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  Recovering From Delivery

Hair Loss Is Normal

It's horrible - how could your lovely hair fall?! Relax! Hair loss is a common thing to happen after delivery. It indicates that your tresses are gradually reverting to their normal position.

Understanding Your Hair

Hair growth has two interesting phases. The first phase represents the growth period, which may be as long as 4 or 7 years. This is the "Anagen" phase. Here, the hair grows about 1-2 cm every month.

Then comes the "telogen" phase, which is a kind of leisure time for your hair! It means your hair takes some rest from growing. This phase is usually 3-4 months long. This phase indicates the commencement of a new cycle.

It is in this stage that hair loss takes place. Here, the old hair gets pushed by the growth of new hair and falls off. It is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. The remarkable thing is that not all the hair follicles take a break at the same time. Imagine if this would happen - you would go bald! However, nature has everything in balance. Therefore, half of the follicles are in the growth phase while the other half are in the resting phase to balance the hair loss and growth.

Enjoy Your Thick Locks

During pregnancy, something good happens! Your hair grows thick and lustrous! This is because the growth phase of your hair at this time is rigorous due to the hormonal changes in your body. Therefore, you don't lose hair that you would normally lose and your hair density increases making them appear thick. So, enjoy those thick locks until your delivery!

After you give birth, striking changes occur in the hormonal chemistry in your body. As a result, most of your hair follicles go into the resting phase at the same time. Thus, you experience tremendous hair loss. It's like your hair are on a strike!

Stress And More.

Delivering a baby is a stressful job, both for the mind and the body. You experience an emotional turmoil. Although stress alone is not responsible, but yes, it does affect the hair follicles and contributes to the hair loss.

Another cause of hair loss is the depletion of nutritional reserves in your body due to breastfeeding. Your hair follicles are deprived of necessary nutrition leading to their death.

Tips To Handle Hair Loss

There is not much you can do to prevent hair loss. It's bound to happen and is a normal part of pregnancy .cycle. However, there are ways to handle the situation, if not prevent it.

  • Get a new hair-do!
  • Be conscious of what's on your plate. Make sure you are consuming enough nutrition to suffice the needs of your body as well as for breast-feeding.
  • Don't worry about hair loss. You will add to more stress and it will worsen the situation. Enjoy your newborn!
  • Do not neglect your hair. They are still lovely!

Hair loss is a temporary phenomenon. It will soon pass away.