How Long Does Postpartum Hair Loss Last: A Complet Guid

How long does postpartum hair loss last: while pregnant women generally have shiny, voluminous and full of life hair, after giving birth, many young mothers lose their hair by the handful. What causes hair loss in women after childbirth? What can be done about it? Update with Dr. Durosier, medical director of Ducray Dermatological Laboratories and midwife Benoît Le Goëdec, author of the book Preparing for childbirth: All the methods to welcome baby gently! (First editions)
How to explain hair loss in women after childbirth?
I gave birth two months ago and for the past few days, I've been losing my hair in small handfuls, is this normal?
Like Christelle, 32 years old and mother of a little Lola, many young mothers suffer from hair loss. This phenomenon, known as acute telogenic effluvium or postpartum alopecia, corresponds to hair loss that occurs within two to five months of giving birth.
"Acute telogenic effluvium can be triggered by psychological shock, or due to a fall, weight loss or, as here, childbirth," explains Dr. Durosier. Hair loss in young mothers can be explained by hormonal desimpregnation, i.e. the loss of pregnancy hormones after childbirth. This phenomenon can also be more or less important depending on the season when you give birth. *All women experience slight hair loss in early fall and early spring. If a woman gives birth at this time of the year, she is more likely to suffer from this condition,* says our expert. On the other hand, breastfeeding would limit hair loss. The explanation: in mothers who breastfeed, "the hormonal impregnation is less brutal".

Hair loss in women after childbirth: in practice, how does it look?

"In normal times (outside of pregnancy), hair evolves according to 3 cycles: the first, which lasts from 2 to 5 years, is called anagen. This is the growth phase. Then there is the resting phase, called catagen. For about 1 month, the hair stops growing. Finally, during the telogen phase, which lasts from 1 to 3 months, the hair is dead, ready to fall out. After childbirth, the last phase, the telogen phase, starts again. It repeats. This is why the hair falls out more than normal. On the other hand, it is rare for hair to fall out during pregnancy since there is a slowing down of the telogen phase which gives the impression of beautiful hair. Hair no longer falls out."explains midwife Benoît Le Goëdec.

How long before we get back to normal?

As Dr. Durosier explains, "Massive hair loss lasts between three and four months. After two months, the hair begins to grow back and it usually takes between six months and a year to regain normal hair". If after this time, the situation has not changed, don't hesitate to discuss it with your doctor. Because other factors can aggravate the loss, as midwife Benoît Le Goëdec explained to us by pointing to an iron deficiency, known in women after their pregnancy.
"First advice: eat a balanced diet again," insists Dr. Durosier. Consume more iron-rich foods that are known to strengthen hair, such as breakfast cereals, poultry liver, lentils, but also cocoa powder! In addition to following a balanced diet, the young mother can also turn to targeted treatments to limit the damage. These include shampoos, ampoule or spray treatments as well as dedicated food supplements.Some hairdressers also offer local phytotherapy treatments. However, beware of hair care. The more shampoos you use, the more sebum you secrete, and the more you damage the hair," warns the midwife, who also advises that iron levels should be checked post-natally or beforehand through supplementation. It is also possible to adapt iron intake to your needs by having a blood test. With an iron deficiency, hair growth is difficult. "He continues. In addition to iron, post-natal supplementation with vitamins B5, B6, and B8 can also be prescribed. Thus, an action is also carried out on the ligament. A magnesium cure can also be useful, as women are often deficient.

How to limit hair loss in women?

Hair loss in women after childbirth: what if I breastfeed?
There is currently no certified safe treatment for breastfeeding women. The reason for this is that "anti-hair loss products are not tested in France for breastfeeding women," explains Dr. Durosier. If you are breastfeeding, make sure to check with your doctor before embarking on a cure or treatment!
If you experience hair loss after childbirth, will this necessarily be the case for a second pregnancy? A 3rd pregnancy?
Every pregnancy is different. So it will not necessarily always be the case. "It all depends on whether the woman has regained a good state of health after her last pregnancy," concludes the midwife.

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