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:
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.
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:
- Sweet Potatoes
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.