Postpartum and Hair Loss: Safe and Effective Treatments
the most amazing events in any woman’s life is the birth of your child. The
weeks following your baby’s birth should be a time to bond with your new family
member and regain your equilibrium. However, sometimes this post-partum period
can be stressful. You are likely sleep-deprived, possibly anxious about caring
for your tiny baby, and in addition, a major hormonal shift is taking place.
One effect of this hormonal change is often hair loss. And while this is
perfectly normal, it’s good to know that there are effective products that are
safe to use that can help to improve scalp and hair health, and to slow hair loss.
average, humans lose about one hundred hairs per day. Because we have somewhere
between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs on our head, we usually don’t even notice.
When you’re pregnant, hormones often keep these hairs from shedding, resulting
in a thick and luxurious mane. After the baby is born, your hormones gradually
return to pre-pregnancy levels. Many women report that three to four months
after giving birth, their hair starts shedding at a somewhat alarming rate. The
good news is that it’s nothing to be concerned about: some hair loss after
pregnancy is inevitable as your hormone levels return to their natural balance
which can take somewhere between 6 months to a year. The even better news is
that there are products available that can help your hair stay looking lush and
lovely – and they’re both effective and safe to use while breastfeeding.
a product line that uses ingredients such as argan fruit stem cells or pea
shoot extract. Natural compounds such as these act to reduce scalp
inflammation, increase blood flow to the hair follicles, and strengthen hair
and the hair strand’s ability to adhere to the follicle. Formulations such as
these help to keep hair strong and healthy, as well as to encourage new growth.
These type of natural-based products were first developed in France, and have
been proven to work for a majority of women.
product line that offers all types of support, from shampoo and conditioner to
volumizing hair serums and foams and styling mousse. Some premium product lines
are available at major retailers such as Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, or CVS
in the US.
Hair and Scalp Health
course, the health of your hair and scalp is dependent on many factors,
including your overall health. In conjunction with hair rejuvenation products,
make sure that you are eating well, exercising, taking other steps to manage
stress, and drinking plenty of water. Take vitamins and supplements to augment
your health whenever indicated. Iron or vitamin B deficiency are common in new
mothers, and both can affect hair health as well as your energy levels. (If you
are experiencing hair loss at an alarming level, check with your doctor. If it’s
accompanied by other symptoms, it may be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis.)
also slow hair loss by treating your hair gently during the months following
birth. Shampoo and comb gently, and don’t pull your hair back too tightly.
Don’t use curling or straightening irons, and postpone colouring or perming
your time with your little one - and look beautiful in your new family photos!