I am loosing my hair (literally). Anyone else losing hair post baby?

Leena - posted on 09/12/2012 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 5 months old and I have been losing hair for about 4weeks now. I hate it! I touch my hair and it falls out.... My shower wall is covered. Is this normal.? Is it a post baby thing? I am a stay at home mom with 3 1/2 yr old and a 5 month old. I am very easy going and don't feel stress is an issue for me. I enjoy staying home taking care of my babies.

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Ana - posted on 10/20/2012

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YES, I did loose my hair as well. But a little Castrol Oil, good vitamins and time will help it all grow back..if there are no other issues.

Heather - posted on 10/10/2012

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Get your thyroid checked.

Its an easy blood test. The thyroid can be boarder line low and the doctor will not treat it when they absolutely should. Sometimes you have to find another doctor.

If it is your thyroid (which is very common in women) your hair loss will stop once you start the treatment THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU. It may take a few tries on different meds.

Good Luck

Carrie - posted on 10/10/2012

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Gosh, my baby is now 13 months and my hair literally falls all over the house. I check for bald spots but I seem to have thicker hair. My hair falls in clumps! I should worry but I don't see any hair thinning so far.

Tanya - posted on 10/09/2012

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Hi. My hair felt out two months post. My LO will turn 5 months in a week. My hair stopped falling out when my baby turned 3.5 months.

Shayna - posted on 10/09/2012

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My hair was falling out like crazy when i had my son! i would ride in the passenger seat of the car and brush my hair and throw it out the window because it was all over the house! its totally normal :)

Elaineg - posted on 10/04/2012

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Me! 3 months after birth, my hair started to fall out in chunks, day after day I was SO freaked out about it losing it all! I had to comb them gently, everywhere I walked, I saw my hair on the floor.

After reading much about it, it will gradually stop and mine did after 8months! Thankfully I still have a headload of hair, no patches. And my hair grew back (especially the fringe area).

Yes it's normal :)

Leesa - posted on 10/03/2012

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first, have your thyroid checked. and also, continuing on your prenatal vitamins and biotion helps a lot. and remember, YOU are a great mom and human being altogether and your hair does not hold a candle to the beautiful soul within you.



best wishes.

Janice - posted on 09/24/2012

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With both my children I lost my hair. With my daughter it was so bad at my temples I was almost bald there. With my son it was spread out across a larger area and less noticeable. With both it started between 4-5 months and by 7-8 months I was back to a normal hair loss range. I cut bangs into my hair to hide all the "baby" hairs I now have. It is so frustrating! But it does end. Also both my babies were/are breastfed. Idk if that has any influence.

Amy - posted on 09/23/2012

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It's called postpartum alpociea(sp) it is just the hormones after birth returning to normal.

Meghan - posted on 09/22/2012

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I know a few people this has happened to. I lost mine during my pregnancy more than after. It peaks 3-4 months after you deliver It's totally normal but it it does stop after a 6-12 months talk to your doctor because it could be more serious.

Shaunna - posted on 09/19/2012

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My hair started to fall out with my son turned out that I had b12 defincy and had to have b12 injections

Sally - posted on 09/18/2012

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hum, is this totally hormonal?

have you ever had this issue on the pill?

you are breastfeeding, yes?

Sarah - posted on 09/18/2012

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I have a 5 month old now too and am going through the exact same thing. I remember it happened at this time with my 3 year old too. It is pretty annoying but hopefully will stop soon.

Alexandra - posted on 09/17/2012

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I learned this in school, and from my own experience. Your body does not shed hair while you are pregnant, because you are retaining all the vitamins and nutrients for your baby. After you have your baby, your hormones go out of whack because it is so used to being pregnant and not shedding, that it may seem like you're losing all your hair, when in reality, you're just losing what wasn't shed during your pregnancy. You aren't going to go bald or anything, it is just crazy to see such a huge amount of hair come out each time.

