The Nitty Gritty Of Postpartum Hair Loss

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This picture is of me, way back in the day when I had a TON of hair!

I wish this post were about excess hair on my head, no let’s talk about hair loss in your postpartum days.

I have never had a problem with my hair being thin. The day I was born I had a full of head of hair, and I’m not joking. I had so much hair on my head, that according to my mom and dad I had bangs coming straight out of the womb.

My mom said my hair was coming down my forehead; they had to tie my hair up as a newborn. At ten months old, I even had little pigtails.

Then in my 6th-grade school picture I had hair that was over hair sprayed, and so big it was coming off the picture border. Mind you this was the early nineties, and big hair was in. We used to tease our hair and then spray the shit out of it with hair spray.

I remember going through a can of hair spray like it was water. I had overspray hair spray all over my bathroom counters and floor.

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Fast forward to my thirties I became pregnant.

My hair was luscious never fell out and was crazy healthy. I felt like my beauty was on another level when I was pregnant.

Don’t get me wrong I never felt bigger,more swollen, and puffy in all my years. But, my skin was clear, my nails grew fast and strong, and my hair was luscious.

As you know being pregnant you read a million books, you scour the internet for every possible thing that could happen to you.

Of all those articles, they preached that my hair would fall out during my postpartum days.

I even remember my good friend after she had a baby, she admitted her hair was falling out. She didn’t know this was normal and made an appointment with her doctor. It’s the unspoken truth after you have a baby.

Again, being the naive person I can be, I thought how bad it could be, no biggie if my hair falls out.

Boy, it has been painful to see the clumps of hair falling out every day.

It hit me like a Mack truck just struck me out of now where. It was around my fifth month of postpartum, and to be honest I was starting to feel good physically.

Then all of a sudden, I noticed hair clumps everywhere, and I mean it looked like an animal was living in our house. We have a dog that doesn’t shed, but you would think a black lab lived at our house.

My hair routine is simple, I take a shower and wash my hair.

I then put a leave in conditioner and comb the knots out of my hair. Now during my hair loss days, the knots were bigger, and the comb stopped mid shaft of my hair. I had to fight my hair to pull the comb through.

The result was big hairy clumps coming out of my head.

I then would proceed to put my hair on the walls of my shower. I can just picture Sean taking a shower and closing his eyes to have peace and quiet finally.

Then he opens his eyes to see my hairy clumps on the wall.

I’m sure I get the award for making him think I’m sexy.

So hair was everywhere, in my car, on Anniston’s toys, wood floor, sometimes even on my breakfast, and the carpet my daughter plays on.

I would sweep my floor, and I would do it in the morning when nobody was looking, I couldn’t have a single soul see my huge hairy clumps.

My hair was consuming my life, and invading my family. I swear I couldn’t wait to get my normal hair life back.

So now I’m in my ten month of postpartum, and I can report my hair loss has been in control.

Yes, I lose a little hair here and there, but nothing like those three months of hell. But, sadly with all the hair loss, my hair decides to grow back, yay!  But, my hair line is where most of the hair fell out, so now I have baby hairs all over my face. That’s real fun to try to control!

I’m starting to part my hair different, to control the frizz of the million hairs sticking up on my head. Not to mention, and I have baby hair covering my hair line.

I pray to God this hair grows faster than a weed. Did any of you mama’s fight hair loss after your baby?

Please make me not feel like I’m the only one with this scary problem!

 

5 Comments
  • maria
    February 11, 2015

    It’s like clockwork—4/5 months postpartum and your hair starts to fall out. I’ve definitely been there. I always feel especially paranoid that hair is going to end up in our dinner. In all seriousness, the one thing you have to really be careful about is creating a ‘hair tourniquet’ on your child (google it). I read about it when I had my first, and then it actually happened with my second. I was nursing her, and suddenly, I looked down to see one of my hairs wrapped super tightly around her toe. The tip of her toe had turned a deep purple. It was very scary, but luckily we caught it before the situation got more serious. We had to get a magnifying glass to help cut the hair, and there was still some doubt that we had successfully cut through all of because she had a circular dent around her toe for a few days (according to the nurse, that is normal). This is a pretty common thing during the hair loss days when your hair may get caught in their clothing in the laundry machine (TMI–especially dangerous for boys in their private areas). The joys of post-partum bodies…. 🙂

    • Mama Megan
      February 11, 2015

      I actually have heard of that before, super scary! It never happened thank goodness, but I will keep an eye out. Thanks for the advice:)

  • Summer
    February 16, 2015

    You’re definitely not alone! The exact same thing happened to me. Hang I there and try Yang Yang essential oil ❤️

    • Mama Megan
      February 16, 2015

      Good to know, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one…haha! I will definitely look into the oil. Thanks!

  • Summer
    February 16, 2015

    Oops it’s spelled Ylang Ylang

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