One of the most frightening cosmetic events from a young woman is losing hair and most women lose a lot of hair in the first 3 to 6 months after they give birth. As a matter of fact they can lose up to 30 to 40 percent of their hair but relax; it’s normal and it’s all growing back. The reason that you lose that much hair is because during pregnancy instead of 10 to 15 percent of your hairs being sleeping, which means they’re not growing and falling out and 85 to 90 percent of your hairs being in a growing stage, during pregnancy that ratio shifts and 30 to 40 percent move into that sleeping stage which means they’re all going to fall out together which is exactly what you see between three and six months. But of course the good news is 6 to 12 months later those 30 to 40 percent that went to sleep wake up again and they grow again. But what can you do to decrease the amount of hair that you’re losing during those first 3 to 6 months? First of all, most women realize that they’re losing hair because they see all the hair at the bottom of the shower and they think that showering bad. Showering is not bad, it’s not causing those hairs to fall out, those hairs were ready to fall out, they would’ve fallen out anyway. In fact, shampooing is good, it keeps your scalp clean, it keeps it healthy and it helps to prevent dandruff and inflammation, both of which themselves contribute to and do cause hair loss. So, in the first 3 to 6 months after you give birth, the way that you can minimize the normal hair loss is first of all, maintain your normal pattern of shampooing and make sure your shampooing at least every other day, be gentle with your hair, don’t comb at it, don’t tease it, comb it and brush it gently, use a conditioner or a cream rinse, it helps to lubricate the hair so there’s less friction on the hair from shampooing, from brushing, from combing or even from your clothing and just handling it. And fourth and most importantly, stop worrying because I promise you, by the baby’s first birthday party almost all of that hair will have re-grown.