Noticeable hair loss after having a baby is common, temporary, and caused by changes in a woman’s estrogen levels, according to a media release from the American Academy of Dermatology.

“It usually starts about 3 to 4 months after giving birth and peaks several weeks later. The good news is that women don’t have to do anything to remedy it. By their child’s first birthday or even earlier, most women see their hair return to its normal fullness,” says Jessica J. Krant, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in the release.

Krant offers the following tips for women who still may be bothered by excessive hair shedding, the release explains:

1) Use a thickening shampoo. These shampoos often contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.
2) Avoid “2-in-1” conditioner-shampoo. These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down your hair and make it look limp.
3) Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down your hair. Avoid conditioners labeled “intensive,” as these are too heavy.
4) Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Avoid your scalp and the top half of your hair to prevent your hair from being weighed down.
5) Try a new hairstyle. Some haircuts can make hair appear fuller. An experienced hair stylist can help you find a cut, style or color that works well for you. Avoid treatments that may worsen hair loss, such as chemical treatments or excessive styling.

“If your hair does not regain normal fullness after one year, see a board-certified dermatologist,” Krant advises. “People lose hair for many reasons, and an accurate diagnosis is essential for treatment.”

These tips and others are part of the AAD’s informational page, “Hair Loss in New Moms.”

[Source(s): American Academy of Dermatology, Newswise]