Postpartum Hair Loss

In case you didn’t know, the average head loses 100 hairs a day.  But, during pregnancy those wonderful pregnancy hormones keep you from losing your hair.   Cool, right?  Up until a point in my opinion.  My gorgeous full head of hair is starting to fall out.  There is hair everywhere.  Although this is totally normal (it typically occurs 3 to 6 months after birth), seeing Lily pull out chunks of hair at once while feeding is bit concerning.  And, when I get ready in the morning, there is hair in both sinks.  It might be time to stock up on Drain-o.

The good news is that postpartum hair loss runs its course by the time the tiny human turns one.  Something to look forward to.  In the meantime, here are some tips (and sarcastic comments) on postpartum hair loss:

  1. Do not freak out (good to know)
  2. Eat well and continue to take a prenatal vitamin (I need to go to the store)
  3. Be gentle with your hair.  Shampoo when necessary (hmm … this might interfere with hot yoga), use a good conditioner, use a wide-tooth comb to minimize tangling, and use scrunchies (do people still own these) or barrettes to pull back hair instead of rubber bands 
  4. minimize blow drying, flat ironing or dying you hair (this isn’t going to happen)


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