- by Dr Sachith Abraham
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- Jan 16 2018
WHAT IS POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS & HOW TO DEAL WITH IT?
As a new mom, you could be experiencing a surprising level of hair shedding in the first few months post-delivery. This may seem scary and an added stressor to an already highly stressful period. However, there is no need to panic as this is a perfectly normal situation that many new mothers go through.
WHAT IS POST PREGNANCY HAIR LOSS?
Postpartum hair loss or hair fall is the sudden shedding of hair in new mothers after delivery usually around the third and sixth month after the baby.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Pregnancy causes an increase in hormones, especially estrogen that prevents you from losing hair. However, post pregnancy, your estrogen level plummets and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Your hormones return to the normal levels post pregnancy, putting your body in a hypo-estrogen state, making you lose hair as the usual hair growth-shedding cycle is back to normal. Once, the resting period is over, your hair tends to fall out, especially when you are brushing or shampooing it – before being replaced by new growth.
Apart from changes in hormone levels, breastfeeding and stress also contribute to hair fall. Breastfeeding leads to an increased prolactin level that could lead to shedding. Similarly, physiological stressors such as surgical trauma, postpartum depression and the responsibility of a new baby could all lead to an increase in the cortisol levels, leading to hair loss.
HOW TO MANAGE THIS CONDITION?
As mentioned earlier, this is a fairly normal condition that often affects women with longer hair. You can take certain steps to manage this till hair starts growing back on its own.
Talk to your doctor who may prescribe medications, depending upon the severity of your condition. However, breastfeeding mothers should opt for medications with care as the contents in the medication could pass on to the baby.
Use home remedies such as amla, curd, fenugreek, onion, eggs and other natural products for your hair.
Regularly massage, oil and shampoo your hair.
Consume a diet that is rich in Omega-3 and fats to promote hair growth.
Exercise and do yoga to reduce stress and increase blood circulation.
Childbirth is a hectic phase and you may not get enough time for yourself and ignore your health and well-being, leading to health issues for you. Postpartum hair fall, although normal may become excessive and could require medical attention.
If you are experiencing severe hair fall, consult a doctor to avoid further damage.
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