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Q&A: Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

I noticed more hair than usual on my brush and in the drain. Is that connected to my pregnancy?
ByLara Simondi
Nurse-Midwife
Updated
February 26, 2017
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Don’t freak out, but yes, you might lose some hair — usually within the first few months after baby’s born.

During pregnancy, your hormone levels are high — lots of moms-to-be enjoy thicker, shinier hair because of them — and after delivery, they drop. One side effect of that drastic plummet is hair loss. We’re not talking going bald. More realistically, you might notice some extra hair near your shower drain or in your hairbrush. As it grows back, you may spot some shorter pieces of hair, but believe us, it will grow back. There’s not much you can do about this hair loss, but you can try to prevent some breakage by avoiding tight ponytails and braids and not going too crazy with the hairdryer and other heat-styling appliances.

Okay, that said, there are some very rare cases in which you might lose hair during pregnancy, and while it’s probably no big deal, if it’s severe (like causing bald spots), or it’s not growing back, you’ll definitely want to tell your health care provider. It could be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

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