pregnancy phase fades away as you hold your child in your arms. As you settle down in a routine which
involves majorly taking care of your child, postpartum hair loss is a serious condition faced by majority
of the women. Thicker, fuller hair is one of the best changes of pregnancy. Many pregnant women say
they have the best hair of their lives during pregnancy. Unfortunately, just like pregnancy itself, the
great hair is temporary.
It can be an unpleasant surprise when your hair starts thinning a few weeks (8-12 weeks) after your
baby is born. You may find loose hairs on your pillow and clothing, or hair might clog your shower drain.
This increase in hair loss is perfectly normal. It is caused due to returning of estrogen levels to the pre-
The increased hair loss after having a baby is not a sign that you are losing your hair permanently. Your
hair should return to its usual growth patterns over time. By the time your baby is one year old, you can
probably expect your hair to be as full as it usually is at the roots.
Tips for new mothers experiencing hair fall post-delivery.
Doctors recommend eating a healthy and balanced diet. This may help hair grow after the
shedding phase ends.
Use a volumizing shampoo- these contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making it
Avoid using heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
Try a new hairstyle. Many new mothers prefer short hair. A short style can make hair look fuller.
Short hair also can be easier to manage, which can save time.
Don’t tie your hair too tightly. Do not use tight hair accessories such as rubber ponytail holders
or hair clips. Also, avoid too tight ponytails that cause traction and the hair to fall off easily.
If your hair continues to get thinner or doesn’t seem to be growing back, you can discuss it with
your dermatologist. You may have other health issues causing hair loss, such as anemia or a
thyroid condition, vitamin D or vit B12 deficiency which needs correction. In severe cases, your dermatologist after complete evaluation will advise you on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy that
helps in regrowth and restoration of the receded hairline.
With inputs from Dr. Deepthi Ravishankar MD, FRGUHS Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, Davangere.