when does your pregnancy hair stop falling out?

Alyce - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my hair starting falling out a month ago and it is still coming out... i have to clean the drain out of my shower at least every other day.

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Jacinta - posted on 07/28/2013

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My hair started falling out when my baby was 3 months old. And it stopped around 6 months. You feel like you are losing so much hair you will go bald but you wont.The hair was all over the house and blocked up my vacuum cleaner hose and in the shower I would have to collect it all and put it in the bin because it would have blocked the shower. I also had to brush my hair outside. I'm so glad it's stopped now. I have lots of new growth all around my face. Try not to worry it will stop eventually.

Kellie - posted on 07/08/2009

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It is extremely concerning and scarey i know it happened to me...(i am a hairdresser) so i have also seen it in my clients that have had babies....once i had a client that i hadnt seen since she had given birth so around 4-5 months i sat her in the chair and said wow that fringe looks great on u (as i hadnt cut a fringe for her) and she said that she hadnt had it cut but that it had fallen out at the front and had grown back!!!it's crazy ...so good news it does come back(from my experiences)!!the few reasons i know about is obviously hormonal and all that our body has gone through,if you are breast feedin you could be low in your vitamins /Minerals..it especilly happens when you are low in iron...but best to see you Gyno/doctor....but just a tip....dont be scared to brush your hair,this stimulates the scalp getting all the blood flowing..there is no need to be washing your hair everyday though unless u have extremely oily hair...u may need to change s'poo and conditioner now that your hair is changing also, so eg..instead of maybe going for a moisturizing s'poo/cond you may need to change to something that wont weigh your hair down as much....good luck

Sylvia - posted on 07/09/2009

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Hi, for both of my boys my hair loss started when the boys were around 3 months. By 6 months it was getting better and by 8 months my hair is growing back. I'm not on any pill but I am breastfeeding.

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Amy - posted on 07/13/2009

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Hi, Each person varies and it also varies with each pregnancy. For my first one (9 years ago) I remember it falling out for about 2-3 months. (It took 10 months to get this wonderfully thick hair). Our second one (2 1/2 now) it was about the same 8-10 weeks. Hope this helps. Relax as the saying goes, "it was not yours to begin with). Amy

Angie - posted on 07/12/2009

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During my first pregnancy my hair fell out in the beginning and after I gave birth for at least 2-3 months. Now I am ~14 weeks, my hair is falling out once again. A good hair cut helped me for about a month.

Melissa - posted on 07/10/2009

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I lost a lot of my hair to, my child was 3-4 months. I finally went to get my hair done and she put me on a protein hair treat every 2 weeks for about 2 months along with taking my prenatal vitamins. By the 2 nd treatment, I could tell the difference. I could touch my head with having a hand full of hair.

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I've noticed the extensive hair loss too. I gave birth 4 1/2 months ago, not on birth control, and not breastfeeding. When you are pregnant, for some reason hormonal (of course) you don't "shed", which is why most women end up with beautiful thick gorgeous hair while we are pregnant. So after your hormones start to return to "normal" you then shed off all of that extra hair that you didn't lose during pregnancy.

I think my biggest issue, is that my daughter constantly ends up with my hairs wrapped around her little fingers because it is just everywhere.

Christina - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Emma:

No clue my youngest is 1year and 4 months and my hair is still coming out by the handfull.


My daughter is 1 1/2 (just about) and mine is still coming out too :( Sorry it's no help!

Emma - posted on 07/10/2009

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No clue my youngest is 1year and 4 months and my hair is still coming out by the handfull.

Amanda - posted on 07/10/2009

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My OB said it was due in a large part to the fact that while you are pregnant your blood supply goes way up because you are supporting two lives which requires a lot of blood. Extra blood makes your hair and fingernails grow leaps and bounds. But the end result after you are not supporting life is that you lose hair from the drop in blood supply. If you can find the time...get a hair cut regularly. Then you don't notice so much lost hair in the shower drain.

Venessa - posted on 07/09/2009

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wow.. i have noticed that my hair has been falling out and i constantly find clumps of hair everywhere, but i didnt think it had anything to do with pregnancy or minipill.. its nice to finally know why. I thought it was because we moved from the city to the country and the water was making it fall out.

Im going to stop taking the minipill now and hope my hair stops falling out.

One good thing i suppose is my hair is so thick that it needs to be less, but its not nice when you walk around looking like your wearing an ape costume because of the amount of hair over you

Gloria - posted on 07/09/2009

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there are also some medicines that have hair loss as side effect. i was given one with my epidural on my second child. at age 53, i am still losing hair more than i want to but it is eased a bit. if my dr had told me of the side effects, i would not have accepted the meds during labor

Taryn - posted on 07/09/2009

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While pregnant with both my kids my hair (which is already very long and full) grew like crazy. And like everyone else, it came out by the handfulls after they were born. My OB said that while you are pregnant you have increased circulation, and so the increased circulation to your scalp stimulates hair growth. But after birth your circulation reduces back to normal and the drop in circulation to your scalp leads to the hair loss. Mine lasted at least 6-9 months, but you should notice that it is slowing down after a few months. Your hair may seem thin for a while, but when it's all done and over with it should be back to your normal pre-preg mane.

Christina - posted on 07/08/2009

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After giving birth, I no longer took me renatal vitamins. Then my hair started falling out and I asked my doctor to give me the prescribed prenatal vitamins I had been taking. After taking the vitamins again, I noticed a difference in my hair. It stopped falling out.

Allison - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hi Alyce


In short try Silica. Explanation: Being pregnant changes not only the shape of your body, it also changes the chemical makeup of your body (gotta love hormones). Hair is deadcells so you have to start putting back into your body the missing links and more of what is lacking. My hair has never been the same and I had my last child 5yrs ago. My aunt is a beauty therapist and she recommended Silica (I use Q-Silica it is in a capsual and is nothing but silica no added extras). It has taken three months to have an effect and it made a REAL difference. My hair has thickened up and I am actually growing it long again and it no longer looks stringey and half bald.

Sunshine - posted on 07/08/2009

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My hair loss lasted about 6 months or so after both my boys, nothing will change it, so don't worry about it! Its just that our hair didn't fall out as much while we were pregnant and now our scalps are just getting back to normal - like the rest of your body is trying to do! Enjoy!

Kim - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hi, unfortunately I'm not writing to give advice, only to say that I have the same problem, it's EVERYWHERE! Nicole mentioned that her OB said it was because of the minipill but I'm not on any contraceptive. My daughter is almost 5 months old now and my hair hair has been falling out for about 2-3 months now. I've tried not washing my hair as often but when I do it comes out in great amounts still. Good luck, I just hope it will stop soon! :-)

Nicole - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hi! My hair was coming out by the clumps as well and had to clean out the drain daily! After 3-4 months I got really concerned as my hair was getting noticeably thinner. My OB told me to either quit the mini pill or go bald. I quit the mini pill. You don't mention being on it; but if you are - that's probably what's contributing to any excess hair loss.

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