Postpartum Hair Loss and How to cope

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
So, you've just spent the last 9 months, or there abouts growing a baby or two. Now you are probably at the dreary after birth side of having a new baby where your getting used to sleep deprivation, learning the different cries from your baby and all the poop that comes with it and also hair loss. Yes hair loss is part of the postpartum process, some days you may feel that you a literally pulling out clumps, whilst others you may begin to worry you are approaching baldness. 

On an average, women loose around 100 strands of hair each day, usually at the time of brushing and it becomes 'normal' and you notice it less. My poor bedroom floor is normally where mine tend to lay, I'm sure yours too. 100 strands seems a lot, but as it happens over the course of the day you barely notice. 

During pregnancy, you seem to have gorgeous flowing locks, as your oestrogen levels are higher, your body freezes hair in the growing stage. This means hair that would normally fall out stays in place, leading to thicker hair. 

Then we are postpartum and the hair loss begins, it usually starts within the third or fourth month and you will be glad to hear tends to end by the sixth month, but can last up to a year. After giving birth those oestrogen levels that were higher are now plummeting and the hair which was frozen in the growing stage have now left and are beginning to fall out. 

So how can you cope with postpartum hair loss?

Well, some women will barely even notice, when I had Jack, I didn't really tend to notice any difference as I had quite thick, long hair anyway. However, when I had Isla, my hair loss following seemed to be a lot more. Each pregnancy is different remember. 

I always notice strands around the home, on the sofa, on the flooring, in the carpets and of course in the plugholes but I occasionally also notice it around the children. Especially when they were younger and around me a lot more, more so tangled in those chubby little fingers. It's important to be careful and remove any hair as soon as possible, especially if on your children. Hair wrapped around their little joints can be really dangerous and cause a hair tourniquet, wrapping really tight and causing pain and discomfort. 

Some women, may be looking for measures to stop the hair falling out, but there is nothing you can do about the hair actually falling out, but you can do things to make life easier and you feel better. 

You may like to go for a new haircut, now don't go changing everything but you may find a new cut may make you feel better and something which would frame your other features. You may also like to try hair transplant costing around £3000. So yes this won't be for everyone, but some ladies may feel the need to go to these stages. 
You could also try a different colour for your hair, changing the colour always gives both yourself and your hair a boost. If you have dark hair you could try highlighting the front to act as a camouflage. 
You could also fall back in love with a ponytail, just apply some products to keep it tame and up in a ponytail it goes. Not only helping you but saving time in your new found motherhood. You could always mix it up with a bun or by adding in some accessories. Adding another feature into your hair will move the focus from the hair loss which you will be concerned about. 

Of course, if you feel that you are loosing more hair than you should be, you could talk with your GP or health professional. I've been lucky with my hair loss and although worse in after Isla, I found it quickly resolved and wasn't too bad that I needed to do much extra with it. 

What are you experiences with Postpartum hair loss? Do you have any tips to add in?

In Collaboration with Harley Street Hair Clinic

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