Post-Partum Hair Loss
I've heard from other mothers that their hair got really thick and luscious during pregnancy. I didn't experience this. My hair felt pretty much the same as it always does. But now I'm experiencing the post-partum hair loss I've also heard about. I guess it's just one of the millions (it seems) of hormonal changes you experience during and after pregnancy. My hair is falling out in handfuls! What my friend the Senior Health Editor says is that many women feel their hair is thicker during pregnancy because your hair doesn't fall out when you're pregnant, so instead of losing a few hairs every day and having them continuously replenished, your body hangs onto it all. Then, a few months after giving birth, that extra hair starts to fall out. I've always had a lot of hair, so I seem to have built up an astonishing amount in the last year, and I'm discovering that shedding it is a somewhat terrifying activity. I'm not kidding--the amount of hair I'm losing is frightening. The bath drain gets totally clogged after a single shower. My clothes are covered in hair, so I'm constantly picking things off myself in an OCD-like manner. I find my hairs all over Alex's clothes, too, and in his fingers or (horrifyingly) mouth. Let's just hope I'm not actually going bald!