Gentle Approach Can Beat Pregnancy-Related Hair Loss

Some changes pregnancy brings are welcome. Take your hair. You may have fuller locks than you had before. During pregnancy, hair looks thicker thanks to a boost in estrogen. This hormone surge keeps hair on your head that would normally fall out.

A few months after your baby is born, though, hormones go back to pre-pregnancy levels. When hair resumes its normal growth and loss cycle, you start to shed the extra hair. But don't be too concerned. The shedding normally peaks at about four months. You'll most likely see your hair return to its normal state before your baby's first birthday.

If the shedding bothers you, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner for fine hair. They also suggest putting the conditioner on just the ends of your hair to help it look fuller.

If you’re worried about your hair changes, talk with your healthcare provider. Treating the underlying issue often reverses hair loss. Don’t take any over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments during pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 4/12/2016

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