Can Pregnancy Cause Hair Loss?

Pregnancy is a period in a woman's life that causes various bodily changes, both noticeable and internal, and a loss of hair can actually also occur. The term for the most common type of pregnancy-induced loss of hair is Postpartum Alopecia, which affects new mothers a short while after they have given birth.

Most of the time the hair is lost after pregnancy, and is a result of the vast rise of the female hormone oestrogen, pushing more follicles than usual into the anagen stage of the hair growth cycle – which is when new hairs grow, and should usually happen in sync with other hairs being in the catagen (rest phase) and telogen (natural phase of hair loss) part of their journey; however, if more hairs enter the anagen phase than required, less enter the rest and shedding phase, which initially results in a very brief period of thicker and fuller hair.

But, once the pregnancy has ended, the hormones slowly begin to get back to normal, so, once the body returns to its normal state, the hormones encouraging faster hair growth diminish, causing the hairs that hadn't been lost initially to form a rapid speed of hair loss all at once. Understandably this can be distressing, however there is no reason to say that hair loss as a result of pregnancy is permanent. In fact, the hair loss is usually a very brief occurrence, and you should begin to notice your hair returning to normal within a few months.

Thinning or shedding hair after having a child is a form of Telogen Effluvium – when a dramatic bodily stressor results in partial or extreme hair loss, and affects 25% of the population.

If you would like to speak to someone about your pregnancy-induced hair loss, or any other issue, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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