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Don't Pull Your Hair Out
Stay calm if you start to lose hair after giving birth. It's a natural byproduct of that extra-lush hair you had while pregnant.
Stay calm if you start to lose hair after giving birth. It's a natural byproduct of that extra-lush hair you had while pregnant.
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It's hard to be a new mom, but don't pull your hair out. The truth is, your hair will remove itself (in droves) all on its own. About three months after giving birth, those luxuriously full locks you flipped over your shoulder throughout your pregnancy will begin to shed. And by shed, we're warning you: You may feel like a bird molting its feathers. Before you consider drastic measures, like spray-painting the bald spot you're just sure is forming on the top of your head, take heart: You aren't going bald.

This hair loss is (unfortunately) normal. Turns out, the 100 hairs you would normally shed over the course of a non-pregnant day are getting revenge. Now that you're not pumping extra estrogen, those ten-fold follicles -- and a few extra -- are jumping ship. By the time your baby celebrates her first birthday, your hair will be back to normal.


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