Why Does Your Hair Fall Out During Pregnancy? An Expert Explains

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I first learned about postpartum hair loss from my acupuncturist. Her long hair was thick and wavy, and she had just returned from maternity leave after the birth of her third child. It’s normal to notice more hair in your shower, your brush, or around the house, she told me. Pregnancy hormones suppress normal hair shedding, so after birth, your mane needs to catch up and get back to its usual cycle of loss and growth. However, some women notice unusual hair loss while pregnant. If this happens, you’re probably wondering, why does your hair fall out during pregnancy? There are several potential reasons and luckily none are an emergency. Romper spoke with OB-GYN expert Dr. Mary C. O’Toole of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California to learn more about the underlying causes of hair loss during pregnancy and how to treat it.

As for the causes of hair loss in women, O’Toole notes that the reasons are largely the same whether a woman notices her hair falling out during pregnancy or at other times in her life (outside of the postpartum period)….

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