An unfortunate, but normal, allotment of postpartum accretion is the acute beard loss. One minute you’re activity august with your thick, luxuriously continued hair, and the abutting you’re affairs out abounding of strands by the scattering from your scalp.
The affliction doesn’t end with the beard falling out either. The baldheaded spots you’re larboard with and the spikey, awkward, bang-like pieces back all those new hairs are regrowing are rather cruddy too.
Why does your beard abatement out?
During pregnancy, the hormones (estrogen) in your anatomy account your beard to become so blubbery and full. Not because the strands are accepting thicker, but because the hairs are growing for a best aeon of time and not falling out. So you could go months afterwards accident any hair, admitting afore pregnancy, you would artlessly lose about 80-100 hairs a day.
During abundance you don’t lose any. While your anatomy is active growing your baby, it’s additionally befitting all your beard intact. This is why your beard feels thicker and fuller than usual.
I apperceive you ambition your beard could break that attractive forever, but it’s aloof not the case. A few months afterwards accouchement and already the hormones acknowledgment to a accustomed level, you will alpha to lose all that beard that you kept.
The beard accident starts about 3-5 months postpartum and the aggregate of it lasts about 3-4 months. I anticipation I was one of the advantageous ones aback my beard didn’t anon alpha to abatement out afterwards childbirth. However, I anon accomplished that it doesn’t appear appropriate abroad and it occurs a brace months later.
It will abound back
The acceptable account is that although it seems like you’re accident ALL your hair, you’re absolutely aloof accident all the beard that commonly would accept collapsed out during the 9 months of pregnancy, but backward in. It’s aloof arena bolt up!
During postpartum, you can lose an boilerplate of 400 hairs a day which is about 4x the bulk of usual, accustomed beard loss! So don’t worry, you will not be larboard with beneath beard than you started with! However, it does all abatement out at already abrogation you with some cruddy patches of baldness.
Not alone are the baldheaded patches annoying, but it grows aback abominably too! Already those hairs about your forehead and aerial alpha growing in, you accept these abbreviate little babyish hairs/bangs. They assume to be covered up appealing able-bodied aback my beard is down, but in a pony, they are actual apparent.
Right side bald spot and short bangs from hair regrowth
Although this hair loss is totally normal and you’re not going bald forever, it’s a little depressing. Good thing there are some solutions that can help!
Covering up the baldness
Now that it’s the summer, I am wearing my hair up a lot for working out and hot beach days. This is when I really started to notice the bald spots that are left from handfuls of hair loss. It seems to be the worst right around my hair line (so the perfect spot to be seen when my hair is in a pony).
More hair growth tips
It’s totally natural to lose your hair after you’ve given birth and you’re not going to be able to prevent it from falling out at all. However, here are a couple more ideas to get your hair growing back as quickly and healthy as possible.
Postnatal Vitamins or Biotin
If you’re still breastfeeding, you should have continued to take prenatal or postnatal vitamins after childbirth to provide adequate nutrition for your baby. However, these vitamins also contain important vitamins and minerals for you to replenish some of those nutrients that you lost during pregnancy and childbirth.
Did you know it can take from 6 months to 1 year for a woman’s body to completely return to the state she was at before pregnancy? All those vitamins and minerals that were in your body were lost while providing for the growing fetus inside you.
Therefore, whether or not you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, you should be taking a postnatal vitamin to restore all those vitamins that you lost. These postnatal multivitamins contain vital nutrients that will aid in hair regrowth, such as biotin, zinc, iron, and vitamins a, b, c, d, & e.
This is a great read about the Postnatal Depletion that women experience after childbirth and why moms can seem so run down and emotionally and physically drained.
Use a gentle, wide-tooth comb
You want to avoid tugging and yanking knotty hair because it can rip more hair right out of your head that may not have otherwise fallen out. Use a wide tooth comb when combing wet or knotted hair, instead of bristles or fine toothed combs.
Castor oil has been known to help hair regrow. It is rich in Vitamin E and Omega-6 which are vital nutrients for hair health. You can rub the oil into your roots to help in the process. Read more about using castor oil for hair regrowth.
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Postpartum hairless can be scary and frustrating, but trust me, it does slow down! By the time your baby is around 6-7 months, you should notice a drastic decrease in the amount of hair that you lose everyday.