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What is Postpartum Alopecia

The best time for a woman is when she is pregnant, but developing alopecia could throw a spanner in the works and make it seem like the worst of times. Here we discuss postpartum hair loss, what causes it, how it can affect this self-proclaimed ‘bald and beautiful’, and how to cope.

Hair sheds excessively after pregnancy for many new moms. The peak shedding usually occurs around four months following delivery. The majority of women regain their normal hair growth by the first birthday of their child. A dermatologist should be consulted if your hair has not regained its normal fullness after one year. There may be another reason for your hair loss. Several factors can cause hair loss, and an accurate diagnosis is essential for successful treatment.

When it’s accompanied by other symptoms, hair loss after pregnancy could be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis. Normally, your hair grows in cycles of growth, rest, and shedding. However, during pregnancy, your body’s hormones change so much that most of your hair stays in the growth phase.


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