Sunday, 13 November 2016

My Postpartum hair loss experience


I'm no stranger to postpartum hair loss. I first experienced it about six months after the birth of my first child. My hair started falling off in clumps, I lost my entire hairline, it looked as if I shaved the whole thing off. To say I was devastated is an understatement. They say you lose what didn't shed during pregnancy, but it looked like I was losing way more than that. Nothing prepared me for this. Nobody told me it could be this bad. I did a little research to try and understand what was going on, once I found out it was not a permanent condition, I mourned the loss of my hair and moved on, waiting patiently for it to grow back, and grow back it did.


About four and a half months after the birth of my second child, I had postpartum hair loss again. This time around I knew what to expect because of my previous experience. I knew it was just a matter of time before it grew back. I just had to look for ways of styling my hair without drawing attention to my nonexistent hairline. Wigs came in handy.




When I was pregnant with my third child, I prayed that I would be spared the hair loss experience, but this was not to be. At about five months after giving birth to my baby, the excessive shedding started. I lost so much hair that I was certain I was going to go bald. As with the previous times, my hairline was the worst hit.
I was afraid that this time the hair was gone forever, it was not going to grow back. I reminded myself often that postpartum hair loss was a temporary condition and my hairline was going to grow back. I embarked on a healthy hair journey just before the shedding started, I continued caring for my hair like normal. I decided to just take every day as it came, not to worry too much about my hair(easier said than done).
I am now nine months postpartum, my hairline is growing back and the shedding has significantly reduced. I know the shedding will stop very soon, I'm so looking forward to it.

One thing I can say after experiencing postpartum hair loss three times is that the hair grows back. Be patient, take care of your hair, eat a balanced diet, and most importantly enjoy your baby. 


Did you or do you suffer from postpartum hair loss? Please share your experiences with us. If you are one of the lucky ones who didn't have any hair loss, we would also like to hear from you.



13 comments:

  1. U are not alone, this happened to me too and am yet to recover from it. Just have a daughter yet.

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  2. Thank you, Anon. You will recover from it. Congrats on your daughter.

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  3. My daughter is 14 months old, and mine has yet to stop. You can see straight through to my scalp. Freaks me out because I'm scared it's never going to stop!

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  4. It is going to stop. Mine is still shedding too, but not as much as it was initially. You can see your doctor to check your Iron level and thyroid to make sure everything is fine. Best wishes.

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  5. Hi dear,congrats on your third adorable.hmmm with my first I felt like a lucky star cos my front lines were still in place.my second is going on 5months and I look in the mirror and am like whatttttttttttt??????,anyways I know it will grow back so am consoled.

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    1. Hi Edidiong, welcome to the blog. Congrats on your baby. Yes, the consolation is that it grows back.

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