Pregnancy and Hair Loss
Having a baby is, undoubtedly one of most joyful life experiences ever—unfortunately, it’s paired with some unwanted side effects. Hair loss is one that is especially depressing. Here at VTC, we hear from many women who had a baby months or even years ago, and experienced some or excessive hair thinning afterward. Often, these women wait patiently, expecting the hair will grow back— while sometimes it does, there are some cases where it doesn’t, perhaps because of other stressful life events that further influence their natural hair growth cycles.
Expectations for Pregnancy and Hair Loss
Here, in brief, is what we tell the women who experience hair loss following pregnancy: It’s normal & temporary. Give yourself some time to recuperate, and often you’ll find that the shedding and the hair loss do subside and the hair that was lost will be recovered. If you allow yourself that recovery time and are still dealing with hair loss, though—and if it’s something that worries you—then we recommend seeking treatment. It is by no means a must, especially not if your hair loss levels are acceptable to you—but if you find yourself distraught over the hair you’re losing, treatments from VTC can certainly help.
How Pregnancy Triggers Hair Loss
Why is hair loss after pregnancy or post-partum hair loss so common? To better understand that, you first need to understand what happens to the hair during pregnancy.
Most women will tell you that, during their pregnancy, their hair became thicker, more beautiful and longer than ever before. That’s because your hair follicles normally alternate between resting and growing phases, part of their natural rhythm. The hormones experienced during pregnancy effectively block that resting phase, though—so while you are normally shedding hair each day as part of that natural process, during pregnancy you don’t shed any, which makes your hair seem longer and fuller.
After you give birth, though, your hormones will effectively level out again—and so, two or three months after you have your baby, it’s not at all unusual to experience shedding. This shedding might alarm you, but again, it’s normal—part of your hair growth cycle reverting to normal.
After the shedding tapers off, it usually takes about six months for your hair start to grow back just like it did pre-pregnancy. If you don’t find this to be the case, we do encourage you to seek treatment—and, assuming you aren’t nursing your baby, there is really much that can be done.
Treatment for Post-Partum Hair Loss
If you decide to go for a hair loss treatment after childbirth, the treatments we can provide you with here at Vivandi Trichology Center are basically just minor lifestyle changes, intake of some nutritional supplements or vitamins and some scalp serum to stimulate hair growth. However, in more serious cases, our trichologist might recommend a low level laser therapy, mesotherapy or other anti-hair loss treatments —all of which can replace the hair you’ve lost and help curb further shedding.
The best way to commence treatment is to come see us for a private consultation with our trichologist. The sooner the better. If you’ve experienced hair shedding for more than six months and has become a reason for concern, that means it’s time for you to heed the expert advice of a professional and schedule a consultation. Contact VTC today to learn more. Call us at 04-335 3336 to book a consultation.