Day 108: Hair today

You hear that during pregnancy many different physical changes occur. Not just putting on weight or a change in your skin (in my instance mine got a lot drier). Your hair is meant to get better and not fall out at it’s normal rate. Once you’ve had the baby many women find that their hair falls out a lot more. For some women they lose their hair by the handful. I must admit my hair felt like it stayed the same when I was pregnant. Today however I must noticed that my hair has started to shed more. Not by the handful but after washing it this morning there was a lot more of it on the floor than I’ve noticed before.

Interested to know WHY the hair falls out? Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of your hair is in the growing phase and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting phase. After the resting period, this hair falls out. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage so less hair falls out. After you give birth, your estrogen levels drop and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Apparently this unusual shedding tapers off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

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