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I’m Losing All My Hair

Fun fact: when you get pregnant, your hair gets all thick and full and luscious. Basically, it looks just like those hair models in commercials, so you can walk around and flip your hair over your shoulder and just know it looks good. All those people staring at you? They’re not looking at your ever-growing belly, they’re looking at your awesome hair.

Second (not-so) fun fact: Once you actually have the baby, your awesome hair will go from fab to drab. That may be one of the cheesiest sayings out there, but it’s so true in this case. It’s like your hair knows that you won’t be able to shower and wash it for days at a time, so it just starts losing it’s lushness. Then, once its lost the glow, it gives up forever and just starts falling out of your head. Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen all at once, but once it starts happening, it doesn’t seem to stop.

I heard new moms complain about their strands shedding, but didn’t think anything of it. I made it to three months postpartum and started to pride my mane for rocking this phase; I was excited about being one of the lucky few who would get away with keeping my lovely hair. Then four months rolled around and karma had something different in mind. The first time that I took a shower and ran my hand through my hair and had a clump of loose hair come with it, I started to cry, because I knew it was just the beginning.

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It’s been more than two months since I lost that first batch of hair and I don’t think it has any intention of stopping anytime soon. Loose locks stick to anything I touch (the baby included), brown strands cover my pillow each morning, and after I take a shower it looks like I could be five pounds lighter with the amount of hair that I gathered from my head. I wish I was kidding about how much hair I’m losing, but I’m not. It’s truly amazing that I’m not bald yet.

Can any other moms out there relate to this? Will the hair loss taper off anytime soon or am I doomed to keep shedding until I get pregnant again (not anytime soon) and start this process all over? 

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12 Comments

  1. It's the worst. I'm still shedding at 9 months postpartum….and I seriously don't know how I still have hair left. Plus I'm the only brunette in the house so it's super obvious that it's mine… It does seem to be slowing, but not showing any signs of stopping anytime soon.

  2. I definitely lost SO much hair, but it didn't start until D was a few months old. I got a few inches cut off of it and it helped SO much. When I NEED a haircut it starts shedding a LOT so I just get it trimmed and then it's good again.

  3. I promise you that it stops! I have a TON of hair, and mine started shedding around 4 months also. It was about 3-4 months of heavy shedding, then sorta medium amount. I can't remember when, but I know it was before her first birthday that I was back to my usual amount of shedding (which is still a lot, but nothing like postpartum).

  4. Oh my gosh. I lost TONS of hair after I had Charlotte! I don't think mine started really bad until I got my period back. (Double sigh.) Anyway, I would pull HANDFULS out every time I washed my hair. It was awful. Hair all over the floor and everything else. I've always shed hair like crazy, but that was definitely the worst. I want to say it got better around the time she was like 10 months old….but I honestly can't remember. It wasn't like one day it was awful and the next not. Sort of gradual. But I hope yours stops soon! My hair loss totally made my hairline recede! *cringe*

  5. Ah, I don't have children yet but I remember my girlfriend complaining that she was losing a ton of hair after she gave birth! Is it safe to take a hair and nail pill right now? Also, I SWEAR by the Organix line! I switched over to their hair products about two months ago, and I swear that my hair is thicker and longer!!

  6. I shed a lot in general — they say blondes do more than any other hair color, and since I was *born* blonde, I guess nothing has changed, even though my hair has darkened. But it did get WORSE shortly after both of my kids. I probably was just so used to see it, I didn't notice it AS much!

  7. I definitely did not see ANY improvement whatsoever in my hair throughout my pregnancy. So maybe I won't have any good hair to lose? HAHA! A girl can dream, right? 🙁 Hope yours quits soon!!!

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