Approximately 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the other 10% enter a resting phase. Every two to three months the resting hair falls out and allows new hair to grow in its place.
Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months following pregnancy. This is not uncommon, as it affects somewhere between 40 to 50% of women; but like most changes during pregnancy, it is temporary.
Is there abnormal hair loss during pregnancy?
Hair loss that is connected to pregnancy usually occurs after delivery. During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle.
This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and it should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery. If you feel that you are experiencing unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Why do people talk about hair loss and pregnancy?
The most common period of hair loss occurs approximately three months after delivery. The rise in hormones during pregnancy keeps you from losing your hair. After delivery, the hormones return to normal levels, which allows the hair to fall out and return to the normal cycle. The normal hair loss that was delayed during pregnancy may fall out all at once.
Up to 60% of your hair that is in the growth state may enter into the telogen resting state. The hair loss usually peaks 3-4 months after delivery as your hair follicles rejuvenate themselves. As noted above, this hair loss is temporary, and hair loss returns to normal within six to twelve months.
Can hair loss be related to other reproductive health issues?
Hair loss can be triggered by anything that involves a change in the estrogen hormone balance in your system.
Hair loss may result from any one or more of the following:
The Positive Side of Pregnancy and Your Hair:
During pregnancy there is an increase in the level of estrogen hormones. Estrogen causes hair to remain in the growing phase and stimulates the growth of your hair. While you are pregnant, you should expect a full, luxurious head of hair.
Recommendations for Your Hair During Pregnancy and After Delivery:
There are a number of things that you can do to have healthier hair and/or reduce hair loss during pregnancy and after delivery:
- Consult with your health care provider to ensure a proper balance of hormones
- Avoid pigtails, cornrows, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers which can pull and stress your hair
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, which contain flavonoids and antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth
- Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica
- Hair is fragile when it is wet, so be gentle; avoid fine tooth combs
- If you need to use blow dryers and other heated hair instruments, use the cool setting
- Supplement your diet with the following nutrients:
- Vitamin B complex
- Biotin (Possibly safe; orally and appropriately)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E (Likely safe if amount does not exceed the RDA; possibly safe if it does)
- Zinc (Likely safe when used orally and appropriately; likely unsafe when used orally in high doses)
Last Updated: 07/2015
Compiled using information from the following sources:
Mayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy Harms, Roger W., M.D., et al, Ch. 15.American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, http://www.aocd.orgNatural Medicines Comprehensive Database, http://www.naturaldatabase.com/American Academy of Dermatology, http://www.aad.org
Lupus Hair Loss Tips
So what practical tips can I offer you?
- Cut your hair. I had long hair and every time I washed my hair or brushed it, it was inevitable, I had a handful of hair in my palm that used to devastate me every time. Cutting it short helped to lessen the perception of so much hair loss.
- No chemicals, please! No matter what, do not treat your hair with colors or any chemicals during this time. Your body is reacting to something and your immune system is destroying your own cells, don’t fuel the fire any more than necessary.
- Use gentle shampoo and conditioner. Make sure to use natural shampoo and conditioner free of any chemicals. I loved It’s A 10 shampoo and conditioner the best, I’ve used them all, trust me.
- Don’t wash every day, wash every other day instead. I find that any longer than 2 days caused more hair to fall out but the sweet spot was the two days to minimize hair loss.
- Eat “Whole” foods. Stop eating processed foods, fast foods, and/or fried foods. Eat lots of vegetables and have protein at every meal. Protein serves as the building blocks of building the collagen matrix for your hair.
- Take the Lupus Beauty Support we have them available specifically to help your hair grow (my hair is longest it’s ever been thanks to it).
I hope this article puts your mind at ease. The lowest points of the disease are when I was physically deformed as a result of Lupus, for example, hair loss, rash, and weak nails. I understand how you feel, but I promise, it too does pass and you will grow back your hair. Today, I have healthy, long, and lots of hair!
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Dr. Connie has suffered from Lupus for the last 16 years. As a result, she discovered that a holistic minded approach to health was most beneficial for herself in battling Lupus and for her patients, who battle everything from Autoimmune Disease to Weight Loss. Dr. Connie holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Masters in Public Health (Nutrition) from the renowned Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Connie is a Functional Medicine Practitioner (Certification Pending 2017), a Registered RYT-200 Yoga Teacher & School (Yoga Alliance) and Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance).
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