Now that you've had your baby, your hair may be coming out in handfuls – but don't panic, post-pregnancy hair loss is completely normal and only temporary.
Your hair follicles typically produce new hair for a three to four year period, then rest for three to four months. The growth period is known as the anagen phase and the rest or "fall out" stage is known as the telogen phase. The average person doesn't notice the telogen phase aside from a few extra hairs in their brush or shower drain (we have about 100,000 individual strands of hair and losing around 100 of them every day is completely normal).
But when you get pregnant, the telogen phase fails to occur in most hair follicles, giving you lush, full locks. Then, once your baby arrives, the telogen phase kicks into overdrive and most women experience pronounced hair loss (some can lose up to 30 percent of their hair).
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to stop post-pregnancy hair loss. Just remember that the enhanced falling out phase is temporary and should return to normal within about six months of your baby's arrival.
Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D. is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a member of the Canadian Dermatology Association, the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society, and the Toronto Dermatological Society. For more information, check out Dr. Kellett atwww.dlkonavenue.com and www.skinlibrary.com