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Q: I just recently had a baby girl. A month ago I realized my otherwise very thick and strong healthy hair began to shed noticeably and it is beginning to worry me. I don't know if its form being stressed because I need a job or is it from me having the baby who is now 3 months old (note: I have a 8 year old son and it did not happen when I had him.)
Thank you for you help.

A: It is normal to shed hair a few weeks after giving birth. Estrogen makes hair grow faster and stay on the head longer. Levels of estrogen go up during pregnancy but drop sharply as soon as the placenta separates. This triggers later shedding.

However androgenic alopecia can show itself in this situation. So if the shedding does not slow down soon and the hair start to fill in, this may be the beginning of AGA. This is discussed in detail in my article on this website

I hope this helps.


Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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