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What you can do with Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

Updated on September 16, 2013
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Studies have shown that there are no cures to postpartum hair loss, but there are certain measures that will help you manage hair loss. If you choose to breastfeed, which is actually most advised by doctors, there is a better chance that a large part of your hairs will stay on your scalp.

The hormonal changes that accompany a pregnancy can actually cause the hair to look and feel great. However, once you deliver your baby, these hormones fall into a series of changes on its way to going back to its pre-pregnant state. This process of recuperation can lead to excessive hair loss which can even leave some women with bald patches on their head.

Hair loss after pregnancy can last for 3-6 weeks for some women, while it can even take a year for some to even go back to normal.

If you are among these women, there are certain ways for you to avoid aggravating the situation. So read up and learn how you can save those precious strands you’ve got left.


Tips to Prevent Post Pregnancy Hair Loss

1. Eat Healthy

You might have heard this advice many times over, but this cannot be stressed out enough. Many people fail to realize how important this really is, even though you don’t see the benefits right away. If you are already eating healthy, this might be quite challenging to keep up especially with the stress involved in raising a new baby.

Recovering from the rigors of pregnancy can be improved when you keep a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Not only does these contains vitamins and minerals, but other nutrients like antioxidants and flavonoids.

Lean meat and other healthy sources of protein are also important because this is essential in encouraging hair growth and strength.

Recovering from the rigors of pregnancy can be improved when you keep a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.
Recovering from the rigors of pregnancy can be improved when you keep a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.

2. Take multivitamins

Most of the time we don’t get all the nutrients we need through our diet, which is why you can benefit with the help of multivitamin supplements. You can also opt to continue taking your prenatal vitamins. In fact, this is one of the reasons why you had luscious hair during pregnancy.

3. Avoid straining hairstyles

With all the things that you have to take care of around the house plus the needs of your new baby, it may be impossible to keep your hair down while being all superwoman. That is why most moms would have their hair all tied up most of the time, while some choose to have it cut short instead. Since your hair is extra sensitive at this point in time, you can lessen the chances of it falling off by avoiding tight hairstyles. This can strain the hair especially when it is tied too tightly which can cause it to be uprooted.

5 Post Pregnancy Hair Style to Hide Hair Thinning

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Bob Cut HairStyle- Getting a bob haircut will give length down to your chin and will draw attention to your face, rather than to your hair. Bangs- Bangs add thickness to the front part of your face and work to keep the focus on your face instead of your hair. Crop HairStyle- The crop hairstyle is especially effective for women who have an oval shaped face.Chop HairStyle - "The chop" will add shape and style and make your hair look as if it has more body. Blunt Layered HairStyle- For those who have medium length hair, consider getting your hair cut at just one length. Cut the ends so that they have a "blunt" look.
Bob Cut HairStyle- Getting a bob haircut will give length down to your chin and will draw attention to your face, rather than to your hair.
Bob Cut HairStyle- Getting a bob haircut will give length down to your chin and will draw attention to your face, rather than to your hair. | Source
Bangs- Bangs add thickness to the front part of your face and work to keep the focus on your face instead of your hair.
Bangs- Bangs add thickness to the front part of your face and work to keep the focus on your face instead of your hair. | Source
Crop HairStyle- The crop hairstyle is especially effective for women who have an oval shaped face.
Crop HairStyle- The crop hairstyle is especially effective for women who have an oval shaped face. | Source
Chop HairStyle - "The chop" will add shape and style and make your hair look as if it has more body.
Chop HairStyle - "The chop" will add shape and style and make your hair look as if it has more body.
Blunt Layered HairStyle- For those who have medium length hair, consider getting your hair cut at just one length. Cut the ends so that they have a "blunt" look.
Blunt Layered HairStyle- For those who have medium length hair, consider getting your hair cut at just one length. Cut the ends so that they have a "blunt" look.

4. Use a gentle shampoo

Since your hair is more prone to damage and fall at this time, it helps to choose a milder shampoo. Harsh chemicals can increase the extent of damage that is why it would be best for your hair if you give it a gentle treatment when washing.

5. Avoid styling tools that can stress out the hair

If you are fond of using heated styling tools, you might want to put this off if you don’t want to worsen the hair fall. Not only will this stress the hair more, but it could also cause breakage even with the healthy strands.

Use Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner

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Women Hair Loss Statistics

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Reasons for Hair Loss  
Percentage  
Genetic Hair Loss
95%
Stress
-
Illness
-
Poor Nutrition
-
Source: http://infographiclist.com/2012/02/06/womens-hair-loss-statistics-infographic/#sthash.JSk4FeDR.dpuf

Interesting Hair Loss Statistics

Statistics
Data
Number of U.S. women experiencing hair loss
21 Million
Number of U.S. men experiencing hair loss
35 Million
Percent of hair loss sufferers who would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair
47%
Percent of hair loss sufferers who said they would rather have more hair than money or friends
60%
Percent of hair loss sufferers who said they would give up sex if it meant they would get their hair back
30 %
Relevant Research Inc. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery StatisticBrain.com

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