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Why does hair fall out after childbirth?

Hair fall– During pregnancy and postpartum many physical changes occur, also affecting the condition of the hair. Does hair grow more during pregnancy? Is it usual to fall after giving birth? When is that fall slowed and capillary density restored? Ricardo Moreno Alfonso de Cellar, dermatologist at the University Hospital of Hen ares, in Cosplay (Madrid), answers the most frequently asked questions.

Hair loss is a constant throughout life. It is something physiological. In our hair, under normal circumstances. There is always a part of the hair that is growing, another that has stopped growing. And another that is detaching, contextualizes Moreno. In some moments, in relation to situations that affect our health, we suffer effluvia. Or periods where we have a hair loss superior to the physiological one. One characteristic is postpartum genteel effluvium, which occurs 3 or 4 months after giving birth.

Causes and solutions for hair fall after childbirth

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It seems that during pregnancy the amount of growing hair increases. Due to estrogen increased in the pregnant woman during the months that the gestation lasts. Therefore, at the end of pregnancy and sudden change of the hormonal pattern, many hairs enter synchronously in the genteel phase. And 3 or 4 months later they are released from its root explains the specialist in Dermatology.

As we can see, Moreno continues, the genteel effluvium is nothing more than a striking way for our hair to return to normality. And the organism is able to regulate this phenomenon on its own. But keep in mind that during pregnancy and postpartum exceptional nutritional circumstances such as iron deficiency can occur. And this could contribute to aggravate the effluvium or to not recover normally. Therefore postpartum feeding should not be different. It should be careful and adequate, any nutritional deficit should be detected and, sometimes. We have to use dietary supplements to contribute to the recovery of the organism.

Over time, do you recover all that amount of lost hair?

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“The usual thing is that if all the lost hair is recovered when there are no aggravating factors. The capillary density has usually returned to normal at 12 months after delivery. The normal thing is that the evident effluvium (the period in which we observe the greatest fall) lasts less than six months. But a later period is necessary until the detached hair is repopulated says the dermatologist of the Henares University Hospital.

Common doubts about how pregnancy affects hair

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Some women say they lose hair during pregnancy. It is common?

In addition to physiological hair fall (from 100 to 150 ha per day in a normal way, and less during pregnancy), thyroid disorders, iron deficiency ( iron deficiency in the body). Or other metabolic situations are possible during pregnancy. they cause hair fall to increase, instead of decreasing. As it is proper in the pregnant woman.

Others report having stronger hair during pregnancy. It is a myth?

During pregnancy, we will have less hair in arrest and fall, but the thickness. Or resistance of most of the hair does not increase with respect to its normal state says Moreno.

Does a thyroid malfunction can influence a greater hair fall?

Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism very characteristic associate effluvia by different mechanisms. In fact, as both disorders of the thyroid gland are possible and relatively common during pregnancy. A striking hair fall in this period should alert us to the possibility that there is a thyroid problem.

Hair dyes, pregnancy and lactation

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Hair dyes are a group of cosmetic products that are well studied and that pass strict safety controls. So we can make it clear that their use is safe in pregnancy. They are also considered safe during lactation, according to the USA Association of Pediatrics  says the specialist in Dermatology. This expert points out that it is only true that some permanent synthetic dyes. Which are the most used, carry oxidizing substances such as methamphetamine or hydrogen peroxide. And can damage the hair shaft and increase the fall. Especially if they are in high concentrations.

Other dyes are at risk of producing allergic contact dermatitis, especially those that contain paraphernalia. These circumstances are not specific to pregnancy. But it may be desirable to avoid them in this special period of life.

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