Postpartum Hair Loss: Hormonal Changes Before and After Delivery
During pregnancy and after giving birth, the hormones in women changes drastically.
From the time a woman first takes their first pregnancy test, you might have noticed that there is a sudden rise in hormone levels. These hormones include estrogen, oxytocin, prolactin, and most importantly human chorionic gonadotropin, also called hCG.
After the delivery of the baby, the hormone levels go back to normal levels within two days. However, there are several hormones like prolactin that takes a longer time to get back to normal. Also, the blood volume increases during pregnancy, within a few weeks of the delivery.
How Do Changes in Hormones Affect Hair Growth?
A change in hormones is the biggest reason behind hair loss before and after delivery.
As said earlier, during pregnancy, hormone levels increase. This increase in estrogen helps to give strength to the hair.
You might have noticed that your hair has become stronger during pregnancy, and there is also a significant increase in hair fall. Also, the fact that there is an increase in the blood volume in your body also prevents hair loss.
After the birth of your baby, most hormones return to normal within a few days or weeks. These sudden changes in hormone levels result in hair fall.