What vitamin am lacking if my hair is falling out like crazy?

Nafeesa - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 174 moms have responded )

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I have 2 daughters,my youngest is 4 months and breastfeeding. With my first daughter my hair stared falling out n stopped because i started her on bottle feeding. Now my hair is falling out like crazy with my second child n i dont intend stopping the breastfeeding...What can i do ive tried everything..

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Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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it doesnt have anything to do with vitamins or breast/bottle feeding. pregnancy causes the hair to go into a growth cycle ( hair goes in cycles of growth, no growth and shedding) so it appears more full and healthy. after birth when your hormones shift, your hair will enter a shedding phase. it can start immediately after birth or several months after. from what i was told not much you can do but accept that eventually it will stop. you can take a multivitamin but it wont stop the shedding phase.

April - posted on 01/22/2010

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I can't tell you what it is but the same thing happened to me, I was losing over 300 hairs a day according to the doctors reports. I had numerous tests done including the Thyroid and other blood work but nothing showed up. I bought some over the counter hair and nail vitamins from Wal-Mart and they helped tremendously. Hey it's cheap and easy so I would give it a shot.

Kaprice - posted on 01/22/2010

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My 22 year old daughter had hair loss and she went to her general practitioner and she found out that she had a vitiman D deficiency. If you take code liver oil pills you don't have to worry about getting to much vitamin D. You can get them in any health food store.

Toni - posted on 01/23/2010

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I don't know if others have mentioned it but get your thyroid tested, it's basic blood samples. I suffer hair loss & am being treated for under active thyroid. Don't be scared by it, it's controllable. Talk to your doctor.

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Amryl - posted on 01/23/2010

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so random my son is now four months and my hair has also started to fall out i am told that it is normal but u can still take vitamins and just hope that it stops before its gone. good luck mommy

Sharon - posted on 01/23/2010

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hi im a hairdresser and its nothing , it will stop. keep an eye on it and if you get a patch bigger then a 2 euro coin then go to the doctor .

Kay - posted on 01/22/2010

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Protein ... a sure sign of being deficient in protein is hair loss. Happens often to pregnant women and nursing mothers, also to people on severely restricted diets.

Mechelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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Get your thyroid checked! Especially if you very fatigued, especially after waking up from sleeping at least 5-6 hours!

Zak - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi, not sure if it has anything to do with breastfeeding or not but my sister who has a 10 and almost 7 year old has the same problem.

We all lose some hair everyday but she was losing more than normal so she went to the doctors and showed him how much and that she was always tired and he did some blood tests and found she has an under active thyroid!

She has only just started the medication about a week ago but has noticed some change so time will tell so once the levels are where they should be (with another blood test) then she can stop the medication.

Hope this helps.

Rachelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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it sounds to me like you have postpartum alopecia. im a hair stylist and it is very common and there really isn't anything you can do to stop it. it is only temporary and lasts a few months and then the hair will start to grow back. really don't stress about it because you could get alopecia areata which is abnormal hair loss mostly caused by stress. so keep breast feeding and enjoy this happy time and i promise your hair will grow back!! sometimes even thicker!!

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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I'd say zinc too - same happenned to me, worse with second, found it hard to look after myself perfectly - ie complete nutritious meals etc, my naturopath put me on zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium as these are what baby leaches (not a nice way to describe it i spose) the most. Proteins and iron also. I panicked and thought that I would never have thick hair again and was actually going bald, but the week i stopped breastfeeding(about 8/9 months) it began growing back. The worst part was the strange hair styles - bits of hair sticking out at all angles - once it was growing back! Hair wax required!

Jacquelyn - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would definitely say talk to your doctor about that because it is actually very common to have hair loss soon after having children sometimes one to two years after, so your doctor would definately know exactly what to tell you i know Vitamin B-12 is good but dont be surprised if he or she puts you on the pill because you may lack estrogen right now. My guess is the doctor may suggest that or even taking prenatal vitamins too!

Jacquelyn - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would definitely say talk to your doctor about that because it is actually very common to have hair loss soon after having children sometimes one to two years after, so your doctor would definately know exactly what to tell you i know Vitamin B-12 is good but dont be surprised if he or she puts you on the pill because you may lack estrogen right now. My guess is the doctor may suggest that or even taking prenatal vitamins too!

