Ladies, as if I didn’t have enough to worry about post pregnancy: running around after a toddler and a six-month old, trying to be a good homemaker and wife, as well as trying to get this alien body back into shape; my hair has decided to do a 100m Usain Bolt sprint from my hairline.
Yes, people, postpartum hair loss is back to haunt me and this time around it’s not taking any prisoners!
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During my pregnancy, my hair was super thick, lustrous and full of life. However, I started noticing major shedding about three months after my little dude was born. Every time I convened my weekly wash routine, my feet would be surrounded with both shedding and broken hair. By five months, my edges were almost non-existent and they don’t seem to be getting any better, even as I type these words.
With my first pregnancy, I experienced the same pattern of events and it took almost 18 months for my hair to fully recover. The sad thing about this whole journey is that there is nothing you can really do to prevent it. You just have to allow it to take its course and try to keep your hair as healthy as possible. The good news is that it is just a temporary phase.
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During pregnancy the increased levels of oestrogen (estrogen, for those of you in the states) in the body keeps the hair in the growing phase of the hair cycle and hair that would normally fall out remains, making the hair thicker. Once your bundle of joy arrives, the oestrogen levels decline and with this, the hair begins to shed. This can last for about t6 months, but for some this can continue for up to and beyond 1 year. The hair can come out in clumps or as in my case, can be lost around the hairline. So what can you do to get you through this often heart-breaking phase of your hair journey?
Click through for five top tips to deal with postpartum hair loss.