Postnatal hair loss- my least favourite pregnancy symptom!

You’d think it would be the incessant heartburn, the SPD, the gestational diabetes, the high blood pressure, the breathlessness, the weight gain or even not being able to eat pate.  But no. Personally, my most hated part of pregnancy is the bit where you go bald.Last week it started. Last week I washed my hair and it started to fall out.  It was only the beginning and I know it’s going to get a whole lot worse.

Obviously this is the third time my poor locks are going to suffer this . . .The theory goes that your hair stops shedding whilst you’re pregnant – giving you all that lovely thick and healthy hair.  The downside is that it then all comes out at once afterwards leaving you somewhat lacking.

The first time I remember being quite excited about my hair falling out – I realise that seems like a bit of an odd statement but I have really thick hair, and I mean really thick hair.   It’s hard work to deal with – to wash and dry and style.  So on the face of it loosing a bit of hair and it thinning out a bit sounded quite appealing.  What I hadn’t banked on was that not only would it not thin evenly but I would actually be left with quite noticeable bald patches.  I remember the first time I was really aware of the difference was getting ready for Ben’s christening when he was about 3.5 months old.

These pictures were taken in February 2010 – 7 months after Ben was born. Obviously my hair is intentionally pulled back to show just how thin my hair had got at the sides – at this point I was finding it really hard to style my hair to disguise it. Of course people said they couldn’t really see the difference but I knew how bad it was and was really upset by it.

Post natal hair loss 7 months

1. My pre babies hair – heavy side swept fringe
2. Some pretty thin patches at the side
3. A considerably sparser front section

Of course over time things started to improve, the thin patches filled in and whilst I didn’t have a lovely heavy fringe section I didn’t look so bald any more.  By the time I had Chloe it wasn’t too bad again – however when it started to fall out though it was even worse than the first time.  I’m not sure that I actually lost any more hair – its just that there was less there to lose so the effect was all the more obvious.  I spent the 8 months from giving birth to getting married panicking about how my hair would look.  I tried Nioxin, which is a range of products specifically designed to help thinning hair but I don’t think it really made any difference.  I needn’t have worried, whilst my hair on a daily basis still wasn’t looking amazing my hairdresser just dealt with it on the day and my hair looked fantastic.

1. Two weeks after having Chloe
2. I can’t believe I’m even sharing this photo in public – talk about receding hair line!
3. Lovely thick fringe thanks to some careful styling

And here we are again. Amy is just 3 months old and my hair is just starting to fall out – it’s already looking pretty bad and I know that I’m nowhere near reaching the peak of loss.  With the other two I would have to clear the plug hole up to five times during one hair wash  . . . that’s a LOT of hair.  Every time I brush, wash or even touch my hair it falls out.

1. Pretty thin but not too bad
2. Starting too look a bit thin round the front and sides
3. Just two weeks later and there’s a whole lot less hair there!

I’m having my hair cut next month and I’m going for a full restyle.  I’m hoping a serious loss of length will make it feel healthier and make the handfuls of hair coming out feel less dramatic as at least the strands will be shorter!? (Does that even make sense?)  I have considered going for a full fringe to hide the gaps at the side but in reality I think my hair is already too thin to even make a decent fringe.  At least if I have my hair cut shorter I might actually wear it down which in itself should help to disguise things . . . I’m just going to have to trust my stylist on this one and at the end of the day accept there is little I can do but sit it out.  It will grow back eventually and at least this time will be the last!

Good job my babies are worth it!

25 Comments

  1. Monkey Footed Mummy
    February 17, 2014 / 10:48 am

    Oh my Colette it's awful isn't it, my hair is almost down to my bum as I've not had it cut in over a year but 6months post pregnancy it's still coming out in handfuls which it actually didn't do with the big two? I think you are right though a full restyle is in order

    • February 17, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      I've only had mine cut once in the last two years – shameful! Hopefully if its shorter at least it won't feel like I'm losing so much!

  2. katefever
    February 17, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    It's amazing just how much hair falls out isn't it? Your wedding hair looks stunning by the way!

