How to Stop Postpartum Hair Loss? Tips for New Mothers

WrittenbyLuat Duong
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It's common for new moms to experience hair shedding in the months following delivery due to shifting hormone levels. While postpartum hair loss is normal, there are things you can do help halt excessive thinning and encourage regrowth.

How to Stop Postpartum Hair Loss

To curb postpartum hair shedding, focus on getting adequate protein, iron and vitamins D and B in your diet, use volumizing products, apply a hair growth serum, do scalp massages, avoid harsh hairstyles and consider supplements like biotin and collagen.

Eat Plenty of Protein

Shoot for at least 60-80 grams of protein daily from foods like eggs, lean meat and fish.

Take a Prenatal Vitamin

A prenatal contains iron and nutrients important for hair health.

Use Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

Volumizing formulas help make hair look fuller.

Try a Hair Growth Serum

Serums with caffeine or peptides can stimulate follicles.

Do Scalp Massages

Massaging the scalp increases circulation to follicles.

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What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss?

Here are some of the reasons for post-delivery shedding:

Estrogen Levels Drop

The estrogen decline triggers telogen effluvium shedding.

Growth Shifts

More energy goes to nursing and recovery, less to hair growth.

Nutrient Needs Increase

Your daily nutritional needs rise to support healing and breastfeeding.

Stress Hormone Changes

Cortisol and thyroid hormone fluctuations can shift hair cycles.

Post-Pregnancy Inflammation

Inflammation from delivery and healing can impair follicles.

Tips for Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

Here are some tips for minimizing postpartum shedding:

Take a Hair Supplement

Biotin, collagen, iron or a multi can support growth.

Use a Postpartum Vitamin

Formulas designed for postpartum provide optimal nutrition.

Avoid Tight Hairstyles

No tight ponytails or buns which can damage follicles.

Stimulate with Essential Oils

Rosemary, peppermint and lavender oils invigorate scalp circulation.

Don't Stress

Focus on nourishing hair and realizing shedding lessens over time.

When to Follow Up with Your Doctor

Consult your doctor or dermatologist if:

Hair Loss Lasts Over 6 Months

Shedding continues longer than the typical postpartum period.

You Notice Thinning All Over

Diffuse shedding beyond just normal postpartum loss.

Bald Patches Develop

You get circular areas of total baldness.

Other Symptoms Occur

Issues like rash, pain or itching accompany hair loss.

The Bottom Line

Focus on nurturing your body and scalp during the postpartum period. Most shedding resolves within 6 months, but follow up with your doctor if hair loss is excessive or accompanied by other symptoms.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.