Something that many people don’t consider, understandably, is how pregnancy can affect your hair. Women account for up to 40% of Americans that suffer from hair loss – through pregnancy, stress, medication, and age.
Pregnancy does cause many changes in the body that have certain side effects. Increased estrogen, for example, occurs during pregnancy. Higher levels of estrogen in the body is known to slow natural hair shedding. While it sounds like that should mean hair loss during pregnancy should be rare, it’s actually more complicated than that.
Can Pregnancy Cause Your Hair To Fall Out?
It is possible to lose hair directly related to pregnancy. There is a condition called Telogen Effluvium which is temporary hair loss that can occur during the first few months of pregnancy. It is caused by a shock to the system that causes excessive shedding of your resting hair.
Hair loss after childbirth, or postpartum hair loss is more common. Your estrogen levels are higher during pregnancy, and after delivery, your hormone levels drop back to what your normal levels were prior. The higher estrogen levels slow down the time it takes for your hair to shed, and having those levels drop could expedite your hair shedding causing temporary hair loss and hair thinning after pregnancy.
Another, albeit less common, cause of pregnancy-related hair loss is postpartum thyroiditis. It’s inflammation of the thyroid that takes place after childbirth which has a hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism phase. While hair loss is a factor with an inflamed thyroid, other complications such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression can also occur.
How Long Does Your Hair Fall Out After Having A Baby?
This will depend on the cause of hair loss. Hair loss resulting from changes in hormone levels can take two, sometimes up to four months, before it is noticeable. Postpartum hair loss usually reaches its peak in about four months and then you will start seeing hair regrowth. This is considered a telogen effluvium type hair loss and usually corrects itself. If it does not, you will want to consult a hair restoration professional.
When it comes to postpartum thyroiditis it typically takes anywhere from a year to 18 months before the thyroid functions return to normal. Hair loss can occur from either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
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