Postpartum hair loss…

The best part about pregnancy for me, aside from feeling my baby thrive inside me of course, was the fact my hair had never looked or felt so healthy!  I was constantly complemented on how lovely and thick my hair was and then BAM! As soon as Adam was born it started shedding by the truck loads and still is!  I don’t get any compliments on the state of my hair anymore…

Postpartum hair loss, also known as postpartum shedding unfortunately is a normal part of the postpartum experience.  I did everything I could to try and keep my lovely pregnancy hair from falling but nothing I did totally resolved the issue.  Certain things I felt did help slow down the process a bit such as:

Vitamins

I continued to take my pregnancy vitamins along with other things such as Omega 3,6,9.  Unfortunately for us women, all the lovely pregnancy hormones rushing around our body helping to nurture our unborn baby must leave when the baby does causing all the hair we never lost during the 9 months of pregnancy to fall almost all at once.  so in order to try and help the hair that has regrown I have continues with all my pregnancy vitamins and then switched to some Hair Skin and Nails tablets from the same company that makes the Pregnacare (Vitabiotics).  Anything that contains Biotin in it will also be very beneficial for the regrowing healthy hair.

Playing the waiting game.

Don’t panic when the initial shed load if hair clogs up the shower drain.  The rate at which you are losing hair will slow down and will eventually go back to how it was before you got pregnant.  I panicked and even made an appointment to see my GP but all she could say was that this was an unfortunate part of post pregnancy and that things will settle down and although I’m still losing quite a bit of hair, it’s nowhere near as much as in the beginning.

Scalp Massage

Massaging the scalp with some coconut oil or olive oil will help to oxygenate the scalp and promote healthy regrowth.  Book yourself in for an Indian head massage once a month as a treat, get your partner to give you a quick one before bed, give yourself one in the bath or shower when putting on your shampoo or conditioner.  However you choose to do it or whatever is convenient for you, slowly but surely you will see results from all the stimulation to the scalp and the added hydration from the oils.

The medicinal route

There are certain things you can use on the scalp or take orally to help reduce hair loss and promote hair growth and although I haven’t really tried them yet there is a lot of research to suggest that these things can help.  Biotin as previously mentioned is quite commonly known to help reduce the rate or hair loss and from what I have read online is safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding.  It is hard to detect a biotin deficiency but certain signs such as hair loss, flaky scaly skin and even cradle cap has been linked to biotin deficiency and I’ve read that taking biotin supplements whilst pregnant and breastfeeding can be beneficial for the baby too.  If like me you’re still a little bit skeptical about taking supplements whilst breastfeeding you can just up your intake of biotin rich foods such as:

  • Eggs
  • Almonds
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach

There is also the scalp treatment known as Minoxidil which works on reinvigorating shrunken hair follicles, promoting thicker hair regrowth and slowing down the hair loss process.  Obviously I haven’t tried this either as I am still breastfeeding Adam and wouldn’t want to potentially put my child at risk from using foreign chemicals.  If you are really worried about your hair loss however and are considering taking the medicinal route always consult your GP before taking anything.

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The Ordinary Skincare… Buffet Serum

I’ve been trying out a few skincare bits from The Ordinary for quite some time now and with the recent hype around the brand and their very affordable prices I figured now’s as good a time as any to give you my thoughts on some of their products.  I’ve started with ‘Buffet’ because it is my favourite products so far from the brand.  The Ordinary is one of the many baby’s from Deciem aka The abnormal beauty company.

The Ordinary claims ‘this formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once. The technologies are Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes.

I’m not quite sure what half of those things are but now that I’ve hit my 30’s I’m looking for anything and everything to try and keep those crows feet and laughter lines at bay for as long as I possibly can.  I don’t think I’ve quite used this long enough to say it’s worked wonders for my wrinkles but I’ve definitely noticed a plumpness to my skin and just an all round better texture.  I feel like my skin always looks fresher and bouncier in the morning and although the box says you can use this day and night I’m currently enjoying it as part of my night time routine.  I still have my huge under eye bags but I’ve come to terms with the fact that those are now a part of my mum uniform and I will wear them with pride!  For when I’m not so proud of them anymore I’m also trialing the Caffeine solution from The Ordinary but I will write about that in a separate post once I’ve had more of a chance to use it.

If anybody has any recommendations from The Ordinary or any other Deciem products please do let me know.  I seem to have gone a little bit The Ordinary crazy in recent days.

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My favourite Clarins skin saviours…

I’ve always been very lucky in the skin department.  I used to say I’d been blessed with good skin because I never got breakouts and although it is sensitive, I could get away with hardly using anything on it and did for many many years…Until I got pregnant and the rush of hormones caused my skin to freak out!  I had spots! I’d never had spots before in my life but a few weeks into pregnancy and you could play dot to dot on my face!  I hoped it would get better after I gave birth but it’s actually gotten worse, my skin is even more sensitive than ever, I have hormonal breakouts and extremely dry patches especially on the tops of my cheeks and forehead.

I’d used the Hydraquench Cream on and off for years but this had been a little bit neglected recently, in fact so had my entire skin care routine as soon as Adam was born.  I put myself bottom of the ‘to do pile’ with Adam taking priority over everything until I really began suffering.  It wasn’t just that my skin didn’t look good, i mean it looked like absolute shit but it was also becoming so dry it was sore to touch and began cracking in places.  So out came the Hydraquench and it instantly soothed my sore skin, and my trusty jar of the dream cream finished quite quickly.  Then I discovered that Clarins don’t make the Hydraquench range anymore.  It’s now known as the Hydra-essential range.  Not knowing if it would be the same I’m working through some samples and so far they seem to be doing the job but what I did pick up was the One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.  This has worked wonders at buffing away all those horrible flaky patches on the tops of my cheeks and thankfully my skin has been really enjoying all the TLC.

Now that Adam is 18 weeks I can finally say I’ve begun to find a bit of a balance between juggling a baby, managing a household, taking care of the hubby while also looking after myself a bit.  Life is beginning to get back to normal a little bit and if there is anybody out there with a newborn wondering if they will ever get their life back? You will, slowly…

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