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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

One of the concerns of recent mothers as far as beauty is concerned is related to hair loss after childbirth . The woman may notice that after the birth of her baby she loses more hair than usual: more hair remains on the brush, on the pillow, on the clothes, in the shower ...

Calm down, it's absolutely normal. Most women lose hair in the months after giving birth. We explain why hair loss in the postpartum and how to take care of it to recover your mane .

Hormones and hair

During pregnancy, the whole body is revolutionized by the action of hormones, and hair is no exception. The hair of the woman undergoes changes because the placental hormones cause an increase of the sebaceous secretion of the scalp. Therefore, depending on the type of hair that the woman has before becoming pregnant, the changes will affect her in one way or another. Some look better than ever before, while in others the hair becomes brittle, greasy or dull.

These hormones are also responsible for hair falling less during pregnancy. The secretion of estrogen keeps almost all the hair in growth phase .

Once the woman gives birth, two or three months after giving birth, there is a massive fall of all that hair that has not been lost during pregnancy. If the normal thing is that they fall from 50 to 100 hairs a day, in this phase many more fall.

After delivery, hormones are rebalanced and hair that had been stopped in the growth phase during pregnancy begins to fall quite suddenly and abruptly .

It is not true, therefore, that breastfeeding is responsible for hair loss after childbirth. It is one of the false myths that surround it and nothing has to do to give the breast with which the hair falls. A woman who does not breastfeed also loses her hair the following months after having her baby.

What to do to strengthen it

Hair loss in the postpartum is not to worry about . It is a normal and natural physiological process that the woman experiences after giving birth. However, there are some tips you can follow to take care of your hair at this stage.

Food is very important, since the capillary bulb is nourished by the vitamins and minerals it receives through the bloodstream. What you should do is take a varied and healthy diet and not only to strengthen your hair, but for your health and that of your baby.

  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, dairy products and cereals . Pay special attention to foods rich in vitamin B (oats, soy, beer yeast, chicken, fish, avocados), Omega 3 fatty acids present in blue fish, nuts and some vegetables, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, iodine and zinc (meat, lamb, wheat germ, pumpkin, peanuts, oysters, chickpeas, spinach, etc).

  • In addition, in the phase of greater fall avoids the aggressive capillary treatments, the excessive use of dryer and irons, and uses a mild shampoo with neutral PH.

  • There are also nutritional supplements to strengthen the hair and provide density and volume, as well as specific shampoos and lotions for hair loss, but when in doubt consult with the doctor because some are not compatible with the period of pregnancy and lactation.

As you can see, hair loss in the postpartum period is a natural process that happens in most women who have just become mothers. Even so, if you notice excessive hair loss, depopulated parts of the scalp or that the fall extends for a year or more, it would be advisable that you go to a specialist.

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