There are a lot of things no one told me about mammahood. One of them is that I would lose so much hair! For the first few months after Joshi was born I lost a lot of hair. Not enough for anyone to notice and comment on, but I really noticed it. My hair would come out in chunks in the shower simply by running my hand through it … and then, just when I thought I had lost as much hair as I could in one day, more would come out when I brushed it after my shower. I was having to de-hair my hairbrush a couple of times every week. I was also regularly scooping hair out of the bath drain and off the bathroom floor. And then our vacuum cleaner started looking as though its only job was for sucking up hair. Not only was the body of the vacuum cleaner filling up with hair, hairs were wrapping themselves round the head. And then of course there was Joshi to look out for – I had to make sure that these hairs weren’t wrapping themselves around his little appendages … especially his you know what. Ouch!
I wasn’t so worried about going bald, (mostly because I didn’t believe it would get to that), but I was relieved when I went online to check in with Dr Google, to find that this hair losing thing’s really normal for new mammas. (It doesn’t happen to every mamma though). The more my hair kept falling out the more I reminded myself of Dr Google’s reassuring words, “… there’s no need to panic: You won’t go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby’s first birthday.” Phew.
Apparently this hair falling out thing happens because of the drop in estrogen in your body after you give birth to your baby. Normally, you lose about 100 to 125 hairs a day, but after your baby’s born you can lose about 500 a day. That’s a lot of hairs!
Anyway, I’m happy to report that six months after Joshi was born my hair stopped falling out as much. I remember reading somewhere that if your hair’s still falling out after six months it may be because you’re low in iron, so even though I’m still really sleep deprived at least my iron levels are okay! Bonus.