I ignorantly thought I’d be exempt from the post-partum shed this time. With my first son, I shed profusely between 7-20 weeks of pregnancy, and then again starting at about four months post-birth. With my second, I didn’t shed at all while pregnant–I thought that since I was already pretty advanced with my hair loss that this could be why. I also thought that *maybe* if I didn’t shed during the pregnancy I’d get a pass when it comes to the post-partum shed. Wishful thinking. Around 13 weeks post-partum, it began…about seven weeks later it’s still in full-swing.
If you’ve landed here by Google-search, please know my experience isn’t normal for 99% of women – while many women experience the post-partum shed, the hair loss stops after a few months and it’ll regrow. There’s nothing you can do to stop the post-partum shed. Vitamins and other supplements, special shampoos, hair products, none of that will help the shed; you just have to let it run its course. Supposedly, the hair that is shedding is hair that your hormones made you retain while pregnant. Technically, you should’ve lost it during the normal cycle but since you were pregnant you got to hang onto it a little while longer. This didn’t really work out in my favor with my first because I didn’t keep any hair–I only lost it–and I still shed a ton. But, what I described is what is supposed to happen. What isn’t supposed to happen, however, is a bald spot. Or four. Blech.
So, I was already at a disadvantage coming into this, but it’s now much, much worse. I have bonafide bald spots right now!
How’d I get to be so lucky, eh? The front shot almost makes it look like the very worst of it is at the front, right behind my hairline. While that is true, you can see in the next photo that the loss is actually quite widespread, now.
Whereas I used to be able to comb the hair towards the back of my head back, tease it (to create a little bump/volume), and not use any concealers to help with my hairloss, that’s now totally not going to work.
If I had to estimate, I’d say that I’ve lost anywhere from 15-20% of my hair since the post-partum shed started. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. If I recall with my first, however, it just randomly stopped one day around my baby’s 6-month mark, so I’m hoping I have about another month MAX for this to continue. Fingers crossed.
Note, too, the texture of my hair. I’m not sure if you can get a good feel for it by looking at the photos, but it has turned a weird color (still brown, but much more ashy than ever…and I have ashy hair to being with, but I almost feel like it has less pigment than what it used to) and the texture is like cotton candy.
My concern, now, is that I am rapidly running out of hair in which to clip my topper to. I’m finding it harder and harder each morning to get my topper to grip.
So…guess what I am looking into next?!