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If You're Losing It...

Even if you weren't glowing during pregnancy, at least your hair looked good, right? Well, three to five months after delivery, those lustrous locks may start to land in the shower drain.

Why it happens: Due to high hormone levels, pregnant women have more hair in a growing phase (as opposed to a "resting" phase, when old hairs fall out). "Hairs are retained longer than normal in pregnancy, and the scalp plays catch-up after delivery," explains dermatologist Barbara Reed, M.D., head of the Denver Skin Clinic.

The good news: Your hair should be back to normal within four to six months. If hair loss lasts longer than that or if you develop bald spots, talk to your doctor. "It may be due to a protein or iron deficiency or a thyroid condition," says Dr. Reed.

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