The Fourth Trimester: What You Should Know about Life Postpartum
Postpartum Alopecia: Why Is My Hair Falling Out?
The answer to almost any pregnancy question is usually the same … hormones. Those pesky chemicals are responsible for your hair falling out too. Normally about three-fourths of your hair is in the growth phase and one quarter is in resting or shedding phase. When you become pregnant, a larger percentage of hair enters the growth phase—so many women enjoy nine months of thick, lustrous hair. Once the baby’s born, your hormones shift into reverse and send higher than normal numbers of hair into the shedding phase, leaving some people with sparse, stringy hair and bald spots. Not all women suffer from this new-mom malady, and some only lose a few extra strands while others clog the shower drain. Postpartum hair loss generally occurs around three months after delivery and can last until six months. By the time your baby celebrates his first birthday your hair should be back to its former glory.
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