Hair Loss During Pregnancy

In my recent post, "What's That in My Undies?" I asked you, my dear readers, for more pregnancy-related questions and you delivered! Thank you. The first question I received was from Aisha who wrote,


"I am 3 months pregnant and I have noticed that I am losing more hair than usual especially after I wash it and comb it out. Is that related to my pregnancy?"

Personally, I experienced big-time hair loss for about 4 months after I delivered, as did most of my Mom-friends, but during my pregnancy my locks seemed fuller, brighter and healthier (don't hate me!). Unsure how to answer your question, I turned to Dana Jacoby, MD for the answer.

Dr. Jacoby explained that women usually experience hair loss after pregnancy - which, as I mentioned, I certainly did. During pregnancy, major hair loss would be uncommon and it may be a sign of an underactive thyroid or vitamin deficiency.

You should definitely talk to your health care provider so that they can properly diagnose the cause and determine how best to treat it.

Thanks for your question, Aisha! I'm certain there are other soon-to-be Moms out there with the same concern, happy to know they're not alone and relieved to read that their health care provider can address the problem.

Note: The information provided here is not meant to replace a visit to your health care provider. He or she knows you, and your medical history, better than anyone. We strongly encourage you to speak with your health care professional about your particular health concerns.

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