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Is it normal for my hair to fall out after giving birth?

Is it normal for my hair to fall out after giving birth?

Yes: During certain major hormonal events in a woman's life, all the hair follicles catch up with each other and fall out together. Gradually they get back into various stages of hair development and fall out at different times. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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After giving birth, how quickly does hair loss occur?

After giving birth, how quickly does hair loss occur?

Right away: Hair loss can occur right after giving birth and go on for up to 6 mths afterwards. ...Read more

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After giving birth I am losing a lot of hair. What can I do to reduce hair loss and increase hair growth?

After giving birth I am losing a lot of hair. What can I do to reduce hair loss and increase hair growth?

Hair loss post birth: This is normal, and may continue for up to 6 or 9 months. It is called "telogen effluvium" and is temporarily induced at the end of pregnancy by the abrupt changes of hormone levels and the stress of delivery. So what is needed is patience; it will pass. ...Read more

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4 months after giving birth i started lossing my hair. It stopped @ 7 months. My child has just turned 1 & it's happening again! is this normal?

4 months after giving birth i started lossing my hair. It stopped @ 7 months. My child has just turned 1 & it's happening again! is this normal?

Telogen Effluvium: Sudden your loss is a prominent sign of the end of a pregnancy. During pregnancy the hair grows luxuriously, and then at the end of pregnancy the hormones change suddenly and the support for hair growth is removed and the hair is lost. Sometimes extensive amounts of hair can be lost. This has to do with the growth phases of hair, but if it does not relate to a pregnancy, you should see a dermatolo. ...Read more

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I notice hair in the tub and in my hairbrush; am I going bald after giving birth?

I notice hair in the tub and in my hairbrush; am I going bald after giving birth?

Thinner hair: Due to the hormonal shifts in pregnancy, some sensitive women will have increased hair loss. This can continue with further pregnancies and in a few cases significant loss can occur. There is no simple solution other than not getting pregnant. ...Read more