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Monday, June 27, 2011

Hair Loss


several months after I had Jack I went through a period where I lost a lot of hair. It was so weird to me, and I thought maybe it was due to the c-section... But now, after having Ellie, I am all of the sudden dealing with the same thing.

I'm not talking about a little here and there... I'm talking handfuls. I can't run my fingers through my hair without coming away with multiple strands of hair. I have to clean the shower drain after every shower and clean my brush out almost daily. It is ridiculous!

Has anyone else had this problem? I think it happened at about 3 months out with both...

8 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Katrina , many times when you start loosing hair like you mentioned it is an indication of thyroid issues. You may want to have your Dr check it for you- usually an blood test is used for this.

There can be other issues to activate the problem too- stress, adrenal problems to name a few.

Hope that will be a little regulate it fairly easily with medication and you should be back to healthy hair soon (do you suffer from fatigue lately?- that is another indicator of thyroid)

I worked for an alternative Dr. for several years and taking a proactive way to your health is sure the best way- healthy food, healthy exercise, etc.

bee blessed
mary

Momma Gone Crazy said...

I had this same thing happen to me after both kids. It scared me! I thought something was wrong so I went to see my doctor and she told me that it was quite normal. Basically she said as long as it isn't leaving bald spots we are ok, LOL! I was constantly cleaning the drain and pickup up hair.. I still have normal daily shedding, but nothing like it was. You are not alone :):)

Christy said...

Yes this is completely normal, every post partum woman goes through this with every pregnancy. It's not a big deal, just clean out the drain during the shower, maybe half way through and at the end for a couple months! LOL

Kate & Matt Heihn said...

The baby hormones that helped you retain your hair while you were pregnant, (making your hair feel thicker, fuller, and shinier) are finally cycling out of your system, so you are just making up for lost time by shedding all of that hair! Don't worry, you wont go bald! I have heard that you would have to lose half of your hair in order for your hair loss to look noticeable :). It helped for me to cut my hair short so it wouldn't be as heavy.

Megan Balaban said...

I was coming to say exactly what Kate just said above. M doctor said the same thing, that it is your normal hair shedding, but your body has to shed what it didn't for 9+ months. That is why during pregnancy your hair seems so much thicker and fuller ... Because it is! I have has hypothyroidism for 15 years and even I had a huge increase in hair loss after both of my pregnancies for several months. :)

Megan Balaban said...

I was coming to say exactly what Kate said above. During pregnancy your hair seems fuller and thicker ... because it is! Your body isn't shedding the hair it normally does. Therefore, your body has to play catch up once your baby is born, so it goes on overdrive shedding hair. Completely normal! I have had hypothyroidism for 15 years and while that can also cause hair loss, I've always lost a lot of hair after both of my pregnancies (nothing to the point of baldness or bald patches, though). I hope everyone's comments help you feel better!

Higgs' Happenin's said...

When I was pregnant I read a ton about how you retain hair when you're pregnant. So while you think you're losing a ton of hair afterward it's just hair that you would have lost normally that was retained and is now all coming out at once. super weird! I lost my first at 5 months so I had a little bit of hair loss for a week or two, but it wasn't as much as what my friends have had after a full-term pregnancy. :) Looks like everyone gave similar advice. SWEET!

Stuff Parents Need said...

I lost a ton of hair about 3-4 months after my daughter was born. It was noticeable around my hair line when I pulled my hair back in a pony tail. When it was growing back in, it made for some seriously terrible hair days (or months, really). I basically had a shorter layer of hair all around my crown (even in the back). Doctor said it was normal. I knew I was going to lose hair, but I had no idea it would be that much.

It did all grow back in, though. But it took about 10 months for my hair to look really and truly "normal" again. Just being honest!