Did you know it’s normal to lose hair after having a baby? Here is my experience with postpartum hair loss.
During my pregnancy, everyone told me that my hair would become thick, beautiful, and luscious. Funny thing is I didn’t notice its beauty until the last month of my pregnancy. I guess it took my hormones 8 months to get the memo that they needed to focus on my hair… and then during postpartum, your beautiful hair falls out.
NOTICE THE HAIR…AND SKIN…so so pretty. Don’t mind the demonic face from A… she was not having all the cameras.
After I had Annabelle, my hair, nails, and skin were still amazing. The surge of Estrogen in my system did wonders for my appearance, and while my clothes didn’t fit, I at least felt pretty when I looked in the mirror. A few Moms in my Mommy and Me group mentioned their wacky skin breakouts and hair loss. I wasn’t experiencing any acne or hair loss by 4 months postpartum, so I thought, “Hmm, maybe I will skip that part.” I swear the next week I pulled a clump of hair from my head while I was in the shower.
Then the postpartum hair loss kicked in full force.
Now that I am almost five months postpartum, I notice a difference in my hair.
It is thinner, less shiny, and blow drying it has become a chore. My hair is EVERYWHERE. I have to use a Dust Buster in the bathroom daily. I have to clean the shower drain after I step out of it each morning. My hair is in little clumps on the rug, stuck to Annabelle’s hands and feet, and … it appears in food that I cook! My husband gags every time he finds a hair in our kitchen, which I can’t help because it’s like strands just hop off my head and onto the counter.
I sent this picture to B while he was at work yesterday. He thought it was fake… that I somehow made myself look like I was going bald. THIS IS REAL friends. I can’t even pull my hair back anymore, because I look like I have the receding hairline of a 50 year old man.
After some google-ing, I discovered that there really isn’t anything you can do about postpartum hair loss. It apparently takes 6-12 months for your hair to go back to is post-baby ways. This is quite unsettling, since I am at 5 months pp and thinking If my hair keeps falling out at this rate, I will have nothing left by 12 months pp!
Post updated 1.26.2017
It took well over a year and a half for the places in which my hair fell out grew back to a reasonable length. Around my face and at the base of my scalp is where most of my hair thinned out. The regrowth turned out to be just as irritating as the bald spots since I have curly hair that’s straightened a few times a week. The regrowth would shoot out very obviously and refuse to relax. I don’t recommend cutting your hair short during this time. I know a lot of Moms who thought a haircut would make the postpartum hair loss seem less, but it only made it seem worse.
My Best Tips: Find ways to style your hair where it falls forward, avoid pulling it straight back, and KEEP TAKING YOUR VITAMINS!
Fast forward two and a half years from when I first wrote this post and I am now in my fifth postpartum month after having our newest daughter, Ailey. The hair loss is in full force.
The amount of hair that’s falling out in the shower seems to be increasing rapidly and my poor toddler has found more of my hair wound around her toys or stuck to her clothes than she’d like. I have had to explain to her that I can’t help that my hair is falling out, but it’s all because Ailey is no longer in my belly making my hair grow long and fast. Thankfully she sympathizes with me.
I’m trying my best to wear my hair in ways that hides the fact my hair is thinning out around my face and at the base of my scalp. It’s not easy to keep your long hair down all day when you’re nursing a grabby handed baby. Since Annabelle, I never found any ways to prevent postpartum hair loss, nor did I find a solution for the pesky postpartum hair regrowth.
The best advice I have about postpartum hair loss is DON’T STRESS!
It always looks worse to you than it does to anyone else. Plus, most of the world is not going to notice a change in the amount of hair on your head. It’s just those that you live with who suffer when they find one of your long strands in their dinner…. sorry for that husband.
Have you ever had to deal with postpartum hair loss? Do you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions?