Why You Lose Hair After Giving Birth
June 15, 2017
We all lose some hair every day and throughout our lives. There is a natural cycle of hair loss and regrowth that every person experiences. But many women report that they start losing large amounts of hair after giving birth, much more than they typically did before becoming pregnant.
This dramatic difference in hair loss isn’t due to stress. While bringing a new life into the world can bring anxiety, the copious amount of hair lost after pregnancy is actually a normal reaction to physiological changes in a mother’s body.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes into preservation mode. This helps it retain nutrients, which are then preferentially partitioned to the growing baby. As pregnancy progresses, estrogen levels continue to rise, peaking in the days before delivery. Estrogen is related to hair growth. When levels of the hormone are high, estrogen signals a woman’s hair follicles to grow. This is one reason why women who are pregnant may appear to have thicker, fuller hair.
But right after delivery estrogen levels drop dramatically. This causes hair follicles to enter the resting stage. Hair will start to thin out. Some women may even experience bald patches.
Vitamins to Restore Mom After Delivery & During Breastfeeding
A mother’s body is inherently programmed to support her baby’s nutritional needs, even after her baby is born. While a mother is breastfeeding, her nutrients continue to be partitioned to the baby. The normal postpartum drop in estrogen, combined with the physical and nutritional demands of breastfeeding, can take a toll on a mom.
Prenate® Restore is a once-daily vitamin that can restore mothers’ nutrient stores and nurture their babies. It is designed with the nutritional needs of breastfeeding moms and their babies in mind. Prenate® Restore includes nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, DHA and probiotics that help infants achieve optimal growth and promote their brain, immune system and gut development.1-3 Prenate® Restore is also appropriate for women to take during pregnancy, which means that expecting mothers can start supplementation with Prenate® Restore before the arrival of their babies and continue taking it through delivery and postpartum. Talk to your doctor to see if Prenate® Restore is right for you.