Shedding After Pregnancy

During pregnancy your hormone levels are higher than normal which means an increased number of hairs goes into the ‘resting phase.’ Due to this part of the normal hair loss cycle, hair tends not to shed during pregnancy. It is more prone to shed during delivery or after pregnancy because hormone levels begin to return to normal and the hair that was in the ‘resting phase’ during pregnancy is now able to fall out.

While the condition is generally not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, it can be a bit unnerving. Still, the shedding usually decreases to normal 3 to 4 months after delivery. However, if you are experiencing unusual high amounts of hair loss, while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Otherwise, increased hair shedding, during this period, is completely normal. In fact, somewhere between 40 to 50% of women are affected by it; but like most changes during pregnancy, it is usually temporary. Your hair should resume its natural cycle between six to twelve months after pregnancy.

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