Is it normal to loose your hair after having a baby? If so, for how long?

Angella - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I just had a baby 3 months ago and now I am loosing my hair. I still look normal for now. I don't know how much longer I am going to shed like this. Is this normal and has anyone else experienced this?

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Victoria - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hey there! I experienced the same thing with my child. I thought "am I going bald?" Glad to find out that it was completely normal. Don't sweat it :)
I found this info on babycenter.com - All new moms experience hair loss, though some lose more than others.

Here's why it happens. During pregnancy, changes in your hormone levels cause your hair to stay in a resting phase for longer, so you lose less hair on a daily basis. (You may have noticed that your hair seemed thicker than usual.)

After you've given birth and your hormones have settled down — usually at about 12 weeks after delivery — more hair shifts into a shedding phase. You may be alarmed to find hair coming out by the handful.

Normally, you lose about 100 to 125 hairs a day, but after delivery, you may be losing about 500 a day. This can be very disturbing, but try not to worry too much — you won't go bald!

Shaidy - posted on 11/11/2009

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You lose hair when your not healthy, make sure you are eating more fruits and vegtables and still taking prenatal pills, my sister's hair was falling out in chunks and she got it checked out and ended up that she had a certain condition you could get after pregnancy so if your really worried the best thing to do would be to see your doctor.

Maureen - posted on 11/11/2009

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Yes it is very normal. It doesn't happen to everyone. I lost hair with each one of my kids. I had 3, and I lost a little more each time. It's just hormonal, and it comes back. I'm not a doctor, it's just what happened to me. Don't worry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan - posted on 11/11/2009

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GIRRRRRRLLLLLLL.......yes it is normal..... all while i was pregnant my hair was beautiful......... healthy...strong...and long!!!!!!!! 3 months after i had my baby.... it started to shed REALLY BAD!!!!!!!!!! i was stressed out!!! so i went to the hair salon....and she told my that its compleatly normal....and she gave me a protein treatment...... it stopped the shedding ASAP!!! my hair was doing great 4 about 2 more months...and then it sarted shedding again....... i went back an got the same thing done to my hair...and it hasent shedded since....... and hopefully it wont shed again. The girl ABOVE ME said its nothing to worry about an that u wont go BALD...... dont listen to that cuz i was going bald LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! every bodies body is different....... some womens hair shedding can be worse den others....... and i was one of the ones that had to do something about my shedding........ IT WAS BAD 4 ME.....BOTH TIMES......... the other women are telling u 2 blow it off like its not serious..... but let me be the one to tell u.... if u blow it off..... you hair will be broken off...un even and thin..... just like my hair was when i tried 2 blow it off!!!!!!! and if u breast feed keep taking ur vitamins ....... that could be another solution 2 ur problem TAKE IT FROM A PERSON WHO ALMOST WENT BALD........

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Chrissy - posted on 06/29/2011

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it is completely normal, healthy or not. it is due to hormones and all that extra hair we grow whilst we are preggers, it has to go somewhere when the hormones settle back down again :) it happens more to some than others unfortunalty as my hairdresser keeps telling me it will happen for about a year after having a baby and then should settle down again, as for having bald spots due to hair falling out that is something worth checking....... if you have very thin hair to begin with it could become more noticable im very fortunate i have to much hair so i dont seem to notice any difference on my scalp but the handfuls of hair i get when combing is unbelievable im suprised im not bald lol!!!!!!

now i have to go through all this again, getting extra hair and growing in places that it shouldnt lol!!!!! then when i have this baby im about to lose it all again, oh how i enjoy finding my long hair all through the house etc,NOT lol!!!!!!!

Melissa - posted on 06/29/2011

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Hi, my son just turned 4 months and im loosing a bunch of hair!! Its alot! i have bald spots in the front of my head.. its embarrasing... so wat can i do? do i have to go to the doctor and get it checked?

Jane - posted on 11/11/2009

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I lost a lot of hair w/ both my boys. My first son I was still loosing hair when he was a year old, my 2nd son is 7 months & yes I'm still loosing my hair. Your hormones change a lot after a baby & that's one reason but another reason is when you stop taking your prenantals. I acually go outside to brush my hair out 'cause it gets everywhere in the house & I have pretty long hair so I feel like a shedding dog sometimes. It's perfectly normal but I know some women don't have this problem as bad as others.

Sheila - posted on 11/11/2009

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Yes, it's absolutely normal. And they say up to a year, but if you have a girl it will start again when they become teenagers.... or wait, that's from pulling it out, lol.

Dawna - posted on 11/11/2009

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its normal i lost a bit of hair after i had all of mine an my youngets is 8 months an im still losen some hair

Caryn - posted on 11/11/2009

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I believe they say for about 6months to a year after a baby is born. Somoene correct me if I'm wrong but it has something to do with your hormone levels. When you are pregnant your hair tends to get thick and grow quite a bit and after baby is born you loose a lot of that.

You won't go bald, don't worry about that, its just a part of having a new baby. Just enjoy your LO and don't pay any attention to your hair :)

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