Pregnancy can come with a host of other complaints that might take you by surprise. If you are a first-time mommy, these conditions might come especially frightening. One of those conditions that you might experience is postpartum hair loss or postnatal alopecia.
What is Postnatal Alopecia
Postnatal alopecia is a totally normal condition which is caused by the rise and fall of the hormone estrogen among expectant women. Although not everyone who goes through pregnancy will experience the condition, close to 90% of women who does will.
Carrying a child causes the hormone estrogen to soar reducing the amount of hair loss that you usually experience. The usual frequency of hair loss is at 100 strands a day for the average person. But as soon as the baby comes out, your estrogen hormone takes a plunge and the frequency of hair loss goes back to usual. Plus, all those hair strands that were supposed to drop out in the course of the pregnancy start to drop out as well.
So, four months or so after your baby comes out, it would feel like you are shedding more hair than usual. When this start to happen, you might think you are balding with all those clumps of hair dropping out. But it’s totally nothing to worry about and is very common. The excessive shedding will subside 12 months or so after your baby comes out.
What you can do
While experiencing postnatal alopecia, there are a few things you can try to work around the shedding.
The first thing you can do is to use volumizing shampoo. Also, refrain from putting on too many heavy products on your hair at the time. Avoid using conditioner as well. Last and most important, be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. Make sure you are eating right every time.
Your hair needs you to be gentler with it while you are experiencing postnatal alopecia so keep these tips in mind.
Bringing it all together
Postnatal alopecia is one of those conditions which might scare moms especially if you have not experienced this condition before. But, it’s a totally common condition and will resolve when your hormones level out. Yes, it might be a bit scary. But we know it’s worth it when you see your little bundle of joy smile with so much zest for life!