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I had a baby 4 months ago, why is my hair falling out so much?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Postpartum change

This is a really interesting and common problem. You can hate it but your hair will come back.
What happens is that in pregnancy all your hair stalls in a particular hair stage. It falls out less during pregnancy but then after your hormones decrease, it comes out at once. The follicles that make hair are fine though and it will recover. It may take some time though so be patient.

In brief: Postpartum change

This is a really interesting and common problem. You can hate it but your hair will come back.
What happens is that in pregnancy all your hair stalls in a particular hair stage. It falls out less during pregnancy but then after your hormones decrease, it comes out at once. The follicles that make hair are fine though and it will recover. It may take some time though so be patient.
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Patrick Schaner
This is due to increased estrogen during your pregnancy that decreases post partum. Will normalize over approximately 6 months
Dr. Patrick Schaner
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Decreased estrogen

This is due to decreased estrogen after your pregnancy.
During your pregnancy you retained more hairs than usual and after you gave birth and your estrogen levels are normalizing you are losing all of those extra hairs that were retained during your pregnancy. Don't worry, this is temporary. It typically normalizes at about 6 months post partum.

In brief: Decreased estrogen

This is due to decreased estrogen after your pregnancy.
During your pregnancy you retained more hairs than usual and after you gave birth and your estrogen levels are normalizing you are losing all of those extra hairs that were retained during your pregnancy. Don't worry, this is temporary. It typically normalizes at about 6 months post partum.
Dr. Patrick Schaner
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Dr. Hylton Lightman
agree but occasionally can be aggravated by low iron levels
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Telogen effluvium

It's called telogen effluvium and is caused by the stress from the pregnancy.
Other stressful events can also cause hair loss that occurs 4 months after the stressful event (ie: divorce, death in the family, surgery, medical illness, trauma). The hair usually grows back.

In brief: Telogen effluvium

It's called telogen effluvium and is caused by the stress from the pregnancy.
Other stressful events can also cause hair loss that occurs 4 months after the stressful event (ie: divorce, death in the family, surgery, medical illness, trauma). The hair usually grows back.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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