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Post partum (pot-pregnancy) hair-fall

Telogen Effluvium Symptoms About 80% of females suffer from excessive hair fall after delivering a child. While in some cases, they get better and are well recovered without any treatment, most patients do not heal alone. The cause may vary in every individual, but some common causes are observed in post-pregnancy hair fall.
The most common cause is a fall in nutrition intake, as many females tend to have good nutrition during pregnancy the same is not continued after pregnancy. While milk is the only majorly consumed nutrition with a gross consideration that it supports lactation. However, it is insufficient to support lactation moms' overall nutritional needs. There is also a common habit of adding something like Shatavari Kalp or other dietary supplements to milk, but this makes the milk heavy to digest. And if digestion is slow, absorption of nutrients is poor, thus worsening the condition from low nutrition to absorption deficiency.
The following common cause is the excessive urge to lose weight as pregnancy adds a few more pounds to the body. Losing weight after pregnancy is essential, but it must be a systematic and healthy process. If the weight loss after pregnancy is rapid or unhealthy, it might trigger or worsen the hair fall and lead to other problems.
Other causes are also responsible, including stress, insufficient or disturbed sleep, gestational endocrinological issues like diabetes or thyroid, etc.
Fortunately, the hair fall triggered post-pregnancy is reversible with proper treatment and guidance, so the condition and its effects are not permanent.
Telogen Effluvium Treatment may vary depending on the causes and the individual's lifestyle and dietary patterns. It is always recommended that the new mom consult a doctor and follow the treatment, but some essential home remedies can be helpful.

1. Have a good sleep
Not only the quantity but also the timing of sleep is essential. It is recommended to sleep early to get good quality sleep.
2. Do some physical exercise
Some physical exercise like walking, pranayam, or anything in one's capacity is recommended for good blood circulation, and it also helps to improve digestion and absorption of nutrition.
3. Consume iron-rich food
While the baby gets whatever nutrition is required irrespective of the mother's deficiencies, most females lack iron and other micronutrients post-delivery. Although any nutritional supplement must be taken under doctors' supervision, food like ragi, nuts, spinach, and beetroot are good sources of iron to be included in the diet.
4. Keep scalp clean
When there is no internal health issue, it is primarily the unhygienic scalp that causes hair fall. Dandruff or a congested scalp can trigger hair fall and even worsen it. So it is advisable to wash hair at least twice a week and seek a consultation to treat it in case there is a concern of dandruff for a long time.

Medical treatment for postpregnancy hair fall
The treatment begins with a diagnosis or finding the cause of hair fall. This starts a tricoscopic analysis of the scalp and hair to identify the cause of hair fall, along with a detailed consultation and a few blood tests if required. When you visit a doctor for a hair fall problem, try to get along the blood tests and other relevant medical histories to understand your case better.

At Skin Hive clinic in Pune; we provide a polarised tricoscopic scalp analysis, including consultation, and offer herbal medication as a line of treatment to avoid any possible ill effects on the mother and child. Click here to book your appointment for hair fall solutions in Pune & PCMC.

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