Since having my gorgeous little man I have tried to accept my body and show compassion to myself. My body did an amazing thing, it grew a baby and delivered that baby so of course things aren’t going to snap back to how they used to be.
I thought when I went through the hair loss stage I would accept it as the natural process that it is, but I’m not finding it that easy.
I have very fine, naturally straight hair and not a lot of it. So when my hair stopped falling out while I was pregnant I loved it! My hair looked great with so much more body to it. I even had it cut shorter, something I tend not to do as my hair clings to my face. As it has no volume it doesn’t look cute unless I put in time and effort but with my extra hair I went for it and I have loved it!
My hair started falling out about 3-4 weeks ago. I started with an ‘oh well’ attitude, I knew it had to happen sometime, but now I’m noticing patches where I have very little hair and it’s definitely starting to upset me.
I know I not going to go bald but when I see the amount of hair that comes out in the shower I can’t help but wonder if I will. Add that with the balder spots and my anxious thought take over.
I’ve been on the online mum support groups (my favourite being Emma’s diary on Facebook) and it seems to be a common worry for mums. I always feel better when I know that I am not alone in the world with my worries.
I know rationally it will even out and I will return to my original hair amount. The hair that I am losing is old hair I would have lost slowly over time before, but it still comes as a shock to see the amount of hair coming out.
What is postpartum hairloss?
During your pregnancy your hormone levels change, and one of these hormones, oestrogen, increases. The high levels of oestrogen affect several things in your body but one of the effects it has is to slow down hair loss. Normally you experience a small, slow loss of hair each day, but during your pregnancy this loss reduces and your hair can appear thicker due to increase volume.
Once you have had your baby most of your hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels quite quickly. As levels return to normal the extra hair you have been holding on to starts to fall out.
This can start to happen the day after your baby is born, to up to a year after but peak hair loss usually happens at about 4 months (4 months on the dot for me).
If you would like to read more about postpartum hairloss you can the link below as I found this page very useful to me.