Hair loss after pregnancy

Andrea - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I've heard that because you lose hardly any hair during pregnancy, your body "makes up" for it after, and women tend to lose more hair after delivering. Whether this is true or not - my hair loss is ridiculous! It has been 5 months, and I am still losing tons! Has anyone else experienced this? When does it stop and is there anyway to make is slow down?

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Kelly Ann - posted on 03/05/2013

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I starting losing handfulls of hair about 3 months after giving birth to my daughter. I went to the dermatologist and he said it's completely normal. The hair fall out has slowed down substantially but I'm still losing a small amount of hair each day which may be just normal hair loss at this point, although my stylist and I have noticed a significant amount of new hair growth about 6 months after it started to fall out. My daughter just turned 1 last month and it's still not back to it's normal thickness but it's better then what it was when it first started falling out. I find that keeping it shorter in the time being while my hair is growing back adds some volume and thickness to it. Try a shorter cut with some shorter layers in it. Also I find that coloring it adds volume to it as well. Eventually it will come back, just be patient and enjoy the beautiful life that you created :-).

Cathelijn - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter is now almost 5 months and I am still losing lots of hair! I find hair EVERYWHERE it's crazy! My mum told me it is normal and that I should get my hair cut but I am hoping it will stop soon..

Amanda - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had a terrible time after my pregnancy with my daughter. I was told my many people this was normal due to changes in hormones. Also seemed to last longer due to me breastfeeding. I finally saw a doctor. I am a nurse and knew that some was ok but I had almost gone bald at my temporal hairline. When I went I found out I had hyperthyroid. I was referred to a Endocrinologist and he said it is very common due to hormone demands during pregnancy. Luckily my levels steadily went down on it's own. He said I didn't have to do any radiation treatment and it should clear in about a year. And he was right. I was fine after about 9months. Hope that helps.

FATIMA - posted on 02/13/2013

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I STARTED LOSING A LOT OF OF HAIR WHEN MY BABY TURNED 6 MONTHS OLD , IT CONTINUED TILL MY BABY TURNED 14 MONTHS OLD , THE HAIR LOSS SLOWED DOWN BUT THE REGRIWTH IS SO SLOW , I HAVE BALD SPOTS ALL OVER MY HEAD , I LOST ALMOST MOST OF MY HAIR , I WENT TO A DERMATOLOGIST HE PRESCRIPED ROGAINE WHICH I COULD NOT APPLY BECAUSE I WAS BREASTFEEDING MY BABY , I CHECKED WITH MY GYNECOLODIST , WHICH SHE RUNNED ALL THE NECESSARY BLOOD TEST EVERYTHING LOOKED GOOD , LAST MONTH I WEANED MY BABY AND THE HAIR LOSS STOPPED . RIGHT NOW I AM TAKING BIOTIN AND TRYING TO REMEMBER EVERYDAY TO TAKE MY MULTIVITAMINE , HOPING THAT A MIRACLE MAY HAPPEN AND MY HAIR GOES BACK TO NORMAL , I GET SO DEPRESSED WHEN I LOOK AT MY HAIR IN THE MIRROR , TO THE POINT I AM LOOSING MYSELF CONFIDENCE

Leslie - posted on 04/15/2009

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Just a recommendation. My hair fell out as well and I was told to use a special shampoo and conditioner in my hair called Nioxin. It did the job and now I have plenty of very healthy hair.

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Jeanne - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had the same thing after each pregnancy.  I have thick hair to start with and did not lose any during each pregnancy but made up for it after delivering and it took six months for it to stop.  You can go to the hair dresser and get a good trim and also ask your stylist for which shampoo is the best to deal with this problem.  You can also make sure you are eating properly as this affects all aspects of your health but especially after a pregnancy and delivery.  Sometimes with a new baby it's a lot easier to snack quickly than to eat a proper meal, so if that is the case, make sure to take vitamin supplements.

Darea - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was and am still going through the same thing. My daughter is 7 months and I still find myself losing some. It was really bad around 4-6 months but definitely has gotten better. Are you still taking prenatal vitamins? My hair dresser said that once you start taking less of those that is a cause for the hair falling out but you will grow some more shortly. It will look like little wisps coming in. This is my second child so I can tell you that for me it did come back with my first child..and is starting to come back in now.

Julie - posted on 04/15/2009

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Gosh i am suffering too!! its got to the piont where its blocking the shower!!! i pick up a handful of hair after washing it in the shower room:( my hair is short as it is...



when will it stop falling!! grrrr

Nicole - posted on 04/15/2009

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mine is still coming out but not as much as a couple of months back - had baby 11.5 months ago.

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My hair loss after pregnancy was insane!  It was almost to my waist and falling out EVERYWHERE!  My pillow, the shower, you could almost trip over it on the floor (not kidding lol)...several times I had to take the brush off my vacuum because it was wrapped in hair so bad it didn't work properly.  I ended up cutting it short (shoulder length) when my son was 10 months old and that helped some.  Pretty much though, the hair loss for me didn't slow back to normal until he was about a year old.

Bryanna - posted on 04/15/2009

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after my daughter was born I had male pattern baldness... it was so bad.
They put me on a high hormonal birth control and it has stopped falling out... now I have to stick with my comb over until it grows back.
talk to your doctor for sure!!

Kristin - posted on 04/15/2009

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I have the same problem. I did cut my hair it help some. My sister had the same problem and she told her doctor and he gave her some kind of pill. I can't remember the name of it. It been almost six months it has slow down.

Erin - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was losing clumps up to 6 months after.  My hairdresser worned me that it would happen...its still frightening to see all the hair in the drain!  One of my friends actually had bald patches after her daughter was born.

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my hair started to fall out in huge clumps around four months and did not stop until six. now it is growing back in and it is getting thicker! it will end and you will be fine. you will not go bald!

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Same thing happened to me. My hair stylist told me it's normal. Mine came out in chunks. I just knew I was going to have bald spots but I didn't, thank God! LOL

Alicia - posted on 04/15/2009

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My little guy is 7 1/2 months, and I am still losing hair, and have sprouts too along my hair line. It is ridiculous though how much hair I find everywhere. I found it helped to get my hair coloured a lighter shade - it probably didn't help with the hair loss so much, you just didn't see it on all the floors, etc!

Just one of those pregnancy/being a mom things :)

Johanna - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had gone about 4 months after my second child when the hair loss got so bad i was getting a receding hair line above my temples (at 25!). I started using garnier lengthen and strengthen shampoo and conditioner. Within a week it had slowed drastically. By a month I was back to normal. It's worth a try.

Janice - posted on 04/15/2009

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i lost tons after my twins, I asked my hair dresser and she said it is normal but if I was concerned to save what I loose in a week and take it to my next Dr. appointment. It turned out to be ok but it helped to ask my primary care provider.

Jessie - posted on 04/15/2009

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It's been 7 months post pregnancy for me, and I'm still finding that I'm losing a lot of hair.  On the up side, I'm sprouting new hair...  My hubby calls me sprout head...  My sprouts showed up about a month ago, and they are about an inch long now...  but, there was a while when the top of my head was looking pretty thin!  I had to style my hair so it looked like I wasn't balding! 



Getting your haircut may help a little in managing the hairloss...  Don't worry, it'll grow  back! 

Amanda - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had the same problem with both of my pregnancys and the only way that I got it to slow down was to have my hair cut. I still lose some hair but nothing like what I was before. I didnt have to get it cut alot shorter but it still helped ALOT. Hope this helps.

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