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Hair Loss During Pregnancy

Learn about hair loss and pregnancy

If you are losing sleep at night because you are expecting or have recently had a baby and have suddenly noticed that your hair seems to be falling out more than usual, stop worrying. There is a very normal relationship between hair loss and pregnancy, and while post-pregnancy hair loss is more common and expected than hair loss in pregnancy, what you are experiencing is likely not indicative of any serious underlying health problem. Still, if you are pregnant and losing what you feel is a disconcerting amount of hair, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about it, just to be sure.

Hair Loss after Pregnancy

Hair goes through a natural cycle of growth and rest. Normally, resting hair is shed regularly to make room for new hair, but during pregnancy, increased estrogen levels disrupt the cycle and keep the hair that would normally fall out from doing so; for many women, this results in a fuller head of hair for the duration of their pregnancy.

Usually three to four months following delivery, when hormonal levels have returned to normal, all the hair that under regular circumstances would have fallen out gradually over past months, starts falling out at once. It feels as though you are losing too much hair after your pregnancy, when in reality you are just losing the hair that you only still have because of your pregnancy. The good news is that this process is temporary, and following it you should see a return of your hair's normal growth cycle.

Possible Concerns about Hair Loss during Pregnancy

Because pregnancy-related hair loss usually occurs as the body readjusts to normal hormonal levels, it is more commonly expected to happen a few months after delivery. However, hormonal changes do cause some women to experience hair loss while they are still pregnant.

If you are losing your hair in clumps while still pregnant, though, you will want to rule out a couple of other possible culprits. Have your doctor test your thyroid for overactivity or underactivity, and your nutrient levels to ensure you do not have a nutritional deficiency that could affect your health and the health of the baby you are carrying.

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