Postpartum Hair Loss (Telogen Effluvium)
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Just what I need after being pregnant is Hair Loss. Said no one ever.
50% of women will have massive amounts of hair shedding (TE) after being pregnant.
The body when it is pregnant uses a lot of your energy for making a baby, not making hair, this is why your hair is full & shiny during pregnancy.
However after pregnancy, some of us experience TE. This massive amount of hair shedding can be very traumatic.
The shedding usually occurs 3 - 5 months after pregnancy and the shedding lasts 6 weeks to 3 months. There are a few things that will help but in reality your body is going to make the decision for you.
The good thing is when the hair is pushed into the Telogen phase it automatically is producing a new hair! You can acually see the little white bulb at the end of the hairs that are in your brush. This is a good thing!! The new hair is already growing!!
What can you do?
We don't want to pull out hairs that are not ready to shed. Be careful when your hair is wet & stay away from tight pony tails & headbands.
Be patient & stress free
I know this is a hard one but hair grows slow. It only grows about 1/2 inch per month.
Stay on those prenatal vitamins
Prenatal Vitamins are so good for you and the baby during pregnancy but continue to take them after too until your bodies hormones are back to normal then switch to a Pure Hair, Skin & Nail vitamin.
Eat Protein & Antioxidants
Antioxidants play an important role in reproducing cells for hair growth. Dark Greens, sweet potatoes, berries, & fiber are a great source of antioxidants.
Get a good Hair growing shampoo
Not only will Hair growing shampoos keep the hair follicle strong & nourished but it will also keep the hair in the growing stage for a longer period of time.
*Note - If you are wanting to use Minoxidil (rogaine) products please read my blog on Minoxidil before you start.