Having a baby makes your hair fall out.

Postpartum Hair Loss. 

It’s normal (to some degree) but not all that often talked about. In fact, I’m in a group with a bunch of women who had babies in the same month as me and have only seen one single post in regards to it.

Here I am, just under 4 months postpartum, looking like a total snack with a receding hairline on just one side of my head.

postpartum hair loss

Luckily it’s not really all that noticeable if I wear by hair back while it’s parted or when I have my hair down. Unluckily for me, I really like my high slicked back ponytails. They’re a thing of the past for now.

Straight after blow drying (and pumping because, mom life) It still looks like it has tons of volume. My husband didn’t really believe me that it was noticeable until I showed him the picture above.

pumphair

Every time that I brush my hair (not often) or wash it (again, not that often) I’m convinced I’m going to be bald when I look in the mirror. The amount of hair that comes out in my hands while washing, on the round brush when blowdrying, on the floor, or on any pony tail holder is astounding. I don’t remember it being this dramatic with my other two children but per google, everything I’m experiencing is normal.

hairball

That’s from my round brush after one single blow dry. 

So, like I said, per google everything I’m experiencing is normal. These are a few things that I’ve learned after what felt like hours searching and reading other peoples experiences.

  • Between 50% – 60% of women experience postpartum hair loss.
  • It’s related to your hormones. When you’re pregnant the extra estrogen makes your hair look bomb. When that estrogen drops, BAM. YA’ BALD. All that extra gorgeous hair you grew, falls out.
  • The estrogen from pregnancy drops around 3 months postpartum. This is usually when the hair loss begins. It ends somewhere between 6-12 months postpartum.
  • If your hair loss is severe, doesn’t hurt to check with your doctors.
  • Breastfeeding has nothing to do with postpartum hair loss.
  • On average, you’ll lose about 40 strands of hair a day. This is normal shedding process. A postpartum woman will lose between 200-400.  This explains a lot.
  • Keep taking that prenatal vitamin and fill up on protein! Nothing is going to STOP the process but this can make it a little easier on your hair.

So, don’t panic.

Even though I’m not so secretly panicking a little bit. I don’t have the funds for the nice hair pieces. I can’t be walking around looking like Donald Trump.

In all seriousness, I’d go bald to have Audrey again. She’s totally worth it. If you’re going through the same, chin up.

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