I have this terrible habit of taking the hairs that fall out when I shampoo, sticking them to the shower walls, curling them into a little hairball, and then tossing it in the trashcan so that it doesn't clog the drain. Sometimes, however, I forget to throw it out. On more than one occasion I've scared the life out of my husband who thought he had come face-to-face with a giant spider or cockroach in our shower. The size of these hairballs became significantly bigger in the months after giving birth. I've always wondered, "can you prevent postpartum hair loss?"
A couple of days before I found out that I was pregnant with my son, I got a really short haircut. I attributed my new lack of hair loss to the removal of years worth of damaged locks. What I didn't realize is that, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), the increase in estrogen during your pregnancy causes more of your hair to be in the growing phase and fewer in the resting phase. This means fewer hairs are resting, or getting ready to shed. However, as the APA mentioned, the drop in estrogen after delivery causes up to 60 percent of your hair to enter the resting state. And those are the hairs that eventually fall out.
This is a normal and natural part of pregnancy, and you can't prevent your hair from entering the resting stage. However, here are some ways you may be able to reduce the amount of hair that falls out postpartum.