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.
|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!