My Hair is FALLING OUT!

February 21, 2012

Well, Not any more – But, a little less than a year ago, this was what I was crying about.  Every time I took a shower I would run my hands through my hair and get a clump of hair in my hands.  It was scary.  I was terrified that I was going to be bald after just a few more showers!

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Of course one of the first things I did was take this concern to the internet!
Looking at sites for hair loss in women I found a lot of information about hair loss in women that is more age related, but then came across the hormone related “post-pregnancy” hair loss.

I had had a baby (Ethan) just a few months before – and had some of the best hair days of my life. I went from that, to needing to change my hairstyle from the side part that I so typically love to have back to that boring center-part… because I was balding in a ‘widow’s peak’ fashion, leaving an extra bare area where my part would be.

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I was SO excited to read that it was NORMAL to lose hair after pregnancy!

It apparently happens in about 40-50% of women post-pregnancy.  I guess for me it happened after I discontinued breastfeeding.  It has to do with the hormone levels returning back to normal from their increased state.

When you’re pregnant your high levels of hormones causes your normal cycle of hair loss to get put on ‘pause’ and that’s why you’re left with such amazing hair (and nails, and skin…).  So after the hormones go back to normal, all the hair that should have been released over those 9 months of pregnancy tends to start coming out all at once.  It can be isolated to specific areas as well.

Personally I found that the more days I went without showering, the more hair would fall out at once.  Also – putting my hair in the ‘Mommy Ponytail’ also seemed to add to the loss of hair.

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It seemed to me like that hair was never going to stop falling out or even grow back – but did start to eventually.  Now I’ve got several areas of hair that is JUST long enough to get into my eyes… Growing hair out can be tough.

Now.  If we could just get the rest of my hormones under control now so that my FACE can get back to normal… we’d be Golden.

Did your hair fall out after pregnancy??

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Comments

  1. My hair really started falling out when I stopped breastfeeding! It was scary for me too as I don’t have a whole lot to begin with! I was glad I have bangs to hide all those tiny little hairs that soon started growing back on the front of my hairline.

  2. My hair did the same thing after birth. I am still breast feeding so I sure hope it doesn’t happen again. My mom is a hair dresser so I immediately called her and she pointed me in the right direction. I got special shampoo (nioxon, or clinicure. Both have a minty smell and tingle a bit) for thinning hair to slow the clumping loss to just a heavy/normal loss and it also stimulates hair regrowth. I too had bald/super thin patches in the widows peak area. My mom advised me not to freak out and cut my hair off until it started filling out a bit. Once it did cutting it shorter eased the stress on the longer hairs and added body. You are very right that pulling it back only makes it worse. I was a pony addict! For the ladies who freaked out like me, Rest assured it does grow back! Turns out short hair forces me to keep it styled and people seem to like it better short.

    Ps. If you are breast feeding DO NOT use rogain! It will pass into your milk and it is NOT safe!

  3. Yep! About 3 months post-partum I started shedding hair like crazy. It was especially noticeable in the shower. 🙂

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