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Old 02.08.2011, 12:19
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Post-partum hair loss

Hi,

I need some tips here before I go bald. I am now 3 months post-partum (how long it takes to be over with it?) and my hair started to fall off since the last week. I thought I was doing fine on this since I didn't lose too much but it is now a niagara fall of hair all over the place.

Is there anything I can do/use to slow it down a bit? Any advise before I get bald would be very appreciated. I am not feeling particulary great in my body right now and my hair are what makes me look good....
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Old 02.08.2011, 12:26
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

As I recall from my wife's experience, you don't go bald, although it may feel like it.

Rather you revert to type - i.e. pre-pregnancy hair.
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Old 02.08.2011, 12:43
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Hi Nil,
Are you still breast feeding?
With both my kids, I breast fed more than 3 months and as my doctor told me thats the reason of the hair loss, the baby is draining vitamins out of you.
As soon as I stopped the breasfeeding, the hair loss stopped too. And i always had the "complex" of having a wide forehead and let me tell you when the hair started growing again, it even grew more than i had before
Hope all is good soon, it will for sure comeback.
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Old 02.08.2011, 12:45
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Yes snap! Happened to me both times and went on for months - then annoyingly set up a rhythm of annual hair loss that occurs in the summer and involves losing handfuls of hair everytime I brush it in the morning for a few months. I am convinced it is clear to see that I am thinning around the hairline on my forehead but everyone tells me not ....

My doctor who is also a homeopathist advised rinsing it in a bio apple vinegar solution .. got as far as buying the stuff but just couldn't do it .. it just smelt too strong! But do feel free to give it a try and report back ...
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

It happened to me for ~ a month or so. and then magically stopped. It had nothing to do with breastfeeding for me. It stopped falling out long before I stopped breastfeeding. I always thought it was to do with hormones (i.e. nothing to do with vitamins?) As far as I know there is nothing you can do

Edit -thought I'd double check the vitamin thing and this link agrees it's noting to do with breastfeeding. You can take a multivitamin however to encourage hair regrowth after it has fallen out.

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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Same happened to my daughter who like you has long, thick hair. She was quite worried about it but it just stopped after a few months and all is fine now. You've been through a lot recently, including a major move, so hopefully all will improve once you feel settled. Hugsx As I'm sure you'll have noticed, there are pages and pages on this subject on Google, etc, as it is such a common, and upsetting, occurrence. But as you previously said you have Hashimotos, discuss this with your new GP, who should refer you to an endocrinologist to ensure your level of thyroxine supplement is correct.

I'd advise having a really good slightly shorter cut now and re-grow.

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Old 02.08.2011, 17:02
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

I think it is pretty normal, hormonal readjustment after having a baby. Went on for months, even after medical termination, it was pretty severe, but I know a lot of girls going through the same, so I wouldn't worry so much, Nil. B-complex will never hurt, marmite, beer probably, too, oatmeals.

The fact we shed seasonally is logical as well, most furry animals do, too.
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Old 02.08.2011, 17:06
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

When you're pregnant you don't lose much hair. Around 3/4 months you typically lose all that hair + a little more. Don't worry! You're not going bald; it grows back! It's just how it goes!

Definitely not related to breastfeeding. It's always so sad for me when doctors give out bad breastfeeding advice Some really know what they're talking about and others just perpetuate myths. Check out the link above! Kelly Mom's a great BF source
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Old 02.08.2011, 18:52
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Thanks girls! (and Carlos)

Is any of you know what I could use to help me toslow it down? sadly, with my meds I can't take vitamins just like that because it can slow down the absorption. I have no Internet and I am on an iPhone which is not practical to surf.

Any ideas how long post-partum last?
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Old 02.08.2011, 19:17
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Here's what I found:

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. (from http://www.babycenter.com/0_postpart...-loss_11721.bc)
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Nil sorry to mention this but are you controlling your thyroid function? From a previous thread I remember you had had Hashimoto's right? Maybe check with your endocrinologist sweetie. Just to be on the safe side
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

I think she said she is, hence the vit caution.

I think you can't really slow it down, postpartum takes a while and is very individual, anywhere from a few weeks till 2 years, depends on everyone. I know having body weight stable, no crazy diet, and exercising steadily, every single day, made the hormonal work a lot more manageable. If you can go for walks a few times a day with babes, that must help somewhat. Mentally as well. Lots of sleep, too, B12, no skimmed dairy but preferred a little bit of fatty dairy, every day, zinc, calcium.
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

I knew I could count on my forum girls!

I am also still sweating like a pig! Really crazy while everybody around (hubby included) looks just fine!

So i amwondering if it is p-partum and how long it takes! So I guess I am still good for a while....

But the hair really annoyed me. Remember those bald patches I had the first time...
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

well considering the weather in BCN I would not be surprised by the sweating regardless of pregnancy status
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well considering the weather in BCN I would not be surprised by the sweating regardless of pregnancy status
Yeah but you know hubby, that one should be sweating too and he seems fine most of the time when I am melting. And this is my kiu that I am sweating more that I should..... Really really more !
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Yeah but you know hubby, that one should be sweating too and he seems fine most of the time when I am melting. And this is my kiu that I am sweating more that I should..... Really really more !
Hormones...*hugs*
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Hormones...*hugs*
Thanks honey! Hugs too! ( after the shower...beurk!)
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Re: Post-partum hair loss

Angela has wonderful advice as usual !

Nil, it happened to me as well. I was told that in fact women do not lose their hair at all during pregnancy and that after pregnancy with the change in hormones, women's hair re-balances and they lose what they normally would have lost had they not been pregnant.

I have no idea if this is a scientific reality or not. All I can say is that for me it did stabilize after a few weeks and everything went back to normal.

Hope you are well
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