth cycle settles down and gets back to normal. So, you could just wait it out and suffer with the temporary thinning and hair loss, but if you don’t feel you can do that there are alternatives.

Treating post-partum hair loss

No significant treatment is required due to the fact post-partum hair loss is only temporary. However, things you can do to help minimise the damage include:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Topical treatments such as Minoxidil
  • Change your hair cut

The hair needs plenty of nutrients to grow strong and healthy, so eating a balanced, nutrition packed diet should be your first step. If the hair loss is mild to moderate, trying a topical treatment such as Minoxidil could make a significant difference. Or, you could even just try changing your hair to a shorter style. This will help to make it look naturally fuller and is one of the reasons why you often see new mothers sporting new, short hair.

Overall, the main thing to remember is post-partum hair loss is temporary. However, if it does carry on for more than 3 months, be sure to have it checked out by a doctor or speak to a specialist hair loss clinic.