What is Postpartum Hair Loss?

Postpartum hair loss, also called postpartum alopecia, is a very common temporary, but sudden loss of hair after giving birth. Every new mom experiences different levels of hair shedding some lose a few strands others lose big clumps at a time. Regardless, postpartum hair loss can have psychological effects on a women’s mood and negatively affect her self-esteem.

A normal hair cycle usually lasts 3-5 years before it is replaced. A hair cycle has three phases:

1. Anagen – growth phase

2. Catagen – a short transitional phase that lasts approximately 10 days

3. Telogen – resting phase when hair eventually falls out


Explaining postpartum hair loss can get very technical, but at the core of it all we want to know why it happens and how Mamagen can help. During pregnancy, high levels of estrogen and progesterone cause an increase in hair and nail growth. To put it plainly, a study has shown that during pregnancy 95% of women’s hair are in Anagen (the growth phases) vs. approximately 85% of non-pregnant women’s hair at any given time. This is all well and good to have killer hair and nails during pregnancy, however the fun begins after the baby is born. The postpartum hormone level drop lowers the hair growth phases down to about 75%. To put it in basic numbers a woman typically loses about 100 hairs a day, postpartum moms can lose over 400! It also doesn’t help that stress, low iron levels and other common hair loss factors also come into play postpartum.

So why Mamagen? Collagen has been clinically researched to show that it promotes hair growth! Mamagen has a blend of 5 types of collagen including Marine Collagen which is rich in amino acids that help produce keratin protein for hair growth. Collagen can also help to shift the hair growth cycle (keep more of your hair in Anagen) and also deliver nutrients to keep the hair follicle healthy. The addition of powerful antioxidants Vitamin C and Elderberry also help to maintain healthy collagen levels and as we all know collagen is the building block for your entire body (hair, skin, nails, joints, tendons and more!) Check out below to see the full benefits of Mamagen not just for hair loss!