Postnatal hair loss – 10 months on

postnatal hair loss
Mid February – 3 months postpartum

Way back in February I wrote about my least favourite pregnancy symptom – postnatal hair loss.  At the time my hair was falling out thick and fast and the familiar bald patches were starting to appear.

The picture on the right was taken in the middle of February, 3 months postpartum and you can clearly see where my hair line usually sits and how thin it had become.

It got worse than that and I know I took pictures as I remember sending them to my little sister to prove just how bad it was.  I can’t find the pictures as I’m writing this but if I can lay my hands on them I will add them in later.

Of course with this being the third time I had suffered I knew perfectly well that it was normal, I knew how bad it was likely to get and I also knew it would grow back.  However it doesn’t really matter how sensible and matter of fact you try to be, watching your hairline recede at a rate of knots and knowing there is nothing you can do about it is not fun.  I don’t know why but for some reason postnatal hair loss does tend to show in the temples – and this was most certainly true for me.  At the time my long hair was constantly tied back which only served to emphasis the thin patches, I couldn’t even manage to style it in such a way as to disguise it as there just wasn’t enough hair at the front to even attempt a bit of a comb over!

fringe to hide postpartum hair loss
A complete restyle – 4.5 months postpartum

6 weeks later, at the end of March, I had my hair cut short.  I had been thinking about having a fringe cut in to try and disguise the thin patches but was worried that I wouldn’t actually have enough hair – my hairdresser was confident it would be ok so I went for it.  This was a major turning point.  I stopped being so aware of the baldy bits as they weren’t on show any more.  Whilst it was still falling out it wasn’t obvious and I felt like I had nice hair again.  It made such a difference to the way I felt about myself.

By 9 months postpartum my hair had stopped falling out in handfuls and had started to grow back. The thin patches no longer glint in the sunshine – they are covered in fluffy new hair.  I know after Ben and Chloe I had the most annoying wispy bits on top which just stuck up all over the place, I’m pleased to say that I don’t seem to have those this time!  (A bit of hairspray on your brush helps if you’re suffering that though!)

postpartum hair regrowth
10 months postpartum and it’s growing back . . .

I guess I really just wanted to write this post to say that, if you’re in the middle of losing your hair right now, just know that it changes quickly, within a few months it will already be starting to look better. I don’t think any of the shampoos or anything have made a great difference really – you just have to sit it out and know that it grow back eventually, in the meantime it’s all in the styling.

heavy fringe to hide postnatal hair loss / regrowth
No baldy bits on display here – just a fringe in desperate need of a trim!

4 Comments

  1. Christina Marriott
    September 17, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Im currently losing mine – I lose loads in the shower everyday 🙁
    Good to know that it eventually stops x funny things that pregnancy does to our bodies x

    • September 17, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      It's horrible isn't it – it feels so dramatic & really knocks your self esteem x x

  2. Ellen O'Keeffe
    September 17, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    I dont know how I havent got major bald spots yet it seems to be coming out in clumps. Glad to hear that it will end someday x

  3. September 17, 2014 / 9:32 pm

    Your fringe is awesome – you rock it! x

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