Postpartum hair loss is a common occurrence that many women are unaware of until they start losing the locks of hair that grew thick and lustrous during pregnancy. Pregnancy creates a unique hormonal surge and increased blood supply that has an enhancing effect on hair. Pregnant woman are often envied for their beautiful, thick hair that seems to glow and shimmer. Unfortunately this effect does not last. Several months after delivering their new bundle of joy many women begin to lose large amounts of hair.
Pregnancy causes changes within the normal hair growth cycle. The normal cycle consists of three phases—growing, resting and shedding. During pregnancy the number of hairs that retreat to the resting/shedding phase is greatly reduced. Instead of shedding, more hairs stay in the growing phase--resulting in thicker, longer growing hair.
After delivery there is a sudden, dramatic drop in hormonal activity. The hair growth cycle, which is very sensitive to changes and disturbances, views this dramatic change as a “shock” to the system. Soon large amounts of hair begin shifting to the resting phase. Within months the hair will begin to fall out, sometimes at an alarming rate.
Although most new mothers experience some degree of hair loss the shedding usually dissipates and normal growth resumes before effects become severe. For others, excessive shedding continues until the remaining hair is unable to provide adequate scalp coverage—often leaving the new mother feeling ashamed or depressed.
Postpartum hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium. Fortunately this type of hair loss is usually temporary and reversible. The hair growth cycle will be better equipped to restore to normalcy if the body is receiving optimal physical and emotional care. . A woman’s body needs to gently heal from the dramatic changes created throughout pregnancy and delivery.
The postpartum period requires additional nutritional support and adequate rest. Many women put their own needs aside while tending to their precious new baby. Running on caffeine with very few hour of sleep is a common mistake. Although all new mothers are given the standard advice “to nap when the baby naps”; many ignore this advice, using the time instead to get household chores and other tasks accomplished.
Paying attention to this advice may help to prevent excessive postpartum hair loss.
Natural therapies such as reflexology, massage or acupuncture can help restore balance during this time. Relaxing scalp massages with warm coconut oil or aromatic essential oils can have a positive effect on postpartum hair, as well as a nurturing effect to soothe the soul and rejuvenate the entire being.
Custom blended essential oil scalp formulas are highly recommended for postpartum women. Special considerations must be taken into account especially if the woman is presently nursing.
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