What to do if the hair begins to fall out after childbirth
After, somewhere 3-4 months, after birth, hair loss in women is observed, which looks quite depressing. To contribute to the development of the process can be a variety of reasons, so before trying to solve the problem on your own, consult a specialist, because the source can be serious diseases of the body (for example, endocrine diseases).
- Causes of hair loss after childbirth
- What to do with hair loss
- Masks for strengthening, growth, against hair loss after childbirth
Usually revealed and timely eliminated cause of hair loss after childbirth leads to a gradual restoration of the initial density of hair (with the exception of hereditary factors).
Causes of hair loss after childbirth
Physiological alopecia during pregnancy.
In the period of bearing the baby against the background of hormonal rearrangements the female organism is transformed, including the appearance of the hair, their density, the growth is accelerated, they practically do not fall out. After childbirth, when the hormonal background of a woman is normal, the hair gradually becomes the same as before pregnancy. Hair follicles, which should go into a state of rest, eventually nourish hair bulbs, which ultimately leads to the dying and loss of hair.
The birth of a child is always a stress for the woman's body. Plus, you need to add nights without sleep, time spent in the maternity hospital, postpartum depression, fatigue, overwork and many other minor household problems that can also cause a strong hair loss.
Reduction of hemoglobin level in the blood during pregnancy.
In the period of bearing the baby in a woman against the background of a decrease in the viscosity of the blood and increase in its quantity, the level of hemoglobin in the blood can decrease. The intake of vitamins and optimal nutrition during pregnancy promotes a more rapid normalization of hemoglobin in the blood after delivery. If complications arose during the period of gestation ( gestosis , for example), plus significant blood loss during labor, then after birth the hemoglobin level may be low. Deficiency of iron is a common cause, which leads to intense hair loss. The condition of the hair and body as a whole worsens if a woman is forbidden to take iron preparations in the first few months after childbirth (if the child is born with jaundice).
Lack of vitamins and minerals.
Deficiency of vitamins and minerals important for hair can also become one of the causes that caused hair loss in the postpartum period. Usually, a shortage of substances is observed during the period of breastfeeding of a child who has diathesis. To prevent this unpleasant manifestation, women restrict the diet, excluding products that can cause allergic reactions in the child.
Most often there are diseases of the thyroid gland and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). To establish the correct diagnosis and appoint the optimal treatment can only specialist gynecologist-endocrinologist.
Symptoms of endocrine disruption:
- hair falls out more than a year after giving birth;
- even with normal nutrition after childbirth, the weight of a woman does not return to normal for a long time;
- problems arise in conception of the second child.
Androgenetic alopecia after childbirth.
Hair loss in this case is due to genetic predisposition. Usually androgenetic alopecia develops in women closer to the menopausal period. But sometimes hormonal changes or disorders (including during pregnancy and after childbirth) can provoke this process much earlier.
Some signs of androgenic alopecia:
- hair fall out over a year;
- The new hairs in place of the fallen do not grow;
- hair becomes thinner, dull, brittle, respectively, with each period shorter;
- The "parting" glows;
- in the photo a year ago the density of hair is much higher than now.
Anesthesia and cesarean section.
Any surgical intervention always negatively affects the body, hair loss is one of the manifestations of the operation.
What to do with hair loss
For physiological reasons.
Hair loss becomes particularly noticeable somewhere in the fourth month after birth, and ends in 10-12 months after delivery. Since the process is physiological, there is no need to worry about this, and the use of any remedies, home masks will be ineffective. Pretty soon, on the place of the fallen hair, new hair (or "fluff") appears on the partitions and the growth line.
Video: Dermatologist-trichologist Irina Popova.
In this case, to treat hair loss after childbirth is necessary in conjunction with other activities. Carry out various physiotherapeutic procedures and take funds with a calming effect only after consulting a doctor. Useful are various cosmetic and home remedies against hair loss (masks with mustard, burdock oil, cognac, onion juice). It is equally important to try to protect yourself from stressful situations, rest more (when the baby sleeps, sleep and mother), ask for help from relatives (at least for the first months of the baby's life), often go out into the open air, play sports and give more time to yourself (at least two hours a week for a trip to the spa, massage or beauty salon, but just to be alone and restore mental strength).