    • February 17, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I wish I had a reason to wear my hair band again lol

  3. February 17, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    taking your hair a few shades lighter may help disguise the thinning

    • February 17, 2014 / 5:59 pm

      You might be right. I've tended to find in the past the darker colour picks up the new hairs & makes them look more obvious / thicker. At the moment it seems to emphasize it. I can't win!

  4. Tas D
    February 17, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    I remember I used to have such shiny hair when I was pregnant and then when Little Z was about 9 months it started falling out in clumps even in the shower and used to have to unplug the shower drain whilst showering :/

    • February 17, 2014 / 9:50 pm

      It's just gutting isn't it. I know it doesn't last long but it takes such a long time to recover from. I am consoling myself with the fact this is the last time I'll go through it.

  5. Leanne Rain
    February 17, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    Im right with you on this… My Daughter is 10 months old and my hair has just stopped coming out in what felt like chunks!!! Dreaded going in the bath and my hair was thin to begin with 🙁

    • February 18, 2014 / 6:57 pm

      Its so hard isn't it – I hate washing my hair atm cos I know I've got to face more coming out.

  6. February 18, 2014 / 7:22 am

    I got this too, sometimes it looks like I have a bald spot so I have to carefully cover it! Awful 🙁 x

    • February 18, 2014 / 6:58 pm

      Nothing like a comb over 😉

  7. February 18, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Mine was proper bad too! My hair now is just a selection of random mislengthed rubbish whisky bits. No one notices but I do! xxx

  8. February 18, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    I had this too and when my GP did a blood test and found me to be iron deficient he said that was part of the problem. It got lots better with the iron supplements. 🙂

    • February 18, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      I had blood tests after Chloe but I think my Dr just thought I was being over dramatic!
      x

  9. February 18, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    I had long hair until after having LP. I kept it long as I was a bridesmaid for a friend when LP turned one and she insisted on me having long hair but it felt thin and 'ratty' not thick and healthy like it had always been. Straight after the wedding, literally days after, I had my hair cut off to a chin length bob and that's how it's been for the 18 months since. Best decision I made and this time with Little Man I haven't noticed the hair loss quite as much although I did write a blog post about it as well, so it must have bothered me a few months ago! 9 months on and I don't notice the hairloss anymore! x

    • February 20, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      I had actually planned to have mine cut off after our wedding but realised I was too skint to maintain a short style so just left it to grow & grow. I'm excited to get rid of it all now! X

  10. February 19, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    This did happen to me also my hair was during pregnancy then it shedded after birth.I used to cringe when seeing my hair in the hoover cylinder but it did stop

  11. February 19, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I Know this is of no help at all but it really isn't as bad as you think! Luckily having short hair I've never really noticed mine falling out. I hope your hair soon starts to look the way you want it too! x

  12. Danielle Crook
    February 20, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    Oh hun!! Firstly, you still look beautiful and I am sure there's something out there to help and I bet no one even noticed until you pointed it out. You may hit me but I am bloody hating my thick hair at the moment…. because I dye my hair it's gone wirey. The only thing I like is that it's less greasy if I leave it for a day!

    • February 20, 2014 / 11:07 pm

      I can understand that! Having thick hair is bloody hard work lol. Hopefully a good cut next month will help 🙂

  13. February 21, 2014 / 5:46 am

    Reading this has helped me feel a hell of a lot better about my own hair loss. My son is 21 months but it still comes out, although its finally slowing down. It is definitely thinner at the front and I have horrible unmanageable wispy bits that refuse to be tamed!

    • February 21, 2014 / 7:05 am

      Aw I'm glad it made you feel better. Its so common but nobody really talks about it! I think its really hard not to be self conscious about your hair. X

  14. Emmysmummy
    February 21, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Still beautiful.
    I avoided this thankfully..although mine is so thick I just may not have noticed.

  15. February 24, 2014 / 10:54 am

    I had this too but luckily no one else could tell! Frightening though!

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