Most new moms’s hair become thinner and dull after childbirth. Actually, this is a very common clinical situation. According to statistics, about 35% to 40% women have different degrees of postpartum hair loss. The so-called postpartum hair loss, also called “childbirth alopecia,” refers to the situation of a large number of hair loss occurs during a period of time after the female fertility. So what is postpartum hair loss and how to prevent and deal with it?
Estrogen levels are closely linked to the rate of hair renewal in women: hair renewal is slower when estrogen levels are high, and hair renewal is faster when estrogen levels are low. Normally, the natural cycle of hair growth occurs between 2 and 7 years,because hair usually is updated in stages, is generally not easy to perceive. During pregnancy, estrogen level of pregnant women is more than usual and in this case the rate of hair loss will slow down. The hair is thick, smooth, shiny and with very few dander or dandruff . After childbirth, estrogen begins to decrease, but decrease faster than the growth rate of pregnancy estrogen. The hair that is temporarily retained by estrogen begins to disappear. This is why the number of postpartum hair loss significantly more than usual loss.
During pregnancy, the levels of estrogen is relatively high, hair follicle growth has been adapted to this hormone levels and hair grow stably. After childbirth, estrogen levels change and the hair can not adapt to the growth period, leading to hair loss.
In addition, the stimulation of mental is also the incentive for postpartum hair loss. From the psychological analysis, after pregnancy, especially the first pregnancy, there will be greater mental stress, such as will it be pain to give a birth? Can I recover myself as the past ? Will the Child have any illness? After the childbirth, from the excited state into fatigue, some new mothers will be emotional, anxiety, the cerebral cortex function is disordered, control hair vascular nerve is disordered, scalp blood supply is reduced, resulting in hair malnutrition and fall off. In addition to breastfeeding, taking care of the baby, sleep are also affected, these are the factors that cause hair loss. And when the hair off, the new mother will feel anxiety, here comes a new mental stimulation again, then resulting in hair loss is more and more serious.
What can we do if so?
⑴ Keep a good mood
Maternity should have a correct understanding that postpartum hair loss is only a normal physiological phenomenon, in generally, after your baby arrives for about night months, hair will regrow, so do not have too much anxiety and worry, bad mood will only increase hair loss. If you are suffering from “postpartum depression,” you may consider seeing a psychiatrist, and try to ensure adequate sleep.
⑵ The guarantee of nutrition
Do not go for the body figure recovery and eat less, a balanced diet and appropriate tonic is better for new moms. Ensure the intake of vegetables and fruits, adequately take some protein-rich foods include fish, poultry, pork, beans, eggs and so on.
⑶ hair care
First you should keep your hair clean, and you can often do some scalp massage to improve blood circulation of scalp, for preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth. Don’t brush too hard, it may cause your hair to fall out in bigger clumps, so be gentle when brushing and don’t brush more than once a day.
⑷ Use a volumizing shampoo
Conditioning shampoos sometimes weigh your hair down and make it look thinner and more limp. Volumizing shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller and help you maintain a lustrous look.
(5) Try a new hairstyle
Why not try a wig or hair extensions if you need to see someone important at this special hair loss time. And you can tell the stylist to do the hairstyles as what you want. Don’t give up the beauty even you need to be around your baby all day.