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Hair loss after giving birth

Hair loss after giving birth is called telogen effluvium.

It is common for hair to thin out after your baby's birth. You may notice that you have a temporary loss of hair from your head.

Symptoms of hair loss

You may notice more hair:

  • coming out when you brush your hair
  • building up in the shower drain
  • on your pillow
  • around your home

Your hair may become thinner all over your scalp. Some women may have patches where their hair loss is more noticeable.

Causes of hair loss

The rapid change in hormone levels causes your hair to move from the growth phase to the shedding phase.

Managing hair loss after giving birth

Telogen effluvium usually resolves after 3 to 6 months. This is the normal length of the shedding phase before the growth phase begins again.

You do not need to have treatment. Your GP may suggest doing blood tests to check your iron and thyroid levels.

If you smoke, stopping smoking will help.

Eat a healthy diet. Foods that contain iron and protein, fresh fruit and vegetables can help.

Consider taking a vitamin supplement designed for breastfeeding or postnatal women.

Page last reviewed: 25 July 2023
Next review due: 25 July 2026