Fans of Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona may have spotted her concerns about post-pregnancy hair loss (also known as post-partum hair loss) on Twitter recently. The 33 year old star was already mum to four children and gave birth to her fifth – daughter Dylan-Jorge Rose – just five weeks ago. Whilst Kerry’s Twitter feed shows she is revelling in the experience of being a new mum once again, she also seems concerned about female hair loss.
Kerry recently tweeted she felt like “Gizmo from the Gremlins” after the top of her hair started breaking and falling out just a few weeks after the birth of her daughter. Her fifth birth was a traumatic one, with her fiancé George Kay revealing he feared he would lose both Kerry and the baby during the delivery. Kerry lost a lot of blood after suffering a burst placenta but has since recovered. Luckily, Kerry still has plenty to smile about – her beautiful new daughter is perfectly healthy.
Post-Partum hair loss: A common issue
Experiencing hair loss after giving birth is more common than you might think. Fluctuations in hormone levels during pregnancy means that many women experience thicker, more lustrous hair. When these same hormone levels drop after giving birth, the result can be hair loss. Many new mums experience this, and in most cases hair should gradually return to normal, although this can take between six and 12 months.
Hormone levels that cause hair loss after pregnancy
Hair loss after pregnancy is cause by dropping oestrogen levels, which causes hair to enter the ‘telogen’ or resting phase. Many women, particularly those with longer hair, notice more hair coming out on their brush or in the shower, and whilst hair growth should return to normal, if hair loss persists, there may be another root cause which should always be investigated. Telogen Effluvium is a condition which affects many new mums, where the follicles enter the resting phase prematurely and hair is shed. This can be caused by stress on the body, such as pregnancy and child birth.
For those experiencing post-partum hair loss, it’s important to rule out other conditions, such as thyroid issues, lack of essential vitamins and minerals or other medical issues. Seeing a hair loss specialist for a consultation can help to give you peace of mind – they will be able to recommend a bespoke female hair loss treatment programme if necessary. The last thing you want to worry about when you’re a new mum is your hair!
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.