Here's the real reason why you're losing hair & how to improve it...
Remember when you were pregnant, you had that healthy mane of hair? You barely had to brush it- everything was so effortless! Now that you've given birth to your little one, you might be notice dramatic shedding and changes in your hair. You don't have to feel alone! Did you know that approximately 40-60% of all Mums have a form of postpartum alopecia (hair loss).
The reason for unexpected shedding, is due to a drop in estrogen. What that does is, it sort of triggers that shedding. In addition to the estrogen and progesterone changes in the postpartum period, stress and nutrition impact hormone levels, which and can also influence hair growth. Hair loss may occur for up to 6 months after giving birth. With so many shampoos and treatments out there, claiming to combat hair loss, how can you be certain about what works? The fact is, no shampoo or conditioner will bring back your hair- the only solution is from the inside out! The only way to help control hair loss is with adequate nutrition & controlling your stress levels.
When is it not normal? Prolonged hair loss, which is usually longer than 7 months with big clumps of hair is not typical and you should consult your physician to test for potential thyroid issues. By around 15 months post-partum, your hair should have grown back fully. If you do not see regrowth after 7-8 months, it is best to talk to a healthcare professional.
Try these strategies to improve hair regrowth:
These are the best ways to mitigate hair loss...
- Eat a well-rounded diet: We know being a new Mum means no energy to cook, but it is extremely important that you get enough nutrition from your daily meals. Focus on dark, leafy greens, a lot of protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and foods with vitamin B12 like that juice peace of steak or Nutritional Yeast. If you find it much too hard to constantly be cooking, try our YML Collagen Protein with 2 scoops, a banana and milk in a blender. It provides you with a high concentration of Collagen and Protein. Since hair is made up of proteins, it is vital that you receive your daily recommended intake of 0.8 grams of Protein per Kilogram bodyweight.
- Take Nutritional Supplements:
If you are concerned with postpartum hair loss, speak with your doctor about taking vitamin or mineral supplements to help stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. A Multivitamin is the perfect way to get the right balance of vitamins & minerals. Our Prenatals contains a high concentration of all of these vitamins, with a Complete B vitamin too! It is always recommended to take your Prenatals after giving birth to assist with healing and breastfeeding.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends the following:
- Vitamin B complex and/or biotin (B7) and Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C and E
- Folic Acid
3. Avoid harsh heat & chemicals:
During postpartum hair loss, try avoid coloring your hair or using harsh gels and sprays for styling. You may want to opt for natural oils, which are said to help strengthen hair growth and reduce or stop hair loss as well as stop using flat irons.
- You can use your Mommy Mist on wet hair, as Magnesium helps strengthen hair follicles & promotes growth.
- Consume fish or flaxseed oils. This may help restore optimal levels of essential fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, which promote healthy hair.
- You can try to gently massage almond oil or castor oil into the scalp as this can stimulate hair growth.