Postpartum Hair Loss (How to Prevent, Causes, Treatment…)

In this article, we will talk about the causes of postpartum hair loss, its treatment and how to prevent it. Hair loss is a very common problem in many women, whether they breastfeed their babies immediately after birth or not. Although this situation affects many women negatively, it is actually a natural process most of the time and will resolve itself without any problems afterwards. The main reason for us to share this article is that this situation is experienced by many women.

Let’s explain the hair loss of postpartum women simply as follows; Hormone levels increase with pregnancy. And this causes women to have healthier hair. When you give birth, many of these hormones are not secreted as before or they are completely finished, and the new normal remains higher than the old one and the hair begins to fall out. At the same time, one should not forget the stress of childbirth. There is a demoralization and stress process caused by the loss of hair, there are vitamins and minerals that are lost and cannot be replaced. When all of these come together, it can cause intense hair loss. And unfortunately it continues to increase. This situation that many women experience is actually normal. Again, there is no special health problem under this condition.

Stress Factor

Let’s talk about the causes of hair loss during breastfeeding and make a few suggestions. As we mentioned above, one of the most important causes of postpartum hair loss is stress. There are many stress factors for a woman who has taken the first step towards motherhood. In the first place, birth itself is a stress. The healing process is a separate stress. Lost hormones and those cycles that are tried to be brought back to normal (menstrual cycles) are stress. The presence of a baby is stress. Having the responsibilities of trying to breastfeed or feeding the baby is stressful. Every vitamin and every mineral that you lose during pregnancy and cannot replace afterward is a stress. As you can see, the main cause of the event is stress.

Malnutrition Factor

Nutrition for breastfeeding mothers is very important. A regular and healthy nutrition plan affects the quality of breast milk and is also important for the health of the mother. Hair loss is also common in malnourished mothers. Because vitamin and mineral deficiencies can also cause hair loss. Anemia and vitamin deficiency as a result of irregular nutrition are among the factors that can cause hair loss.

How Do You Prevent Hair Loss?

We wouldn’t be wrong if we say that for postpartum women, their hair is the most sensitive period. Therefore, it is very important to protect your hair from chemicals. Do not dye your hair. Do not use styling gel special sprays or special creams. You can use creams for care. However, using creams and non-organic ingredients to style your hair or make it look different will be to your detriment. The hair straightener you use to style your hair, etc. You better say goodbye to electronic gadgets for a while. Because these can both facilitate and accelerate the shedding of your hair at a time when your hair is very sensitive. If you have long hair and comb your hair wet after a bath, use wide-toothed combs.

The care methods you use for your hair are also important. For the care of your hair, I recommend you to use care products with organic content. In this way, you will both accelerate the healing process of your hair and will not create question marks such as harming your baby. We especially recommend that you pay attention to the presence of biotin in the products you prefer. Because conditions such as vitamin deficiencies can facilitate and accelerate hair loss. That’s why you have to be very careful with your diet. You should benefit from plenty of omega-3 and fat-rich foods. You should pay attention to eating seasonal fruits, drinking water constantly and living regularly, exercising and using healthy foods as much as possible. If you do not have a special health problem or allergy, nuts are among the product group you should most prefer during this period. It is recommended that mothers who do not have adequate nutrition opportunities or who are thought to be unable to take enough vitamins should continue the same vitamins they used during pregnancy and not stop them until the end of the breastfeeding period. This is the joint recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Therefore, mothers should seriously consider whether to continue with whichever multivitamin complexes they use during pregnancy.

Try to sleep and live regularly. When your baby sleeps, consider this as an opportunity and try to sleep with the baby. After your baby sleeps, it is very important to leave it alone and sleep with the baby, instead of dealing with non-urgent household chores or any other occupation that will increase your stress. Exercise regularly and try to spend time outside. Go out with your baby for short periods from the first 1-2 weeks. It doesn’t matter if the season is winter or summer. Go outside longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. Because this will both reduce depression and help you establish your hormone balance earlier. In this way, you will get rid of stress and your health will be restored. Strive to be positive. And continue your good relationships. Also, stay away from people who constantly scare you, make you worry, and talk like “Here are your good days”.

How long does hair loss last after giving birth?

Although it is not certain, processes such as 6 months and 1 year can last. But usually everything is back to normal within 6 months. With the disappearance of postpartum depression, your hair will regain its former strength and health, as there is sufficient growth from the hair follicles. Another curious issue is whether hair loss causes baldness. If the hair shed during pregnancy is not related to an existing disease, it will not cause permanent baldness and will return to its original state afterwards. It is very important for mothers who have hair loss problem to determine which situation this problem is caused by and to solve the problem. Because if the hair loss is excessive and you think that these problems are caused by another reason in terms of health, you should go to your doctor. After a detailed and physical examination, it may be considered if necessary to give some vitamin supplements with or without some tests such as zinc, folic acid, B12, selenium, hemogram.

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