I love my hair. It's soft, shiny, and straight. And it's very thick. Every stylist I met comments on how thick my hair is. One stylist even complained that it was so much work to cut my hair and said she was sweating while working on me. HA! So imagine how crushed I am right now to lose so much hair and feel out thin my ponytail is!
I'm three and a half months postpartum and my hair has been falling out in clumps in the last few weeks! It's a horrifying sight when I clog the shower drain cover after every shower, see my hair all over the floor, in my baby's hands when she pulls on it, and in a massive bunch in my brush! Oh and my hairline is terrifying! I visibly lost hair on the right and left side of my forehead! I feel I definitely lost more hair this time around than the first pregnancy. So why does this happen?
Why does this happen?
I was told by my doctor that postpartum hair loss happens to a lot of moms. A large amount of hair will start to fall out at around three to four months after delivery and will continue to fall out for the following four to six months. In some cases up to a year!
It may seem like you're going bald, but it's not entirely the case. Your hair is just shedding the hair that would have fallen out throughout the nine months you were pregnant. On average a woman will lose about 100 strands a day! Wow! Your hair loss is prolonged during pregnancy because of higher estrogen levels.
Well, that's good, right? But how do we deal with it while we wait to get our normal thickness back?
Tips For Postpartum Hair
Here's my haircut! I've had this cut or something similar before and I felt it was best to go back to it because of all the shedding! My goodness, it really sucks constantly cleaning long strands of hair from everywhere! I feel more put together and confident with this 'do too. And my bangs help mask some of the receding from the hair loss.
Oh, one more thing. Please be vigilant in sweeping up and vacuuming your hair strands. They turn up everywhere! I found a strand in my baby's diaper, wrapped around her toes and in her hands. It's very dangerous because it can cut off circulation to your baby's appendages. The term for it is called a hair tourniquet. Be careful!
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