Hair loss during pregnancy and after childbirth

29-30 weeks pregnant, Health advice, Postnatal, Your questions

Hello Everyone,

I often get questions about scalp changes and hair loss during pregnancy and after childbirth.

In this article:



Some pregnant women will have hair that becomes vibrant and silky, which makes them happy. Others will find that their hair becomes dull, breakable, oily and less flexible than usual.

The increase in estrogen and the use of vitamin supplements destabilises the scalp and the sebum production cycle. Hair texture can go through many changes (from smooth to curly) or none at all. We know that most of the time, estrogen can give life to hair and promote follicle regeneration.

Additionally, increased metabolism during pregnancy causes changes to the scalp, just like for the rest of a pregnant woman’s body.

The Canadian Dermatology Association states that a normal woman can lose 60-100 strands of hair a day without concern. This phenomenon occurs in the hair follicle. Our hair system includes a follicular orifice where the hair grows. Hair growth goes through three continuous phases:

  • Growth phase, where hair grows about 3cm a month. A strand of hair can remain on the scalp 3-6 years before falling out.
  • Regression phase, where the hair strand loses life, degenerates.
  • Rest phase, where the inactive follicle prepares to start the growth phase (return to phase 1).

The pace of these cycles varies from one strand of hair to another. Some will fall out while others start growing. The imbalance between lost hair and growing hair leads to hair loss. The zones most affected are found on the front and top of the head, near the bangs.

Why can pregnancy and childbirth lead to severe hair loss? Excellent question!

Continue reading with Hair loss during pregnancy and after childbirth: possible causes.

Discover our videos

Subscribe to a monthly or quarterly package now to access full videos.

Pregnancy Monitoring

Pregnancy Monitoring

Did your pregnancy test come back positive? Congratulations! Now, what are the stages and exams that will lead you down
Welcoming a Baby that is Different

Welcoming a Baby that is Different

Theme: Welcoming a Baby that is Different In this video broadcast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, and pre-recorded at CHU
Baby Massages

Baby Massages

Do you want to massage your baby but don’t know where to start? In this video, Suzanne Boily, baby massage
Breastfeeding: Specific Situations

Breastfeeding: Specific Situations

Are you breastfeeding and it’s painful? Are you worried you can’t produce enough milk? Along with Dr. Julie Choquette, Marie

Discover other articles

Deafness and Newborns

Deafness and Newborns

Le programme de dépistage de la surdité chez le nouveau-né admissible à l’assurance maladie du Québec, est en place depuis 2008.
How can you avoid listeriosis?

How can you avoid listeriosis?

Did you read Diagnosing Listeriosis? How can you avoid listeriosis? The listeria bacteria live for a long time in the air, in our environment, our
My one-week-old daughter has traces of blood in her diaper

My one-week-old daughter has traces of blood in her diaper

I had my daughter a week ago, and I found traces of blood in her diaper. I can’t figure out why. Marie, have you ever
How do I thaw breast milk?

How do I thaw breast milk?

Marie, I have been told all sorts of things about how to thaw breast milk. I take it out of the freezer and place it

Hair loss during pregnancy and after childbirth

Par Marie Fortier Temps de lecture: 1 min
0