Jacquelyn - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would definitely say talk to your doctor about that because it is actually very common to have hair loss soon after having children sometimes one to two years after, so your doctor would definately know exactly what to tell you i know Vitamin B-12 is good but dont be surprised if he or she puts you on the pill because you may lack estrogen right now. My guess is the doctor may suggest that or even taking prenatal vitamins too!

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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your body naturally grows more hair while your pregnancy, usually around 3 months after giving birth the extra starts to fall out, whether you are breast or bottle feeding. it will stop soon!

Amy - posted on 01/22/2010

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my baby is almost 7 months and although it is still falling out, it's not nearly as bad as it was between 2 and 5 months postpartum. i stopped bfing at 3 months.

Debra - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have two grown children myself, but I also breastfed them...it isn't that you're lacking any vitamins...it's just that you're paying more attention to the state of your hair...actually we simply lose about the same amount of hair every day of our lives and new hair is constantly growing back in. Don't worry about it and don't obscess over it, either...you're fine! I'm sure you're going in for post-natal checkups with your doctor and you're taking calcium and multivitamins to make sure that your milk is strong enough to provide well for your baby.

Kari - posted on 01/22/2010

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My hair loss started a few months BEFORE becoming pregnant with my second son. It came out of nowhere and I was losing handfulls every day. I didn't want to shower because that was when it came out the worst. The dr ran all the tests and everything came back normal. I cried every day and had large bare patches all over the back. My hair was long so it covered it for the most part but I also lost a lot around the frame of my face.

When I became pregnant with my 2nd son (4 months after the hair loss started), I could feel my hair growing back. It all came back throughout the pregnancy. As soon as I gave birth - it started again. Really bad.

The dr put me on the birth control pill - without taking the sugar pills so I don't get my period every month. My period was always very severe and I truly believe that my hormones were so out of wack for the majority of the month that this caused my hair loss. A few months on the pill and it started to grow back again. I still have minor hair loss (lately, due to stress) but you might want to talk to the dr about skipping some monthly cycles and see if it works.

Let me know!

Janelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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After my second baby, my hair started falling out like crazy and I even have a big bald spot! I am breastfeeding too. I went to the doctor and he wasn't much help. He gave me steroid shots on the bald spot which has helped the hair grow back. But I feel like there could be something wrong with me so I was hoping to get my blood tested and he didn't feel it was necessary. I think I will go back and see if its my thyroid or lack of a vitamin or mineral.

Kara - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had the same problem and was told it is totally normal. Like others have said keep taking your prenatals, and additional Vitamin E and possibly A if necessary. I too recommend a hair cut. Worked wonders for me or at least, there was less hair around when I had it shorter. ;)

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Hormones will do that to you expecially when you're pregnant OR when you give birth. You may also want to look at the stress in your life or thyroid issues.



In the meantime - you can take a supplement called BIOTIN - it works for your hair, skin and nails. (I am a hairstylist and see this a lot)

Charity - posted on 01/22/2010

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My hair started falling out when I had my kids. I went to the doctor and they did some tests and it came back that I had thyroid problems. You might want to get your doctor to check your thyroids. It's just a suggestion I hope it helps.

Elissa - posted on 01/22/2010

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my Dr. said its really common...its not that you are loosing hair, its that when you are pregnant you do not shed your hair through most of the pregnancy...after birth as your body chemistry balances out you will shed the hair that was holding on for most of the 9 months....hope this helps

Betty - posted on 01/22/2010

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Many times this will happen after haveing a baby, major illness, or major stress in your life. It could also have to do with your shampoo if you have changed that. Don't stop breastfeeding. As with everything: This to shall pass.

Krystal - posted on 01/22/2010

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Vitamin E. Keeps you hair healthy and strong. But it may be something else beside the absence of vitamine E that is causing the hair loss

Preeti - posted on 01/22/2010

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Look at the top most of your hair fall. If you see a white dot kind of a thing that means your hair will grow back where it fell from ..but if you dont see whe white thing then u r in trouble means u need to talk to your DR.Cut your hair short is very better.and keep taking your prenatal vitamins. Good Luck

Preeti - posted on 01/22/2010

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Look at the top most of your hair fall. If you see a white dot kind of a thing that means your hair will grow back where it fell from ..but if you dont see whe white thing then u r in trouble means u need to talk to your DR.Cut your hair short is very better.and keep taking your prenatal vitamins. Good Luck

Neldzz - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi everyone! Thought I was the only one having this kind of problem. I am also experiencing this kind of hairfall to the point that our floor is always messed with hairs...from who else but me?..got to go to the doctor after reading all your views to check also on my thyroid,,,or whatever is needed to be checked...by the way, i am still breastfeeding my 15 months old baby!

