Postpartum hair loss: What causes it and 5 ways to deal with it

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When talking about pregnancy and everything that comes with it, people talk about mood swings, stretch marks, the nausea, and so forth. But not a lot of people talk about one particular thing that comes after giving birth: postpartum hair loss.

One ParentTown user, alarmed at the rate she was losing hair after giving birth, turned to the community for help.

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The community’s response was one of reassurance and understanding: postpartum hair loss is totally normal.

Hormonal changes cause postpartum hair loss

“This is just a phase as your hormones try to regulate back to pre-pregnancy,” Aki K. wrote. “It will be over soon.”

Medical experts agree with Aki: our estrogen levels decline after giving birth, causing hair loss. “This usually starts the third or fourth postpartum and ends by six months,” Dr. Joanne Stone tells Parents. “This temporary hair loss doesn’t mean you’re deficient in nutrition or vitamins, says Dr. Stone. It’s simply hormonal.”

On the next page: how to deal with postpartum hair loss.

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