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Post Natal Hair Loss

also known as "post-partum telogen effluvium"

Post Natal Hair Loss typically happens during the 6th and up to the 30th week, postpartum period (pregnancy ends, or child birth occurs). Post natal hair loss is normally noticed 9 to 12 weeks after the birth.

Hormones after the birth or end of the pregnancy will change quickly, and the hormonal change will often cause a disturbance in hair growth.

They are both a normal type of hair loss, which is temporary in nature, returning to normal when the post partum hormones again return to their normal levels.

Essentially what happens, is that the post partum hormones have a different ratio to each other.  During pregnancy, oestrogen is allot more plentiful, but post natally, the hormone progesterone gets the upper hand for a while.  It is the excessively high levels of progesterone that can sometimes cause the post natal hair loss.

If you end a pregnancy early, you can also experience this type of hair loss.

If you are breast feeding, you should avoid all treatments to restore your hair, as the chemicals may enter your blood stream and affect your baby in some way.

For example, how would you feel, if you tried treating your post natal hair loss, only to find that your baby started growing hair where hair shouldn't be growing, or started growing a cancer?

On a more positive side, post natal hair loss and end of pregnancy are not normally going to lead to baldness and although post natal hair loss is common enough amongst women following child birth, it still does not affect the majority of women.

With post natal hair loss and balding, expect for the most part, that it will not even be noticeable

Even if you do come down with post natal hair loss, expect nothing more than a slight thinning of the hair.

Very rarely will post natal hair loss evolve into anything worse

Basically, post natal hair loss is no big deal.

So, if you do start to come down with some hair loss after delivering your baby, don't worry, just look at the bundle of joy and enjoy, knowing it isn't at all likely that your hair loss will get to the point where it is noticeable.

Even if the hair loss does become noticeable, it's only likely a few more weeks and your hair will start to recover again.

If the hair loss is uncomfortable for you in public, you can always try wearing a hat.

In case your wondering, yes you can have pregnancy hair loss, followed by post natal hair loss, but honestly, you are still likely to keep your scalp covered with hair pretty well.

How do pregnancy hormones cause female hair loss and baldness?

One way to conceptualize female hair loss, at least post natally, is that the pregnancy hormones stimulates the hair to keep growing, with the hair resting cycle of growth being temporarily suspended. When the pregnancy hormones subside, ie post natally, much to all of the hair suddenly enters the resting phase of growth - which means the hair that is falling out or breaking off, is not being replaced by new hair.

This hair loss caused by pregnancy hormones returning to non-pregnancy levels, is not proven as such, but is an interesting conjecture, as to why the absence of pregnancy hormones play a part in hair loss post natally.

So, if you noticed a fuller head of hair during pregnancy, then it is much more likely that hair loss will occur post natally.


Post natal and Pregnancy Hair Loss In Conclusion

I hope that this page has dispelled many of the needless worries and concerns regarding post natal hair loss.

Always mention any hair loss to your doctor, so that a proper medical diagnosis can be made. It is remotely possible that hair loss experienced during pregnancy may be due to something other the pregnancy or past partum hormone changes.

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