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Postpartum Hair Loss

5 ways to deal with one of motherhood’s less glam side effects.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Pregnant women are often believed to be enriched with lots and lots of glow, which is a direct result of improvised blood volume, circulation and oil secretion, producing a natural radiance on the skin. It also comes along with hair thickening; pregnancy offers you the healthy locks you’ve long dreamed of, hopefully, forever.

But post childbirth, something happens in between those sleepless nights and worn-out days. Three to 6 months after baby arrives, that thick, gorgeous hair disappears. While taking a quick shower, you suddenly realize that your beautiful locks are coming off in clumps! As if being sleep deprived and experiencing a hormonal roller coaster weren’t enough, now add to the woes that you feel like you’re going bald!

Don’t worry -- you won’t. Postpartum hair loss is very common. Your thick hair was due to the high estrogen levels in your body during pregnancy which suddenly took a plunge after the childbirth, triggering the normal hair shedding process of your body. Luckily, your sudden hair loss will narrow down to its usual rate of within 6 to 12 months post your childbirth. In the mean time, here’s some natural remedies to deal with this problem:

1. Gentler hair treatment. Avoid doing ponytails or any tight hairdos. Just let your hair flow loosely. Also avoid excess heat which causes hair loss. After your shower, allow your hair locks to air dry, and limit your curling iron usage. Avoid hair coloring until the shedding halts.

2. A well-balanced diet. Post childbirth, and particularly when you’re nursing, your body requires the right mix of nutrients to remain in the pink. Those flavonoids and antioxidants originating in fruits and veggies prop up hair growth. Eggs, seeds, nuts and fish (all are prominent Omega-3 Fatty Acid sources) help retain a healthy scalp. Protein- and iron-rich foods neutralize hair loss. Don’t think about losing those extra pregnancy pounds immediately after childbirth by opting for a whim diet. Feast on regular and balanced meals of whole grains, fruits, veggies and lean proteins for beautiful healthy hair.

3. Stress-reduction methods. Postnatal stress can also result in hair loss. Engage in stress-reduction methods like exercise, meditation, laughter-yoga, nature walks, your personal hobby, pet therapy or any other activity which keeps you occupied. Consider it a priority to take care of both your baby and yourself during those initial few months after baby arrives.

4. Hair-products makeover. Instead of all those commercial shampoos (which strip essential oils off your hair and deposit harsh, irksome sulfates), you can switch over to organic shampoo followed by a quick vinegar rinse. During nights, gently apply and rub a vital oil-mix onto the scalp. Coconut or rosemary oil helps stimulate hair follicles.

5. Vital supplements intake. Many experts feel that intake of certain supplements can help in neutralizing hair loss. These supplements include vitamins, omega-3 supplements, Biotin (a Vitamin B supplement vital for healthy hair), Saw Palmetto and zinc. Consult your physician and always read warning labels before consuming any of these supplements.

Postpartum hair loss is temporary and quite normal, and something they should never be ashamed of. But if you feel your hair loss is excessive and possibly associated with other symptoms, consult your doctor.

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Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

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