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Hair Loss After Childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth are full of new experiences, some of them more confusing and even frustrating than others. When hair becomes thick and vibrant during pregnancy, but then begins to fall out and become dull after childbirth, it can leave many women wondering what is going on. While not all women experience these sudden hair extremes, it's very common, and it all has to do with hormones.

The Cycles of Hair Growth

To understand the changes in hair during pregnancy and childbirth, it's best to start with the basics of hair growth.

Anagen, or growth phase:

Every month each individual hair will grow about half an inch. This continues for two to seven years.

Catagen, or transition phase:

This stage only lasts about 10 to 14 days, during which the hair follicles get smaller and detach.

Telogen, or resting phase:

This phase of the hair growth cycle lasts around three months, then the hair follicles rest before beginning the anagen phase once again.

Exogen, or shedding phase:

This phase is actually an extension of the resting, or telogen, phase. It's completely normal for 50 to 150 hairs to fall out each day during this phase.

Big, Beautiful Pregnancy Hair

Now that you know the basics of the hair growth cycle, it's easier to understand what happens to hair during pregnancy and childbirth. Scientists believe that the increase of the hormone estrogen during pregnancy bumps up the length of the anagen, or growth, phase. This means less hair is lost than normal.

Hair Loss After Childbirth

After childbirth, estrogen levels begin to return to normal. This can cause hair to stay in the telogen phase of the hair cycle. It may seem like it is falling out in alarmingly large amounts and hair can become dull and brittle as hormones balance back out. All of this is normal, and things can take a few months to settle back down.

If hair loss is still a problem a few months after childbirth or you simply don't feel like yourself anymore, it may be a good idea to have your hormone levels checked. With all the changes that pregnancy and childbirth bring, it can be hard to remember what feeling normal is even like anymore. This is why it's always best to have a quick look at your hormone levels to help make sure things are where they should be, and if not, a simple fix to balance hormones could help change your life.

Call Dr. Foster, the Vitality Doctor, today at 760-670-3621.

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