Postpartum Milestones: Hair Fall That Clogs your Drain

Most women enjoy thick and lustrous mane of hair during pregnancy. I started noticing the change in my hair some time around the second trimester and was wowed. They were thick-er and bouncy-er and SHINY-er!
The thicker and bouncier part was due to the hormones, the shiny-er bit was most likely due to a healthy diet and prenatal vitamins. I could feel the difference while brushing through them and the best part, I didn’t have to clean may hair brush after each use. There was zero hair fall, ZERO. Now that was something to be excited about!

So normally what happens is that 85-95% of the hair on your head is in the ‘growing’ phase and the rest is in the ‘resting’ phase of the growth cycle. The hair in the ‘resting’ phase eventually fall out and is replaced by new hair. During pregnancy, the increased levels of estrogen in a women’s body prolong the growing phase of the cycle. Hence, fewer hair in the resting phase and even fewer tangled in the bristles of your hair brush. Basically, the hair that would otherwise have fallen out in a normal cycle now stay put. The result, thicker, voluminous hair!

However, like all good things, this glorious hair-tale must also come to an end. The estrogen levels take a tumble after you give birth. A lot more hair follicles now start entering the resting phase and eventually your drain starts getting clogged after each shower and your hair brush turns into bird’s nest after each use.

For most women, the postpartum hair fall starts around the third month. Breastfeeding moms may have some extra hair hanging on to their scalp just a little longer, until they start weaning or supplementing their baby with formula or solids. But all is not lost and this definitely does not indicate the start of your life as a baldie. Its a temporary phase and the shedding tapers off between 6-12 months. N
o matter how much you’d rather have those luxuriant tresses from pregnancy days, by the time your baby is ready to blow candles on his/her first birthday,  your hair growth cycle should be back to normal and the health of your hair would be back to those pre-pregnancy days.

Being a little careful about simple things may help you get through this shedding phase with a little less frustration and a little more hope.

1 - Brush thoroughly and regularly to ensure good blood flow. Use a wide-toothed brush or comb to minimize tangling.

2 - Oil as much as you can and avoid shampooing unnecessarily (that is, if your baby gives you the time to shower).

3 - Take your postnatal vitamin supplements religiously.

4 - Avoid tight up-dos.

5 - Avoid blow drys, flattening irons and chemical usage as much as possible.

6 - If you have long hair, this might be a good time to try a shorter cut and refresh your look!

Here's to postpartum milestones, cheers!

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