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Is hair loss normal in pregnancy?
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Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Alopecia, or hair loss can be a common occurrence in pregnancy.
Stress is a common cause of alopecia, and your body is undergoing a type of physical stress. This can also be a sign of a low thyroid state, which can also be common in pregnancy, so you may consider having your provider check a tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free T4 ( i also check reverse t3) to make sure that your thyroid is in balance.

In brief: Yes
Alopecia, or hair loss can be a common occurrence in pregnancy.
Stress is a common cause of alopecia, and your body is undergoing a type of physical stress. This can also be a sign of a low thyroid state, which can also be common in pregnancy, so you may consider having your provider check a tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free T4 ( i also check reverse t3) to make sure that your thyroid is in balance.
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
However, the problem is more apparent than real.
Each hair has a fixed lifetime of growth, after which it falls out and the follicle begins again. The pattern is random, but in pregnancy, for reasons related to the hormonal changes, the falling-out pattern becomes less random and more occurs all at once. This makes the hair loss more obvious, but the random pattern will eventually come back.

In brief: Yes
However, the problem is more apparent than real.
Each hair has a fixed lifetime of growth, after which it falls out and the follicle begins again. The pattern is random, but in pregnancy, for reasons related to the hormonal changes, the falling-out pattern becomes less random and more occurs all at once. This makes the hair loss more obvious, but the random pattern will eventually come back.
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2 comments
Dr. Jeff Livingston
And many women will notice a lot of hair loss in the first few months after delivery.
Dr. Ian Taras
In fact, many women will NOT notice that they had less hair loss during pregnancy & in the first few months after delivery it will SEEM excessive. In essence it is catching up for the lack of loss over those months in pregnancy & will stabilize within a few months.
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