Low level of hemoglobin in the blood.
In this case, the problem of hair loss can be eliminated only by restoring the level of iron in the body. For this purpose, the doctor will prescribe special iron preparations after a complete examination.
Deficiency of vitamins.
Because of the scarcity of the diet with the simultaneous impossibility of taking vitamin complexes to solve the problem of hair loss after childbirth, it is effective to use masks and physiotherapy that accelerate blood circulation in the scalp. Unfortunately, the normalization of the diet will completely eliminate hair loss.
After a course of treatment of the endocrine system, the condition of the hair is restored by itself.
Hair loss by this type of treatment with home remedies is absolutely useless. Only a trichologist can pick up a drug that will slow the loss of hair and can return some of the hair that fell out.
Treatment in this case is not required, after the operation the body will recover itself, after about half a year the density of the hair and their condition will be normalized.
Prevention of hair loss after childbirth.
Admission of vitamins during pregnancy (Vitrum Prenatal Forte, Elevit Pronatal, Multi-table Perinatal), potassium iodide preparations will help to prevent vitamin deficiency and the development of endocrine disruptions in the body, preserve the health of hair and nails.
Strengthening the hair after childbirth.
It is recommended to go to hair cosmetics with a firming effect after the period of loss, this will speed up the process of their recovery. To strengthen the hair, it is also good to use the recipes of folk medicine, in particular masks with mustard, burdock oil, jojoba oil, rye bread, whey, egg yolks, herbs (nettle, root, burdock) for rinsing.
For the time of hair restoration it is necessary to use only a wooden comb or a brush from natural materials, to exclude the use of a hot hair dryer, to protect the hair from cold and heat.
Masks for strengthening, growth, against hair loss after childbirth
Powder of mustard - ½ tsp.
Warm water - 2-3 tbsp. l.
Powder dilute and rub into the roots, pre-wash the head and dry it. To create a thermal effect from above, we warm the head with a towel. The mask should be kept for one hour, if it is strongly ovened - rinse with water without using shampoo.
Mask for hair with cognac.
Combine the components and mix thoroughly until smooth. The resulting composition is applied over the entire length of the hair, soak the hour. Rinse off with warm water and shampoo. Blonde girls should not use a mask, as a combination of cognac and honey can change the shade of hair.
Mask for hair with hot pepper.
Colorless Henna - 25 g.
Ground hot pepper - ½ tsp.
Olive oil - 1-2 tbsp. l. (depending on the length of the hair).
It is desirable to mix the mask in a glass container. So, pour in a cup of pepper and henna, pour the water so that it turns out a mass, reminiscent of the consistency of sour cream. The mixture is put on a water bath and heated for half an hour over low heat. Then the composition is removed and allowed to cool to room temperature. After that, add butter and distribute along the entire length of the hair. From above it is necessary to make a protective cap made of polyethylene and towels. After an hour, wash the mask off with shampoo.
A miracle mask from hair loss, accelerating growth.
Mustard dry in powder - 2 tbsp. l.
Egg yolk -1 pcs.
Natural butter any (coconut, burdock, olive, almond, linseed).
Warm water - 2 tbsp. l.
Mustard diluted with water, add the remaining ingredients to the mixture and stir. The finished mass should not flow from the hair during application. Apply the composition to dry and not washed hair, dividing by parting. Top with polyethylene wrapped and warmed with a towel. Keep the composition for exactly one hour, rinse (carefully, so as not to get into the eyes) in a traditional way, that is, using a shampoo. Such a mask is done once in seven days, only five procedures. The first time the composition on the head can be kept less in time, especially if it bites very strongly, each time should be increased. To dry the ends of the hair with mustard, grease them before the procedure with natural vegetable oil. When the scalp is over sensitive, the composition of the mask before use is important to test on the wrist skin for allergic reactions.
So, any problem with hair is solved, first of all, proceeding from the reason provoking the development of this or that problem. Folk recipes will not only help resuscit hair, but will also be an excellent way to strengthen and prevent hair loss in the future.