Felicia - posted on 09/17/2012

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it happened to me to its about your hormones balancing out but mine kinda leveled out after my son turned 6 months and i did cut my hair so ? ..but if its really horrible but if it still a bother you can talk to your doctor about it .

Donna - posted on 09/17/2012

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While pregnant, women stop the normal loss of hair (shedding) that we normally see every day. That's why your hair gets so thick while pregnant. However, some time after the baby is born, you start to 'shed' again. Since you will have so much extra hair, it's a lot of hair falling out.

Keep in mind, some women develop thyroid problems after having a baby. This will cause hair loss along with other side effects. Keep an eye out for other symptoms of thyroid problems and have your primary care physician do a thyroid check at your next physical.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_start...

Good luck & congratulations on your new bundle of joy!!!

Aimee - posted on 09/14/2012

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You only need to be concerned if it keeps happening after your baby has turned a year :)

Leena - posted on 09/13/2012

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Somehow I feel much better now knowing that it is normal and it will stop...I did not loose much hair with my son though....I guess different hormones. Thanks everyone. :).

Erica - posted on 09/13/2012

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Yes! This is completely normal. I had the same happen around 5-6months with my son. It's called "postpartum shedding", or at least that's how it was explained to me. Sorry, I haven't read the other responses yet, but it was explained to me that: During pregnancy your old hair stops falling out, which is why you tend get thicker hair while pregnant. But as soon as pregnancy ends and those extra hormones start leaving your body, then those old hairs just fall out (all at once it seems). When they are still the same hairs that would have naturally come out in you hair brush, etc on a daily basis. So don't fret. It will stop and then you will start to see some beautiful new hair growth after the old ones finish falling out. :-)

Dawn - posted on 09/13/2012

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I lost about half my hair after I had both my kids, it really sucks but it will stop eventually.

Lorraine - posted on 09/13/2012

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It is totally normal. I began to lose lots of hair around my daughters 4 month and it lasted for about two months, although it felt like forever. I was worried that at the rate I was losing hair I would have to look into hair replacement. But it did eventually stop and now my hair is completely back to normal. Whenever you comb your hair or look in the drain and see how much hair you've lost, do not despair... Say out loud "this too shall pass". It definitely will!

Beth - posted on 09/13/2012

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I lost a lot of hair post partum with my first son, it's totally normal. Unless it like, ALL falls out or something. Talk to your doctor if it's worrying you.

Elaine - posted on 09/12/2012

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It's a normal post-baby thing. Sometimes women develop a thicker head of hair gradually throughout pregnancy because of the hormones, and then several months after birth all the extra hair starts falling out. It's so much hair that it can seem alarming, but it is totally normal!

Tracey - posted on 09/12/2012

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Yes, I was told it was normal, and it happened with all three of mine. It's a hormonal thing--it takes about that amount of time for those pregnancy hormones to work their way out of your system. You probably didn't notice that you weren't loosing the normal amount of hair during your pregnancy, but after you hit that point with those hormones being gone, all the hair you would have normally lost during those 9 months all comes out within a short period of time. If you've been loosing your hair for 4 weeks, you should only have a couple of more weeks of that (maybe four, I forget) and then you'll be back to normal.

Chantelle - posted on 09/12/2012

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I don't recall losing hair after my first, but after my second I did. Right about five months and mostly around my temples but somewhat all over. It is taking its sweet time growing back too.

Carol - posted on 09/12/2012

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I was told that was normal too. Something about the hormones while your pregnant keeps the hair from falling out and then as you go back to your normal it falls out for a while more than it usually does.

My last son turned a patch of my straight hair curly - just a patch, covering about 20% of my head. Enough to make it look like a mess. It's been 9 years now. I don't think it's going back. And the few grey strands sneaking in are super curly.

Michelle - posted on 09/12/2012

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With all 3 of my babies I lost a lot of hair after they were born. I actually had bald spots just above each temple. Even now the hair doesn't grow as fast as the rest of my hair.



It's quite normal.

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