Your new baby is absolutely beautiful, and the pangs of childbirth are starting to fade. You’re excited about getting your pre-pregnancy figure back so that you can once again look your best. Just when everything seems back on track and you’re adapting to your new routines, you notice that more hair than normal is coming out in your hairbrush. As the days pass, you continue to have the same problem, and you’re starting to see thinning patches on your scalp. Unless you’ve prepared yourself in advance for this moment, you’re in for quite a shock. However, if you spend some time while you’re pregnant reading about post-pregnancy changes in your body, you’ll already understand that this is a normal part of the process.
Many changes take place in your body while you are pregnant. It has to turn into a habitat that houses two instead of just one, and it needs to offer proper incubation and nutrition to the developing fetus. Nature has arranged for your body to know just what to do in situations like this. Hormones kick into operation in order to prepare for the upcoming event, and you may find yourself being constipated, fatigued, or having nasal congestion and morning sickness. All of these things, and more, can be attributed to your pregnancy. There are also a lot of things you can’t see or feel that take place within your body, but they are happening.
One of these invisible changes is in your scalp and your hair. During your pregnancy, while your body is full of testosterone and low on estrogen, your hair won’t fall out as it normally would. It’s typical for a person to lose 100 strands of hair each day making room for new, healthy hair shafts. This process just doesn’t happen during pregnancy. You may notice that prior to your baby being born your hair is thicker than it has ever been and has slightly changed color. Don’t fall in love with your new hair, though, because after pregnancy, everything will go back to the way it was before you conceived.
It will take a few months for your body to return to it’s normal state, but around 3-4 months after you’ve given birth, you can expect the hair to fall out and resume it’s normal cycle. This means that the hair you didn’t lose for nine months is going to fall out all at once. There are a few things you can do to alleviate the situation, such as switching to satin pillowcases so the friction doesn’t cause extra hair loss or by eating a healthy diet which will translate into healthier hair. Just don’t get too worried by this phenomenon, because it will pass, and your lovely locks will return again in a few months.