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Postpartum Hair Loss

After delivery hair loss is perfectly normal and theirs is nothing to worry about it. It’s totally temporary. Hair loss after pregnancy, or after stressful event it is called as telogen effluvium. Your hair should be back to normal within in some months.

Most women will return to their usual hair growth within 6 to12 months after birth. Postpartum hair loss does not happen to every women after delivery.

During the period of pregnancy, the levels of estrogen increased. Only because of hormonal changes during pregnancy stimulate an increase in the percentage of hairs in the growth phase. This activity mainly starts at around three months after birth.

Hair growth Phases - points important in Postpartum hair loss

Normal hair growth in three phases namely as Anagen Phase, Catagen Phase, Telogen Phase.

  1. Catagen Phase – The lower portion of the follicle involutes during a two-week span.
  2. Anagen Phase – The cells of the hair bulb actively divide and produce a growing hair. Normally, 85% to 90% of all scalp hairs are found in this phase.
  3. Telogen Phase – In this phase hair is not growing but remains loose in hair shaft until it falls out.

Note for a moms who have long hair they can tie their hair end up tightly wrapped around your baby's tiny appendages, such as his fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, and penis. This is called a hair tourniquet, it may be quite painful for your little one. In this situation babies are affected, usually because of an age when their mother post-delivery hair loss is at its peak means around four months after the birth.

If you are not comfortable with this new situation then you can change hairstyle for shorter period. You can also try for good oil shampoo. Avoid using a brush or comb that pulls or stresses the hair.

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