Fearne Cotton suffering from postpartum hair loss

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We get to the bottom of why some new mums start losing their hair...

Fearne Cotton hair loss snap

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According to a study by leading trichologist, Philip Kingsley, postpartum hair loss affects 50% of new mums including Fearne Cotton, who posted this panic-stricken Twitter snap!

Okay, so you won't be going bald overnight, but some loss of hair (even falling out in clumps) can occur because of the delicate balance of your hormones pre and post birth.

Experts aren't 100% sure why it occurs, but here's the current thinking. Oestrogen, the female hormone, is coursing through your blood during pregnancy, extending the growth phase of your hair. This means your hair keeps on growing instead of falling out, which is why so many pregnant women have amazing, glossy hair like Kate Middleton.

But once you give birth your oestrogen levels slump, so the hair that should have been shed during pregnancy starts falling out all at once. Technically, you're only losing hair you should have lost along the way, but when it happens quickly it's still scary.




Like Fearne Cotton most women notice hair loss between two and seven months after giving birth. This sudden fall out can be terrifying but it will stop and your hair will grow back. There's very little you can do to stop this from happening, but taking care of your hair and avoiding heated straighteners and curlers will help.

Eating a healthy hair-friendly diet will also help to keep your crowning glory in tip-top condition. Take a look at the key foods you should be eating in the gallery below...



To keep your hair and scalp clean and healthy post-pregnancy try Phillip Kingsley's Stimulating Scalp Mask and Elasticizer hair mask or massage your scalp with a deep conditioner in kneading motions every time you wash.

Remember colouring hair isn't advised during or straight after pregnancy, but if you really can't resist try Naturtint Reflex (£9.99, Holland & Barrett), which is a much kinder alternative as it doesn't contain ammonia, parabens, resorcinol or peroxide.

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