How the heck do I stop all my hair from falling out after having my baby!!

Courtney - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I had my second son 5 months ago and for the past month my hair has been falling out like crazy. I have thin hair as it is, how do I stop this? I'm going to go bald!

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Katie - posted on 11/03/2009

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Here is a complete reading on the reason for hair loss..... my wording wouldn't be this good.... this is from baby center :) Hope this helps....... I'm still going through this and my son is 51/2 months old....







Here's what's going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.



During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.



After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

Sarah - posted on 11/04/2009

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Take a LIQUID vitamin B complex.. you put it under your tongue.. its cheap, at GNC. you cannot take TOO much of this. Also, get some Vitamin D capsules and take at least 10,000 IU a day. Your system is rundown and needs a boost. Give it at least 3 weeks before you notice improvement, but take it EVERY DAY.

Betsy - posted on 11/03/2009

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It's happened with all 5 of my pregnancies from 1989 until my youngest kids were born in 2007, and it all has come back each time. I have as much hair now as I did as a teen, so try not to worry. Just keep your hair in good condition (condition, trims,etc) and it should be back to normal before you know it!

Jacqlinn - posted on 11/20/2013

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I am 33 and I had my last child 2011. My hair did not start falling out until about a year later. It is still falling out and it has been falling out also for a year now. I have been only breast feeding at night before bed for the last year. I don't know what is wrong with me. All my research has led me to the conclusion that I may have a vitamin d defitancey. So I have started taking 6,400 iu on vitamin d a day. If this is my problem, when will I see results?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2013

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My hair has been falling out since I was young. I am 24 now. I lose a hair brush full every single time u brush through my hair. I have a small thinning spot in the crown of my head and if I fix my hair just right I can hide it but its embarrassing that I wont even let my boyfriend touch my hair. Please I need a definite answer.

Bobbi - posted on 11/07/2009

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I have fine hair too and it took almost a year for it to stop falling out. I did get it all back though. But also I used "Nioxin" shampoo, it is made for hair loss, I don't know if that helped it to come back or not but I am sure it didn't hurt anything. Nioxin is a professional shampoo sold at some salons.

Shaheen - posted on 11/06/2009

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My baby is 2 months old now and i'm having the same problem. I don't think that you can stop it, but you can do someting to minimize it, why don't u take a good hair treatment once in a week? i already have started it and my hair is better now.

Isobel - posted on 11/05/2009

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I used to be a hairstylist and I lost hair after two babies...it is entirely natural!! I'm sure you're not going to go bald. It usually lasts about 5-6 months while your hormones settle down.

The average human being loses between 100 and 150 hairs per day. During pregnancy we stop losing hair and it gets a little thicker. Once the pregnancy hormones wear off, we begin losing all the hair we stored up over 9 months...100 hairs/day for nine months is a LOT of hair. Don't panic.

When I was a hairstylist, it was my favorite trick to tell women how old their babies were based on the rate of regrowth.

Krystal - posted on 11/05/2009

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My hair fell out for about 3 mths after i had my son. Its because during pregnancy you dont lose any hair so what falls out is only what you wouldve lost if you werent pregnant. i didnt think it was going to stop but it did around 6mths :)

Loretta - posted on 11/05/2009

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The Web MD says that hair loss in Women results from either the approach of menapause or stress or trauma. I looked it up because i am experiencing the same thing, I am 40 and I had a Baby @ 38. My one friend says that someone said to her that it could be hormones?

Mishelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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My twin girls are almost 5 months old and this is happening to me..... My hair ends up everywhere! Thank you for the helpful answer as to why this is happening.

Lydia - posted on 11/04/2009

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Yup happens to lots of women...they stop losing hair so much while pregnant and then make up for it once the baby arrives and hormones start to rebalance (so Im told). You wont go bald - it will stop eventually :)

Kerry - posted on 11/04/2009

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My baby is 10 months and it has only just stopped, I was told it was due to breastfeeding and hormones etc.I was so embarrassed to go to the hairdressers even when I was pregnant as it was falling out in handfuls. But I would recomend regular cuts and not using straightners or the hair dryer too often.

Brandi - posted on 11/03/2009

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I had the same problem when i had my son. My doctor told me that i needed to countinue taking prenatal vit. and He also checked my patassium and iron levels. My son is 5 now and im still taking prenatal vit., which i think helped ALOT! you should also ask you doc.

Courtney - posted on 11/03/2009

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Not breast feeding anymore. I did experience the same thing with my first son and remember what a pain in the neck it was but I was hoping there was some product or vitamin out there that someone could tell me will miraculously save me the remaining hair on my head.

Kelly - posted on 11/03/2009

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i posted a similar question.... It happens when you start to ween from breast feeding or give it up altogether. i just started giving my 5 month old more formula then breastmilk and in the last 3 weeks my hair has been falling out by the handfuls! i feel like a damn dog at the peak of summer! i just want it to stop!

Becci - posted on 11/03/2009

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I don't know why your hair is falling out but my hair falls out because of a medication that I am on. I take Selenium & it has completely stopped my hair from falling out, plus it has made it shinier. i have thin hair too & can't afford to lose ANY of it....lol! Also make sure you are still taking your pre-natal vitamins because the baby wears down your body especially if you are breastfeed it may be a small form of malnutrition.

Johandra - posted on 11/03/2009

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this is also happening to me and my son is 4 montns old . no worries its your hormones

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Can't do anything about it...just let your hormones go back to normal and it will stop falling out!

Autum - posted on 11/03/2009

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it grows back. My kids are 6 and 4 and I am still losing my hair. I have not gone bald yet. Are you Breast feeding

Lindsay - posted on 11/03/2009

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It happens to just about everyone. It's due to your changing hormones again...all the hair you built up while pregnant falls out...usually about 12 weeks after birth, but sometimes later. There isn't anything you can do, but my OB assured me that I wouldn't go bald...I felt the same way...lol

Nichola - posted on 11/03/2009

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that happened to me after my son was born i would just stand in the shower and pull out handfull after handfull....i dont know how to get rid of it but i went away after like a month

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