SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, Aug. 9, 2016
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you've recently had a baby and think your hair is falling out, don't despair.
Many new mothers experience hair loss, but an expert says the problem is usually short-lived.
"Excessive hair shedding after pregnancy is very common and caused by falling estrogen levels," said Dr. Jessica Krant, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in New York City.
"It usually starts about three to four months after giving birth and peaks several weeks later. The good news is that women don't have to do anything to remedy it. By their child's first birthday or even earlier, most women see their hair return to its normal fullness," she explained in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.
She offers these tips for new moms who are bothered by thinning hair:
"If your hair does not regain normal fullness after one year, see a board-certified dermatologist," Krant said. "People lose hair for many reasons, and an accurate diagnosis is essential for treatment."
The March of Dimes has more about new mothers and hair loss.