Is your hair abnormally thin or dry after giving birth? If yes, please read this article and share it with other mothers who may be experiencing the same thing.
Many women complain of hair shedding after giving birth. This shedding is expected as increased estrogen levels during pregnancy prevents normal shedding, When estrogen levels normalize, the hair that was not shed during pregnancy is shed. Most women return to their normal hair cycle within 6-12 months after giving birth.
What is not normal is continued excessive hair shedding after a year. If you experience it, your thyroid gland may be the culprit. 10% of women experience postpartum inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis) and it often goes undiagnosed as some of the signs of thyroiditis mimic those that are often associated with having a baby.
The thyroid gland plays a vital role in the regulation of breathing, heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature and cholesterol levels.
Signs associated with an overactive thyroid are feelIng cold, fatigue, dry skin, forgetfulness, depression, difficulty losing weight, constipation and irregular or heavy menstruation.
Signs associated with an underactive thyroid are nervousness, irritability, fast or irregular heart beat, sleep disturbances, muscle weakness, more frequent bowel movements, and a shorter and lighter menstrual flow.
Hair loss happens to be associated with both.
If you are experiencing some of the above signs, have a family history of thyroid disorder and have given birth over a year ago, please get your thyroid tested to include T3, T4 and TSH.