During pregnancy, hair grows gloriously. Ordinarily, women enjoy fuller, longer tresses. A few months after giving birth, the hair that has been so good to you now turns against you. Its texture changes and dryness that has never been there becomes almost unmanageable. Worse of all, excess shedding occurs. Sometimes you may even wonder what you are doing wrong to deserve all this. What you need to know is that you have done nothing wrong. During pregnancy, the body experiences significant hormonal changes. After birth, these hormones must normalize.
The least that you should expect after pregnancy is excess shedding and even breakage. The truth is that these are natural body processes that must occur. Remember that as you carried your pregnancy, you did not shed. It grew and grew without showing the slightest signs of shedding. Once hormones return to their normal state, shedding must occur. The good news is that this shedding can be minimized.
An ideal way of minimizing postpartum shedding is by frequently massaging your scalp. This massaging should be accompanied by tea rinses. These two treatments are designed to increase blood circulation to the scalp which promotes growth of healthy hair follicles. Tea rinses are also helpful in cleansing and adding nourishment to hair follicles. When done 2-3 times per week, scalp massage and tea rinses will greatly minimize shedding.
Besides shedding, you may also experience excessive hair breakage. This problem is also caused by hormonal changes that occur after the arrival of your baby. The best way of dealing with breakage is by increasing moisture into your hair care treatments. Sealing your hair after every wash may also effectively deal with dryness that causes breakage. You are also advised to keep yourself hydrated by drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water every day.
Also, keep healthy be eating healthy diets. Healthy hair requires lots of minerals and vitamins, so be sure to incorporate these into your diet. You can also introduce prenatal vitamin supplements into your diet.
Take extra caution when handling your hair. Be gentle with it. Shampoo only when necessary and use a good conditioner. It is also necessary to use a wide-toothed comb to prevent tangling. As a rule, avoid pulling your hair into tight hair styles. If you can, avoid blow-dryers, flat irons, and curlers.
Though very rare, post-partum shedding may be caused by postpartum thyroiditis. It is necessary, thus, to talk to your practitioner if you experience excessive shedding and breakage that is accompanied by other symptoms.
My postpartum shedding experience.
Extreme hair loss postpartum.