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Post-Pregnancy Surprise

December 5, 2012
Oh body, you confuse me so sometimes. It's been 6 years since I was last in the post-pregnancy, recovering from surgery phase of things, so when  my hair started falling out I was a bit freaked (and grossed out. Yuck.) And I mean falling out-handfuls during a shower, filling my brush after a shower, and more during the day when I just ran my hands through my hair. I'm shedding like a long-haired dog in the spring. When I googgled 'hair loss' I found a few sites that suggested it was due to low iron-this made sense as I'd run out of iron pills a few weeks prior and hadn't gotten more. Seemed a simple fix, so we bought me some.

Well, it's been two weeks and my hair is STILL falling out so it's probably not low-iron (though I'm enjoying the extra energy the iron pills give me). While browing OffBeat Mama I linked over to another pregnancy/mom site and was reading there that apparently after birth, up to the fifth month infact, it's totally normal for women to lose their hair.

"The most common period of hair loss occurs approximately three months after delivery. The rise in hormones during pregnancy keeps you from losing your hair. After delivery, the hormones return to normal levels, which allows the hair to fall out and return to the normal cycle. The normal hair loss that was delayed during pregnancy may fall out all at once.  Up to 60% of your hair that is in the growth state may enter into the telogen resting state. The hair loss usually peaks 3-4 months after delivery as your hair follicles rejuvenate themselves. As noted before, this hair loss is temporary and hair loss returns to normal within six to twelve months."

Well ok then! Problem solved. As with so many things I just have to be patient, my hair will stop falling out, and it will go back to being full and not so flat sometime soonish. This hormonal shift isn't just affecting my hair, it's also played havoc with my milk supply. My body is changing and doing new things all the time but I'm trying to ride the waves as best I can, listening to what it wants, keeping an eye on weird things (like my hair), and honouring these changes. This is the last time I'll ever go through it, the last time I'll have a wee baby in the house, and oddly enough, even something like my hair falling out, is almost precious.

These are the things noone tells you about being a new mom, the little things that can throw you off your game and leave you wondering if everything is alright. Thanks to the internet we can find out, since we no longer live in a time when our babies are raised not just by us, but by our extended family; grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings all lending a hand, and their experience, to the new parents, but it's just not the same. I'd rather have my mom or sister around than the cold, impersonal Google.

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