How to Deal with Postpartum Hair Loss

Deal with Postpartum Hair Loss

How to Deal with Postpartum Hair Loss
The joy of being a mother is incomparable! When you carry your baby, all the pain and problems you may have experienced during pregnancy go away. As you settle into a routine that majorly involves taking care of your baby, postpartum hair loss is a serious condition that most women face. Thick, full hair is one of the best chances of pregnancy.

Many pregnant women say that they have the best hair in their lives during pregnancy. Unfortunately, just like with pregnancy, ingrown hairs are temporary.

Your hair begins to thin a few weeks (8-12 weeks) after childbirth. You may find loose hairs on your pillows and clothes, or hairs clogging your shower drain.

This increase in hair loss is perfectly normal. Caused by a return to pre-pregnancy conditions. Hair loss after having a baby is not a sign that you are losing hair forever. Your hair should return to its normal growth pattern over time. By the time your baby is one year old, you can probably expect your hair to be as full as it usually is at the roots.


Tips for New Moms Experiencing Hair Loss Post-delivery.

Doctors recommend eating a healthy and balanced diet. It can help the hair to grow back after the shedding phase is over.

Use a volumizing shampoo

that contains ingredients like proteins that coat the hair, making it visible.
Avoid using heavy conditioners which can weigh down the hair and make it limp.

Try a new hairstyle

Many new moms prefer short hair. A short style can give a fuller look to the hair. Short hair is also easier to manage, which can save time.

Do not tie the hair too tight.

tight hair accessories like rubber ponytail holders or hair clips. Also, avoid very tight ponytails that cause traction and make hair fall out easily.
If your hair continues to thin or is not growing back, you can discuss this with your dermatologist. Your hair loss could be caused by other health problems, such as anemia or thyroid conditions, a vitamin D or vitamin B12 deficiency that needs correction. 
In severe cases, your dermatologist after a complete evaluation will advise you on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy which helps to regrow and restore the receded hairline.

With inputs from Dr. Deepti Ravi Shankar MD, FRGUHS Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, Davangere.