Ask the doctor
QI had a baby six months ago. While I was pregnant my hair was thick and shiny, but now it is coming out in handfuls. The shower tray and my brush are full of it. a friend has recommended some supplements, but I am still breastfeeding. Is it safe to take them? Jenny, Dunstable
APlease don’t worry. It is totally normal to lose a lot of hair after having a baby. We all lose about 100 hairs a day, but when we are pregnant that loss stops (hence the feeling of thick hair). A few months after delivery, all the hairs that would have been lost during pregnancy (around 28,000) fall out together. This will soon stop and return to normal.