Pregnancy Skin Problems: Hair Changes

We've got advice for all your hair-related concerns during pregnancy.


There are some good things and not so great things that happen to your hair during and after pregnancy. The good news is you will have the fullest hair of your life. You will love your hair while you're pregnant, and the reason is that your hair stopped shedding while you're pregnant, so normally about 10 percent of our hairs are shedding any given time, and that stops during pregnancy. The downside is that you're not shedding hair anywhere else either. So you may find you have more hair on your face, your belly, and your back which can be distressing. You can remove the hair by waxing, shaving, threading, or laser hair removal, but know that if you don't do any of those things, the hair is gonna come out anyway about 6 months after you deliver. Now I need to warn you about something. About 3 to 6 months after you have your baby, you're gonna start shedding a lot of hair. This is called telogen effluvium, and it's totally normal. It can be very alarming because you'll lose up to 200 hairs a day and many of those from the top of your head. I remember even though I counsel women on this every single day how freaked out I was when it happened with my own children. What you need to do is take a deep breath. Time and patience is gonna bring all that hair back.

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