Hair Loss During Pregnancy


When a woman first finds out that she may be pregnant, “hair loss” typically is not that the first thought that comes to mind.

While there could be a lot of anxiety involved, most women think of love, happiness, a family, how to best prepare for the new arrival, and keeping themselves healthy and fit during the pregnancy. In fact, when it comes to a woman’s hair, during pregnancy most women tend to think that their hair is thicker and more luminous than its ever been before!

So why are we talking about hair loss during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, while hair during pregnancy tends to be healthy, shiny, and stronger than ever, post pregnancy begs a different story. If you’re not prepared with pregnancy facts, it can come as a huge surprise when you begin to lose hair after the baby is born.

So how can you properly prepare for what’s to come? Read on to learn about common pregnancy myths, hair loss during pregnancy, and what you can do to help your hair after giving birth…

Pregnancy & Hair Loss

There are certain things that happen to your body during pregnancy that not every woman loves; luckily the way hair looks and feels during pregnancy is not one of these things…

In fact, those nine months of being pregnant are some of the best hair days you will experience! Hair normally grows in three stages: active growth, resting, and shedding.During pregnancy though, the increased estrogen hormones in your body cause this cycle to shift, and hair that would normally shed continues to stay in the growing or resting phase. Therefore, hair that would normally fall out stays in, resulting in longer and thicker hair.

Some women even experience shinier hair, or a change in texture during pregnancy. Although these pregnancy facts about hair sound pretty incredible, unfortunately continued growth and
thicker hair doesn’t last forever. Once the baby is born, hair begins to return to its normal cycle, and with it comes some unexpected hair woes…

Hair Fall Out Post-Pregnancy

While hair fall out post-pregnancy is nothing to look forward to, it’s also completely normal and should not be cause for alarm. About three to six months after giving birth is when you can expect to see a change in your hair. As you hair returns to its normal hair cycle and estrogen levels decrease, the hair that never went through the shedding process finally begins to shed, and hair fall out can be quick and sudden.

Don’t fret! Shedding while you’re recovering from pregnancy is normal and healthy, and doesn’t mean you’re deficient in nutrients or vitamins. Normally hair returns to its regular cycle within six months, but for some women it can take up to a year. Rest assured it will grow back!

Hair fall out can happen in a number of different ways. Sometimes hair falls out all over the head, or it can happen when you brush your hair. Other times it may happen in the shower when you’re washing your hair. Most often though, women end up losing hair around their hairline, and hair tends to look very fine or thin in the front. Since every woman is different, the best thing you can do for yourself is know some important pregnancy facts.That way, when something happens, like hair loss post-pregnancy, you’ll be able to assess the situation with accurate information and minimize stress.

Even though some aspects of your post-pregnancy life can be overwhelming, we have some great hair tips and tricks you can use to help during this recovery process…

Products to Help with Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

It may feel like the end of the world when you begin to lose hair post-pregnancy, but there are a couple of different options available to you that can help during this stressful time. The first thing that you can do for your hair is start taking hair loss supplements. A hair, skin, and nails vitamin that contains biotin and keratin will help promote healthy hair growth while nourishing existing hair follicles. For new hair to grow, it needs to be supported and strengthened, and a hair loss supplement will help ensure the body is replete with the nutrients needed for that extra support. It’s important to make sure you are taking a hair loss supplement twice a day so that your hair and body can achieve the maximum benefits possible.

Just because you have hair loss during pregnancy doesn’t mean anyone has to know. If your hair begins to fall out, it’s easy to cover any thin or thinning areas with Toppik Hair Building Fibers. These Hair Fibers are made of natural keratin fibers that look just like your own hair. They cling to existing hair with a natural static charge and blend seamlessly, concealing any areas where thinning may be happening. Depending on the coverage needed, you can either spray Hair Fibers into your hair or sprinkle where needed to make thinning areas instantly disappear.

Have you ever experienced hair loss during or after pregnancy? Tell us in the comments section about your experience, and if anything helped you get through this trying time.

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Contributed by: Lindsay, a content marketing and social media guru. Specializing in hair loss education, hairstyling and all things beauty related.

7 Responses

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    1. Hi Kelly, Thanks for your question! Unfortunately, we haven’t specifically tested the product with consumers who are breastfeeding. We’d recommend asking your healthcare provider before using any hair or beauty products while breastfeeding.

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  3. briella p

    I had the same experience! After I had my baby my hair started falling out like crazy. After many doctor visits and tests, he recommended that I use a natural shampoo, because my post-baby body was now not having a good reaction to the chemicals in shampoos. He recommended the Made from Earth Tea & Protein Shampoo, because its all natural, and has proteins in it.

    After about one week, I could see my hair getting stronger and filling out more. It has stopped falling out now. You will need a condtioner after using this shampoo, because it does make your hair like squeaky clean (from the tea tree oil), but its worth it because you get your hair back!

  4. Greyscale

    A very useful article, thank you! Its’ the truth that very many women suffer from the hair loss during pregnancy and after it and yeah sometimes this process can continue for a year…:( I think that in such case it’s always better to consult with a doc.
    Also you mentioned here some good tips and products for restoring the hair, that’s really cool! 🙂 I can also add that these recommendations http://machohairstyles.com/best-tips-on-coping-bad-hairline/ are useful too 🙂 Taking vitamins is a perfect idea but it’s better to combine them with good hair products, pure natural oils and well balanced diet for the much better effect 🙂

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