Ana - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had the same problem while I was pregnant, it eventually stopped. As Mickey S. mentioned a haircut for me did help. Keep taking your vitamins and if it doesn't stop or slow down (as hair loss is natural for the most part)in a fw weeks or so, definately see your doctor.

Gayle - posted on 01/22/2010

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Ask your doctor to check your thyroid. Meantime try kelp or spirulina. I have the same problem. I'm trying kelp at the moment. I can't afford a doctor right now, so hopefully this will work. Alopecia or thinning hair is often caused by an underactive thyroid.

Lynn - posted on 01/22/2010

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When you are breastfeeding you need to be taking B-complex. How you handle stress will also be an issue. Stress can cause you to lose your hair. Be willing to let some things go and get enough rest to deal your own physical needs.

Lilia - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi, I had exactly the same problem, I also tries taking prenatal vitamins but it didn't help a lot. I had quite long hair and and my hairdresser advised me to cut about 5-7 cm. She also suggested that to apply ampules along with shampoo of Bioxil on my hair. This is a product of FarmaVita but it is distributed only to hairstyle salons. I tried applying these ampules following a calendar scheme of usage. After 5 ampules and about two months the result was great the hair loss stopped. The calender scheme of usage is for six months so I still apply one ampules once or twice a month and my hair looks great now. I am not sure whether you can find this product but you can advise with your hairdresser I am sure they can help. Good luck!

Tina - posted on 01/22/2010

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If you don't get enough fat in your daily diet it will also make your hair fall out...good luck..

Sally - posted on 01/22/2010

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Same thing happened to me at 4 months. Where everyone says "oh it's normal, everything will be ok", in my case, it was not ok! I lost so much hair that the kids I work with were starting to ask if I had cancer. It was very upsetting and distressing.



My doctor tested me for everything under the sun - thyroid, vit.d, etc etc - everything came back perfect. I used a serum from the hairdresser which slowed down the shedding but it was bad enough that I had to shave my had and buy a wig :-( :-(



That was last April.



A few months later I had crazy bleeding - a "period" which got worse and worse and worse over 6 weeks. They discovered I had a heamorraghing cyst on one of my ovaries and later said it could have been the hormone problems from that which may have caused my crazy hair loss. It seems to all be ok now, and my hair is growing back VERY slowly.



I really hope it doesn't get this bad for you - the reason I'm telling you my story is just so you know you're not alone if it does continue to get worse, and to say that if you have ANY other unusual symptoms, keep at your doctor, and keep telling them everything so they focus on the big picture rather than each problem individually.



Good luck.

Jan - posted on 01/22/2010

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Try drinking soy milk. The Silk organic is pretty good. The extra protein should help. My hair used to fall out but has stopped since I added the soy milk to my diet. If you can get them...Genesoy bars are pretty tasty. Hair and nails need protein. You don't seem to be getting enough while breastfeeding.

Heather - posted on 01/21/2010

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you may not have a vit deff, have you had yourself tested for a thyroid disorder, sometimes pregnancy can bring it on... have your doctor do some simple blood tests that is a classic symptom of the disorder along with dry skin, irratability and mood swings, i thought mine was pms or preg post and it was that! lemme know how you do. good luck!

Feliz - posted on 01/21/2010

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try taking vitamin B complex (especially B6 if you could take it separately) 2X a day... it worked for me :-)

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2010

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i got same prob and my second son is 4 months think its another pleasure us women have to endure unfortunatly it should stop soon tho. x

Lori - posted on 01/21/2010

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My hair started shedding after the birth of each of my children. I don't remeber exactly how long after delivery it was--it was a long time ago. During pregnancy with both of them my hair got really awful--dry, wiry & frizzy. It was like straw and I couldn't do anything with it. I ate well and took prenatal vitamins throughout the pregnancies.



