A few months after giving birth, and just as we’re adjusting to our new reality of being a mother, we are faced with another challenge which could have an effect on our mental wellbeing. As our bodies are adjusting to life after pregnancy and our hormones are adjusting to their normal levels; we are faced with Postpartum Hair Loss.
Postpartum hair loss a shared experience between almost 50% of mothers, where after we’ve experienced thicker hair during our pregnancy, our body enters a “resting or shedding” cycle causing mothers to experience greater than usual hair loss.
Although it usually starts around 3 months post-delivery, the good news is that it is a temporary experience which would probably be back to normal before your little one’s first birthday. During this period, seeing our hair fall in excessive amounts could spark worry or depression – especially if we’ve been doing all we could to maintain our healthy hair.
Despite it being a normal journey for our body postpartum, and there is not much to do to limit the hair loss; we can help our new hair grow healthier. Here are some ways which could help maintain our hair’s health as it goes through this journey:
1. Avoid putting your hair in a tight tie as it could pull and stress your hair
2. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, which contain flavonoids and antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth3. Take your vitamins! Especially Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc (P.S. consult your doctor before taking any vitamins to make sure it is safe for you)
While we wait out this frustrating journey of hair loss, we can make the most out of it by taking this as a chance to experiment new haircuts and hairstyles!
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