Post-natal hair loss, also known as postpartum hair loss, affects approximately 60% of new mothers. Hair loss usually occurs 2 to 6 months after childbirth and the peak of post-natal hair loss occurs typically at the fourth month. Hair follicles receive a ‘shock’ from the sudden change in hormone levels and this causes the follicles to shut down for a while, leading to hair shedding.
Signs and Symptoms
While an increased hair fall is normal after childbirth, it may be a cause for concern if you are still experiencing drastic hair loss 6 to 12 months postpartum. Another indicator would be a very oily and itchy scalp. Also, if even your baby hair is shedding, it might be time to look for a way to handle this postpartum issue.
Hormonal changes in the body are largely responsible for post-natal hair loss and if one lacks sufficient vitamins and minerals, the problem may worsen.
Treatment for post-natal hair loss is optional in the first few months but if your hair does not regain its normal fullness six months postpartum, there could be other possible factors contributing to your hair loss problem. When these factors go undetected overtime, diffused thinning of the hair may result.