My hairdresser said that it frequently happens to pregnant women and that it would return to normal after the baby was born. She was right, but my hair went through this shedding process first. It never got extremely thin, but I have very thick hair, so it wasn't real noticeable. After several months my regular, healthy, shiney hair regrew.



It may be a similar situation with you, but if you feel it's to the point of being abnormal or if you're really concerned about it, talk with your doctor about it. He/she may be able to ease your mind or bring you in for tests if they're equally concerned about it.



P.S. Your daughters are beautiful! Congratulations! Enjoy them!

Lori - posted on 01/21/2010

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My hair started shedding after the birth of each of my children. I don't remeber exactly how long after delivery it was--it was a long time ago. During pregnancy with both of them my hair got really awful--dry, wiry & frizzy. It was like straw and I couldn't do anything with it. I ate well and took prenatal vitamins throughout the pregnancies.



My hairdresser said that it frequently happens to pregnant women and that it would return to normal after the baby was born. She was right, but my hair went through this shedding process first. It never got extremely thin, but I have very thick hair, so it wasn't real noticeable. After several months my regular, healthy, shiney hair regrew.



It may be a similar situation with you, but if you feel it's to the point of being abnormal or if you're really concerned about it, talk with your doctor about it. He/she may be able to ease your mind or bring you in for tests if they're equally concerned about it.



P.S. Your daughters are beautiful! Congratulations! Enjoy them.

Cassandra - posted on 01/21/2010

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you sumed it up! You said exactly what i was going to. I gets better, you wont go bald.

Margaret - posted on 01/21/2010

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as a mother you need to take your prenatal vitamins for about 6 months. as a hairdresser youcan tke biotin up to 3000mcg aday. it is safe and water soluble, which



means it will not build up in your system. stress lack of sleep etc all plays in the role.

Debby - posted on 01/21/2010

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eating well is always a good road to takee...it is still a hormone thing yor body has to get realigned...nurseing has nothing to do with it is my point...god put them there for that mainly

Jodi - posted on 01/21/2010

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The exact same thing happened to me after my 3rd child was born. I went to the doctor and had all the blood work done and everything was normal. So what I did was started taking a good vitamin, eating almonds everyday, eating a salad for lunch everyday using Spinach (the kind in the bag in the produce dept) instead of regular lettuce, and I ate lots of eggs. This helped tremendously and I also started using Nioxin hair products as well. Also make sure you get plenty of rest because stress can make your hair fall out as well. This was one of the worst times for me because my hair was looking so thin and I was so embarrassed by it that I wouldn't want to leave the house. After a few weeks of eating all the foods above and the Nioxin hair care products, my hair was finally back to normal and it actually looked better than before. I hope this helps.

Debby - posted on 01/21/2010

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thats right keep takeing ur vit....just a hormone in balance...glad to know ur nurseing...best for u and the baby

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2010

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thyroid problems is a possible problem...other symptoms are overly tired even for having 2 little ones...dry skin brittle nails...weight gain....

Sheila - posted on 01/21/2010

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You poor thing! I went through this as well when my little girl was born.. it was so severe. I got everything checked as far as deficiencies and it was fine.. So I ended up at a dermatologist's office who gave cortisone shots to the areas affected and also 2 prescription medications. My hair grew back rapidly after the injections.. they sound painful but werent too bad. Good luck =)

Tara - posted on 01/21/2010

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Your doctor should have told you that you are NOT losing your hair because of breastfeeding. While pregnant you don't lose as much hair as you normally would because of hormones. Within 6mos of childbirth your hair will start to fall out a little more than normal for a little while. It's the pregnancy not breastfeeding that does that. You can't avoid it.

Twi. - posted on 01/21/2010

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Were you quite a young Mother? I was 17 with my first child & 20 with my 2nd & after that my hair loss was profound, among so many other factors. What was finally discovered after a lot of blood work was I have hypothyroidism. I was told this is quite common in women whom have had children young. Get your Doc. to check your TSH , & T4 levels,this might be what you have.

Alfreda - posted on 01/21/2010

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Are you still taking your prenatal vitamins? If you are you shouldnt need to add anything else because they have everything you would need,they are great for hair and nails.

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I had the same problem (minus small children and breastfeeding).It was so bad that I went shopping for a wig. I bought GNC's hair, nail and skin vitamin and it stop falling out and tons of new hairs are growing back. Worked wonders for me!

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