Most new mothers have a problem with hair loss after giving childbirth, some less, some a bit more. You certainly have noticed during the pregnancy, that your hair was fabulous like on tv commercial? All the concern is in this fact: how you had a phenomenal hair on which everyone envied you for nine months, and suddenly, so much hair stays on the brush, it looks like a horror movie scene every time you want to fix your hair.
A decrease of Estrogen and Lack of Vitamins are Main Causes of Hair Loss After Childbirth
The cause of hair loss after childbirth should be sought before delivery. In the pregnancy period, women’s body experiences significant changes. Hormones are crazy, and the hair is lush, healthy and nourished. A high level of estrogen is responsible for the silky look of the hair. This hormone keeps hair on the head during pregnancy. As the hormone level grows in the last trimester of pregnancy, the hair becomes the most brilliant. However, after delivery, when the level of estrogen decreases and hormones are normalized, sudden hair loss begins. The most sensitive parts of the scalp are on the crown of the head.
About 40% of the hair that did not fall in pregnancy, and it was needed because it is a normal phenomenon, it is now beginning to fall. It is normal to lose 100 to 125 hairs a day, but after childbirth, this number is five times higher, up to 500 hairs a day dropping in that period. This usually happens sometime around the twelfth week when hormones stabilize. First, you will notice that the hair is thin, dry and muddy.
But it’s not all in hormones. The second cause of hair loss after pregnancy is the lack of vitamins and minerals in the post-delivery period. During pregnancy, body stores all minerals and vitamins, and after the birth of their reserve, they begin to consume. The levels of iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D that feed the hair follicle in the post-delivery and breastfeeding period disappears. Their defect is also reflected on the hair. Hair follicle does not get enough vitamins and minerals, hair weakens and falls. Bleeding during childbirth contributes to the reduction of these elements, especially vitamins B and C, iron and zinc.
Lifestyle After Childbirth Has Influence On Hair Loss
Lack of sleep is an additional cause of hair loss after delivery. It is rare for a new mom to sleep during the day when the baby is asleep, because at that time they catch up with other obligations about the baby or they take the time to do something for themselves, and at night a dream is interrupted for two to four hours to feed the baby. Then there is stress, which was created due to the change in the whole life situation. Anxiety about whether moms are doing everything right, whether the baby is hungry and healthy, whether it is progressing well, then stress about milk, stress about a million things. All this affects healthy follicle hair, on healthy hair. It is therefore essential to rest after delivery.
In the period of pregnancy and after childbirth, having a balanced diet is vital for both you and the baby. Irregular nutrition, too many foods that quickly solve the hunger problem, such as carbohydrates, and above all dough, sweets, snacks and sweetened juices. Healthy nutrition is the diet that provides the body with an optimal intake of calories, vitamins, and minerals, as well as a regular intake of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The priority in the diet should be meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts (almond, nut, hazelnut). Nutrition based on high-quality food intake makes the entire organism more durable, stronger and healthier and therefore makes the hair healthier.
What Can Women Do To Prevent Hair Loss After a Pregnancy?
For hair recovery, it takes time, but also adequate care. One way to feed your hair is coconut oil. Put it on the dry ends of your hair, and you will soon notice that the hair is nourished and fresher. Choose always natural hair care, without chemistry and ingredients that additionally burden hair follicles. Use natural shampoos without parabens, silicones, and sulfates to keep your hair fresh during washing. This is very important for the full recovery of hair. All dermatologists recommend olive oil in the first place. It stimulates growth and nourishes head and the follicle itself, preventing the decline. Find a hairstyle that can be installed without the use of accessories iron, rubber, gels, hairspray …). Shorter hair is healthier in the period of the renewal of the scalp. Always dry your hair naturally if your weather conditions allow it. Find a color that is more similar to your natural hair color. Significant changes postpone for 12 months after delivery. Use gentle hair brushes. Always gently comb your hair. Sharp movements, brushing and tearing up the hair damage and loosen the hair follicles. Use medium temperature water during washing.