During pregnancy, many women have unusually thick hair, excellent skin and positively radiate from within. Female hormones ensure that the hair grows better, stronger and longer than ever before. What causes this? During pregnancy, the body’s hormonal balance changes and the estrogen level increases greatly.
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This can mean that the hair's growth cycle is somewhat altered.
In fact, during these nine months, there are more hairs in the growth phase and thus fewer hairs that fall out.
This can lead to thicker hair that looks particularly healthy and strong.
However, there is a big difference between hormone levels during and after pregnancy.
As has been described above, pregnant women have less hair loss and thicker hair than normal.
This can be due to the increased estrogen level during pregnancy, which means that more hairs than normal are in the active growth phase.
After childbirth, the estrogen level falls rapidly. The hormones return quickly to their normal level. As a result of the changes in hormones acting on the hair roots, more hairs than normal can suddenly go into the resting phase. In this phase, the affected hairs gradually detach from the anchoring in the scalp and ultimately fall out.
As the hairs spend a period of time in the resting phase before falling out, the hair loss starts at around two to five months after the birth of the child.
This is particularly noticeable because the affected hair loss is evenly distributed across the whole head (diffuse hair loss).
Many women are alarmed the first time that they experience this, but the phenomenon is widespread and is caused by the large variations in hormone levels. Hair loss after pregnancy normally lasts around three to six months, but may in rare cases last longer.
After this period, the hair grows back to its normal length within six to nine months. However, sometimes hair grows back more slowly or less thick than usual.
Stress after pregnancy and while breastfeeding
The period after pregnancy is frequently associated with many challenges, stress and little sleep. This deprives the body of energy and valuable nutrients that are extremely important for healthy hair growth.
The body needs a lot of energy to deal with the numerous challenges after childbirth, but the body's own energy reserves are limited. It is therefore possible that insufficient energy reaches the hair roots because the energy is needed more urgently in other parts of the body.
Since active growth in hair roots has extremely high energy requirements, it is possible that the hair roots do not receive sufficient energy, causing hair growth to suffer.
Aside from hair loss after pregnancy, there are also other causes. Learn more here.
Postpartum after birth: A quick and simple explanation