How to Treat Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Although finding out you are pregnant is a joyous occasion for most women, there is no denying that pregnancy comes with many trials and tribulations. 

From morning sickness to heartburn, weight gain to swollen feet, not to mention the pure exhaustion of growing a human being inside you. 

There are some positives to being pregnant. One of which is having a thick and glossy mane of hair. This happens due to the increase in estrogen in the body during pregnancy. 

Sadly, once you have given birth, many women experience postpartum hair loss. This can manifest itself in your beautiful hair falling out in concerning clumps. 

Fortunately, if you are currently going through postpartum hair loss, there are several steps that you can take to restore your hair to its former glory.

Keep reading to find out what these steps are!

Avoid styling 

If hair styling is the last thing on your mind with a new-born baby to care for, then you will be pleased to know that forgoing blow-dries, and other hair styling practices will help prevent your postpartum hair from falling out even more. 

Instead, embrace your hair’s natural state until your hormones have been able to balance themselves once again.

Improve your diet

Whether this is your first baby, or you already have children, many moms forget to look after their own health once their children come along. However, making sure you eat a nutritionally balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is crucial if you want to promote hair growth. 

If you don’t have the time to cook healthy meals from scratch, consider taking a multivitamin supplement that will ensure you get the nutrients you need. 

Look to hair loss treatments 

If your baby has turned one and your hair has not started to grow back, or you can’t bear the thought of waiting a whole year for your body to re-adjust itself, you might want to consider looking into hair loss treatments. One of which is hair transplantation. 

Although this may seem dramatic, hair transplants have come a long way in recent years and can now be carried out in a matter of hours with no pain and only a local anesthetic. Plus, the results are impressive. 

Speak to your doctor

If you are worried about your postpartum hair loss, for example, if your hair shedding is excessive, it can be a good idea to speak to your doctor or another healthcare professional. This is because hair loss after pregnancy can be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis, a condition that occurs when a women’s thyroid gland becomes inflamed after having a baby.

Other signs that you may have this condition include anxiety, irritability, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and increased sensitivity to heat. 

Reduce stress

Easier said than done when you’ve just had a baby but reducing your stress levels can help regulate hormone imbalances within the body, which can help stop your hair from shedding. 

Ways in which you can reduce stress include trying yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises.  

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