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Hair Loss after pregnancy - My Experience

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When I was pregnant with Elise I experienced many different symptoms. Between the constipation and the morning sickness, (which actually lasts all day, although people will insist it is called morning sickness for a reason!) you experience a whole lot of other symptoms too. Between the cravings for bananas, which I actually don't really like, but my daughter loves, I didn't have time to think about other symptoms such as the hair growing all over my body. My eyebrows became a lot bushier and I had enough fuzz on my stomach that I was convinced that someone would mistake me for a peach.


On the other end of the spectrum, I didn't think about symptoms that I would experience after my pregnancy ended. I already had to think about the fact that I'd be recovering from a C-Section and then around 3 months after Elise was born, my hair suddenly started falling out. I'm not talking about a few strands here and there, I'm talking about massive clumps. Clumps that would clog the plughole, and that would stick to the shower walls. I'd be emptying my hairbrush every day. I could have probably collected my hair for a week and made a wig. I was even looking up hair transplants and FUE hair transplant costs, to see if I could book in to have a transplant. I really believed all my hair was going to fall out, and my hairline would be as bad as my husband's (I joke about him getting a hair transplant all the time!)...


My hair kept falling out for about six months after I had Elise, but it felt like it was never going to stop. I didn't end up with any bald patches which I was relieved about, but my baby hairs are still growing out and Elise has just turned 2! The reason for hair loss after pregnancy is due to an increased amount of hair going into a resting phase. This is where your hair isn't growing and is simply taking a break. Around 90% of your hair is usually growing whilst 10% is resting, but in pregnancy this increases. The hair loss is simply just hair that would naturally be falling out on a regular basis but in a higher volume. I guess this is payback for the luscious locks that you are gifted with during pregnancy.

I do wish I had known a bit more about hair loss following pregnancy. If I had known it was normal, and that you are not actually going to go bald, I think I would have felt much better the first time I pulled a handful of hair out! I still need to sort my eyebrows out though. Before having Elise I had never done anything with my eyebrows as I was blessed with really great natural brows. Now I really need to get someone to hack away at them. I also had to shave my arms after pregnancy as I felt like I had gotten so hairy during my pregnancy! I probably shouldn't have shaved them, but it did seem to help which is a relief.

Did you experience hair loss after pregnancy? Have you ever considered a hair transplant?

SARAH HUGHES
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