Hair loss associated with pregnancy is actually more common than most people realize. Most women actually experience a small amount of hair loss while pregnant, even if they don't realize it. Along with a lot of other changes that occur as a side effect of pregnancy, hormones often cause hair to fall out. Hair loss during pregnancy may be minimal in one woman, but may be very noticeable in another woman. Hair loss really does vary from pregnancy to pregnancy, even with one woman.
Hair loss after pregnancy is just as common as hair loss during pregnancy. At both times, hair loss is typically caused by surges of hormones, and also the body's focus on the pregnancy above all else. Hair loss may not be what most women expect, but it's really nothing to be embarrassed about, either. If you are experiencing pregnancy related hair loss, just talk to other women who have had one or more pregnancies and you'll find out that you aren't alone!
Luckily, because the hair loss during and after pregnancy is usually related to hormone imbalances the hair loss is very temporary. In fact, you may experience significant hair loss one trimester and then the next trimester your hair grows really fast and is suddenly very thick. Pregnancy does crazy things with hormones, and you just never really know what is going to happen! Just take it all in stride, and realize that losing some hair is well worth it to bring a child, your child, into the world.
Just because hair loss is somewhat usual during pregnancy, it doesn't mean you shouldn't mention it to your doctor. There really is not too much information you can give your doctor during pregnancy, so if you notice that you are consistently experiencing hair loss after pregnancy or any time during, let your doctor know at your next visit. Your doctor can quickly eliminate any other reasons, just to be safe. If you've had continuous care during your pregnancy, your doctor will usually notice, and even if he or she doesn't, they'll be able to assure you that you are just fine.
If you are looking for ways to cover up hair loss you might want to think about cutting your hair if you are wearing it really long. The thinning of your hair might be more noticeable if you have long hair, so trim it and maybe ask your hair stylist to put a few chunky layers in to add volume. Also try covering up hair loss by putting your hair up into a ponytail or other hair accessories. Headbands often do a great job of covering up hair loss that is obvious on the scalp. Play with all of these things, or just ignore the hair loss, as it's usually very temporary! If the hair loss makes you extremely uncomfortable, you can always look into wigs or temporary pieces, although that usually is not necessary for this type of hair loss.
Take it all in stride, and remember that just about anything is worth bringing your healthy child into the world. Whatever uncomfortable your hair loss may make you, in a few months your hair and your life will be completely different! You will be so busy with your new bundle of joy, you might not even notice that your hair has grown back and that it has become even thicker!