So don’t panic, you won’t need a wig. It’s just that your hair is getting back to normal. Breastfeeding may postpone the shedding until you wean (fully or partially), but it will happen. Hair loss should diminish three-four months after you give birth. Within six to twelve months, your hair should be thick and shiny as it used to be.
If you feel that you’re experiencing excessive hair loss during pregnancy, you may have vitamin or mineral deficiency. After pregnancy, especially when it’s accompanied by other symptoms, hair loss could be a sign of PPT (postpartum thyroiditis, a painless, usually temporary inflammation of the thyroid gland that occurs within a year after 5% to 10% of all pregnancies). In both cases, consult your doctor.
Meanwhile, there are some things you can do, both to help your hair grow back thick and healthy and just to feel better about your looks:
Eat well. Your hair (and body) needs all the nutrients you can give it, lots of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin supplements won’t hurt you either. Take vitamins B, C, Zinc, and Biotin (Vitamin H), Omega 3 and iron (consult your doctor regarding the dosage).
To prevent excess hair loss after pregnancy, be gentle with your hair. Don’t shampoo too often (that doesn’t mean leaving it dirty, of course) and comb gently, especially when it’s wet. Don’t pull your hair into tight hairdos (braids, pigtails) and try to avoid treatments such as blow-drying, curling, flat irons, straightening, perms and dying until the shedding stops. And, consider a shorter haircut, easier to take care of in those first months with the baby when you barely have time to eat and sleep, not to speak of shampooing and combing a long mane of hair.
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