Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum Hair LossDear Aunty Tina, I had a baby three months ago but am now realizing my hairline has dramatically receded! What can I do?

Don’t worry, it’s totally normal to have postpartum hair loss; especially above the temples a few months after giving birth. It should grow back by the time your baby is walking. While you were pregnant, your hair was growing thicker as your estrogen levels grew and less fell out. The hormone prolonged the growing stage and reduced the resting period, (the stage before your hair falls out) so you had more hair. After giving birth, your estrogen levels go back down and the extra hair falls out. There is not much you can do to prevent this but you CAN enjoy yourself with a new haircut that may help even things up. Or if you are self conscious, invest in/make some beautiful headbands to cover up the receding hairline until it grows back.

Biotin rich foods such as Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, lentils and beans will help keep your hair looking healthy as do Lecithin rich foods, such as egg yolk, soybeans, grains, wheat germ, fish, legumes, yeast, peanuts, etc. I am also a fan of the vitamin E capsules.

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Tina Garzero CPM, LMT. practiced midwifery for 40 years and lived on Maui for over 35 Years. She was the mother to 9 children and lived in Haiku. She is the heart of the Mauimama and will be sorely missed. (Tina Garzero 1951-2015). We love you Tina. This website is dedicated to Tina's life and service on Maui.