is anybody's hair still faling out from giving birth?

Erin - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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after having caitlyn in june, my hair started falling out, it hasnt stopped since, is this normal?

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Alana - posted on 02/17/2010

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yup, i already had full hair, n when i was prego with my twins it grew even thicker n longer. About three months after giving birth my hair started falling out when I brushed it. Then it would just fall for no reason. In the shower i would comb it as much as possible to get all the excess hair to come out. It just recently stopped, after I cut my hair short last month. It's normal but ask your doc, if it continues to come out a lot. They have something you can take. After my three yr old was born my hair fell out in clumps in the shower. I cried. But you couldnt notice it when my hair was dry. So disturbing. You will be ok.

Laura - posted on 02/16/2010

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Mine stopped about two months ago but I had never heard about it before I had my son so I was very worried when my hair just starting falling out.

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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I am having the same issue and it hasn't slowed down at all :( Although, I do breastfeed, which it is more common when you nurse.

Ashlee - posted on 02/15/2010

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i had victoria in june && my hair was falling out alot but then it stoped like 4 or 5 months after some women are diffrent then others

Jennifer - posted on 02/14/2010

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yes, it's normal, and mine is still falling out, though not as much. It's due to the drop in estrogen after birth.

Sabrina - posted on 02/14/2010

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What I read was that hair loss peaks at 6mo post partum, but can continue for up to a year. Mine finally stopped in December even though I bfed until last week. Combine this with November traditionally being the highest peak of hair loss for humans in general, and all us June mommies were pretty much set-up for Xmas balding.

Suzy - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hair loss connected to pregnancy usually occurs after delivery and is most common three months after. The reason for this is because during pregnancy the rise in hormones keeps you from losing your hair. But after delivery, the hormones return to normal levels allowing the hair to fall out and return to the normal cycle.

Every three to four months, it is normal for hair in a resting phase to fall out allowing new hair to grow in. During pregnancy, there is a delay in the resting phase. Once the hormones return to normal levels, the hair loss delayed because of pregnancy all fall out at once. Although your hair loss will return to normal levels after about 6 to 12 months, there are things you can do to prevent hair loss after pregnancy.

There are many things that can trigger hair loss, including any kinds of changes in your body according to the estrogen hormone balance. One of the first things you want to do is consult your health care provider or doctor. This will allow you to ensure a proper balance of hormones and ask for advice and any kinds of prescriptions they can provide you with.

Next, the kinds of hairstyles you normally would wear may need to be avoided. Although it may be a pain, avoiding pigtails, cornrows, hair weaves, and braids could save you from losing a lot of hair. The reason having these hairstyles can promote hair loss is because this can pull your hair and put stress on it.

When washing your hair, it is vital that you use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica. As your hair becomes wet, be as gentle as possible during your shower and after. This is because hair is fragile when it is wet, so try to avoid fine tooth combs and being rough with it while blow drying your hair. And if you absolutely have to use a blow dryer, use it on a cool setting.

While it is important to take care of your hair, taking care of your health can be just as important. Eating a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants can be great for your hair. This will help provide protection for your hair follicles and promote hair growth. Some of the supplements you should include in your diet include Vitamin B complex, Biotin, Vitamin C and Zinc.

For some, preventing hair loss after pregnancy completely is just not possible. But you can reduce the amount lost after pregnancy by applying some or all of the methods listed above.

Lindsay - posted on 02/13/2010

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Mine is still falling out, but I would say that less is falling out now than a couple of months ago.

Ashley - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have thick hair and I thought I would be bald before I knew it but mine stopped falling out in December and I had my baby June 19th. I still breastfeed though so it can stop before you stop breastfeeding.

Melanie - posted on 02/13/2010

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Mine fell out too in handfuls every day until I stopped breast feeding. It's now growing back in tufts especially at the front.

Meaghn - posted on 02/13/2010

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It's usually from breast feeding, the changes in hormones and things like that. After my first it wasn't too bad, after #2 it's been brutal. I don't know if it's because I've been nursing for 2 1/2 years straight, or what but it is a pain in the butt, and the shower drain :P

Sheree - posted on 02/12/2010

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Yes, mine stopped falling out just before christmas, but it was so bad i was getting handfulls every day. I thought i was going to go bald.

Candy - posted on 02/11/2010

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hi, yeah its normal. my hair just bearly stopped falling out so much. i was really woried and i asked my dr about it and she said its normal because all our hormones tryin to get back to normal. i asked her this in dec. and it just bearly stopped.

Emma - posted on 02/11/2010

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For some, yes. I have/had really fine hair before I got pregnant with my son, during pregnancy it became real thick and full. Now, my hair is still falling out somewhat and almost back to how it used to be.

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