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Selma Blair Worries Over Postpartum Hair Loss

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selma blair baby hair lossMotherhood has its ups and downs, and as new mom Selma Blair has discovered, postpartum hair loss is one thing that can get you down.

The 39 year-old actress couldn't be more content with Arthur, her four month-old baby boy, but the postpartum hormone shift and body changes are pretty hard to ignore. In some cases, even perfectly natural changes can be alarming.

"This is not so glamorous, but it's true: I need to take longer showers so that I can collect the hair that falls out and throw it away so I don't clog the drain," says Blair on the topic of her postpartum hair loss, "Why do actresses never talk about that?"

Although it's not talked about, it's certainly not uncommon: in fact, the American Pregnancy Association insists that between 40% and 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss in the first six months to one year after they give birth. Luckily, there are two good reasons why you shouldn't be alarmed.

First, it's important to note that you've actually stored up more hair during pregnancy due to the high levels of estrogen in your body. This hormone prolongs the growing phase of the hair and tends to shorten or stop the resting and shedding phases (both of which are completely natural and necessary). This is why you may have noticed thicker, shinier and stronger hair during your nine months.

However, that lustrous mane cannot last forever. Once your estrogen begins to drop, more hair moves into the resting phase, and eventually the final shedding phase. This means that you'll likely lose more hair than you're used to -- sometimes from specific areas, leaving you with temporary bald spots -- but it won't last forever.

At SureBaby.com, we know postpartum issues can be difficult to deal with. Do you share Selma Blair's worry about postpartum hair loss? Did you experience the same hair changes through each of your pregnancies, or did your hair loss patterns differ?

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