Hair loss after pregnancy

I had heard about it from my mom and friends. Hair loss after pregnancy.

About 2 months ago my hair started falling out like crazy. When I wash it, brush it, touch it or just by me moving my head it seems. It was and still is everywhere!

This isn’t normal I started thinking.

Well, it is.

According to Baby Center, it’s what happens to most women after pregnancy. (Just like postpartum)

You see, normally, about 85 to 95% of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15% is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you’re brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. (what a tease!)

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble (along with so many other things. lol) and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

Of course not all of us women notice the same dramatic change in their hair. Some are luckier than others.

The good thing is that we are not going bald. And within the first year after giving birth, we should have our pre pregnancy hair back.

Phew! 😉

Here’s looking back at my great pregnancy hair (where did all my curls go?) and looking forward to great pre pregnancy hair again. Here I am back in September 2009 almost 8 months pregnant with Lily.