Monday, August 31, 2009

After baby worries

The March of Dimes Blog discusses hair loss after childbirth. Here are the hi-lights. Read more by clicking the post title.

Over the course of about six years, each of the hairs on your head goes through a growing and resting cycle before it finally falls out at the rate of roughly 100 hairs per day. During pregnancy the hair on your head may appear thicker because higher hormone levels prevent normal hair loss. Your hair tends to stay in the resting phase longer than usual (most hairs are in the resting phase at any one time), and fewer hairs fall out each day, causing your hair to seem thicker and fuller.

...Once you have your baby, your entire body will try to return to its pre-pregnancy shape, including your hair. After delivery, the resting phase shortens. Normal hair loss that was delayed by pregnancy tends to take place all at one time, causing your hair to seem thinner than usual. (Hair thinning is usually not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, though.) While more hairs fall out, you start to grow new hair and your normal hair growth cycle begins to return. You may go through a limp and wimpy stage for a while, but by six months your hair should be back to its old self. In the meantime, your hairdresser probably can hook you up with a shorter, flattering “do” that will be easier to maintain in your new life as a mom.

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