J.R. asks from Dallas, TX on April 30, 2009
Embarrassing Question About Hair Loss After Baby
Ok Moms, I need some positive advice please. I had a baby just about 4 months ago and I have always heard that your hair will fall out after due to hormone changes. I feel like mine is coming out in handfuls! I haven't noticed anything else strange until my friend's mom pointed out a small (maybe nickel or quarter size) VERY thin spot of hair located between my ear and bottom of my neck on my hair line. That seems to be the only place that there's a noticeable amount of hair gone. The rest of my head seems to be fine, just back to the way it was before my daughter and no longer like a shampoo commercial. lol
My question is is this fairly normal? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm still taking prenatals since I'm nursing, and I'm healthy 25 year old, so what's the deal with this problem!? Thanks so much for any positive advice you can give!
E.K. answers from Dallas on April 30, 2009
I'm pregnant with my fourth and it's happened to me with each baby. Of course you should always double-check with your doctor, but I'm pretty sure it's very normal. My midwife said just to try to keep up with all those good things like eating right, plenty of water, and taking vitamins. It does take quite a while for your body to regulate the level of hormones so just hang in there! If you can, brush your hair out well at the beginning of the day and wear it up as much as possible and just leave it alone as much as possible. At least that way you can control a little bit the amount of hair that's all over you.
C.S. answers from Dallas on May 01, 2009
I don't know how normal it is but mine came out in handfuls too. I was losing so much hair my hubby bought me a hand held vacuum cleaner for the bathroom to suck it all up. I was so worried and hair dresser and doctor all told me not to worry.
I did wash and rinse my hair in cool to cold water to slow the hair loss as much as possible.
Six years later my hair is normal again. Hopefully yours will be too. (It went to more normal when he was two.)
H.M. answers from Dallas on May 01, 2009
Congrats on the new little one! Yes, don't worry, this is totally normal. Just be kind to your hair over the next several months and know that you won't go bald and this happens to a lot of women. Not sure what kind of hair you have, but you might try washing it every other day (or even less frequently) as combing wet hair always seemed to make more of it break off when I was going through this. Your hair will be back to normal in no time. Your body is just readjusting now that the baby's on the outside. Enjoy your new baby. The time goes SO fast! :)
E.D. answers from Dallas on May 01, 2009
That same thing happened to me. It is apparently related to breastfeeding. A girlfriend of mine had a baby right before me and we both started to lose our hair around the same time. She had a more noticeable spot like you described. It has all grown back and now we have annoying little baby hairs but I guess that is better than none at all! Hang in there you are completely normal!
M.A. answers from Dallas on May 01, 2009
Yes, it is perfectly normal. Happened to me for the 1st 8 months after I gave birth. I thought I was going to end up bald by her 1st birthday. My husband would get so mad because my hair was everywhere, all in the shower, on the sink, in the bed on the chairs. It was crazy and a bit scary. It will stop though. It will get back to normal. I think that it stopped when I quit nursing. My suggestion to you is to continue taking the prenatal vitamins even after you quit nursing eventually, maybe for 2 months or so, because it will help your body get back to normal. Your hair, your muscle tone, your mood and appetite. It's normal, it will end eventually!
G.R. answers from Dallas on April 30, 2009
i have a 4 months twins and my hair is also falling out my dr. says is normal is due to hormones change and the body trying to back to normal i hope this stops soon .
S.A. answers from Tyler on May 01, 2009
I never had this problem, but my girlfriend did, and she had it BAD! She had huge clumps falling out at a time. She went to her doctor, and like all the other responses have said, it was a hormonal thing. Her doctor suggested she use the regular Dove shampoo and conditioner because it is milder and gentler on the scalp. Her pharmacist told her the same thing, as well as a friend of ours from church who is a nurse. It won't completely stop it, but you can see the falling out lessens. Good luck and hang in there!
A.M. answers from Dallas on May 01, 2009
my hair fell out with both my kids. It'll take about 6 months for your hormones to balance out. Then you have to wait for your hair to grow back. I had a bald spot right in front. Quite embarrassing. Have faith. Your hair will grow back. Mine is and achingly slowly since I have to look at it everyday... :0)