Hair falling out

Erin - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 months old, I'm breast feeding still taking my prenatal vitamins and my hair is falling out. What could be causing this?

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Leslie - posted on 09/19/2009

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Hormones. Seriously....my son is 21 months and my hair had just barely decided to stay on my head. (He still nurses once in the mornings) You could try a strengthening shampoo and conditioner, but that might not do very much either. My hair seemed to get better when I started using a strengthening duo and then, of course, when my son got down to two nursings a day.

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Niki - posted on 09/22/2009

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The same thing happened when i was pregnant. My cousin is a hairdresser and she told me that when you are pregnant you dont shed your old hair so that is why often it looks thicker while you are pregnant. When you have the baby your hair goes into a period of shedding and you feel like you are going bald. I did end up losing some that had to grow back but it was never enough for anyone to notice. It stopped by the time my daughter was 5 months or so.

Sarah - posted on 09/21/2009

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your hair gets a little thicker an healthier when your pregnant so to lose some after is normal although it is worrying. my hair fell out in clumps after my first she is now two and i panicked but it grows back and now the same thing is happening again my second is 4 months, so im just gona let nature take its course an no that in about 6 months every thing should be back to normal.

Crystal - posted on 09/21/2009

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Quoting Erin:

Hair falling out

My son is almost 3 months old, I'm breast feeding still taking my prenatal vitamins and my hair is falling out. What could be causing this?



Okay! i can help you with this one. I went to the thyroid doctor, my gyn, my family doctor, had all kinds of test done. nothing wrong with my thyroid, nothing wrong after pregnancy, completeing healthy! right? Okay, my hair started falling out when cheyenne was about 2 1/2 months old. I couldn't find any reason why . they finally said it was alepecia arthea if i'm spelling it correctly. cheyenne will be 2 dec.18,09 and my hair is still coming out!!! i go to Maggie Sparks Dermatoligst. in Boone every 2 months and get steroid shots (in my bald areas. ) this makes your hair grow back quicker. and slows it down falling out. she said it takes longer for different people for it to stop falling out. although now that i've been going for a while she thinks stress is playing a role in there too. this is the best treatment i've been able to find. I i've talk to online specialist, and all of my doctors.

Kathryn - posted on 09/20/2009

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After I had my daughter my hair started to fall out in clumps, but it is just your hormones. Nothing to worry about :)

Heather - posted on 09/20/2009

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YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE CHANGING. EVERYONE LOOSES HAIR THAT JUST DONT REALIZE IT. RIGHT NOW YOU NOTICE EVERYTHING. TRING TO GET BACK TO YOUR WEIGHT, THOSE HORMONES MAKING YOU THINK YOU ARENT ATTRACTIVE ANYMORE. ALL THIS ARE WHAT EVERY WOMAN GOES THROUGH! IT WILL GET BETTER. BUT PLAESE REMEMBER YOU ARE ALSO A PERSON, NOT A ROBOT FOR EVERY1 ELSE, TAKE SOME TIME FOR JUST YOU. YOU WILL GET TO FEELING BETTER!! NO STRESS WOULD BE PERFECT BUT WITH ALL THESE CHAGNES YOUR BODY IS GOING THROUGH, ITS THERE! STRESS DOES WEIRD THINGS TO US. TRY YOU SOME VITAMINS, THEY HAVE SOME FOR HAIR AND NAILS! GOOD LUCK!

Jodi - posted on 09/19/2009

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I had the same problem and I was worried about my nutrition, as I was breastfeeding it was important my nutrition be peak so my baby got what she needed. I talked to my lactation consultant and she told me it's totally normal. When you're pregnant your hormones make your hair thick and shiny and it doesn't fall out nearly as much as you normally shed. After you have your baby, the hormones that made your hair SO great while pregnant start winding down and you lose the excess hair. But I'm a firm believer in being safe, not sorry. Call your doctor if you're concerned just to assuage your fears!

Angie - posted on 09/19/2009

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I was told you don't loose as much hair when you are pregnant. When you have the baby all the hair falls out that didn't when you were pregnant. I lost a lot and it made the tub a mess.

Tanya - posted on 09/19/2009

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my hair is falling out too! It doesn't seem to be getting any thinner though. Everyone has a different answer, but I've been told it happens a lot and isn't anything to worry about!

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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Perhaps you are still not getting the right nutrition for your own body. Vitamins or not, you are still feeding two people. Just a thought.

Lacey - posted on 09/19/2009

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My hair fell out wiht both of my babies, why I dont know? Hormones is the only thing I can think of along with breastfeeding. All my mom friends who breastfed lost their hair too and where healthy and taking vitamins. I had a few friends who weren't able to breastfeed and they did not lose their hair. It will start to come back in and that is annoying too!!! My son is one and my re-growth hair is at an akward stage that is too short to do anything with but stick out! lol!!

Magan - posted on 09/19/2009

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While you are pregnant and your hair grows in really thick. Then you lose it after. I breastfed and was on the vitamins and I still lost hair about until my son was 6 months old. I still have the same amount of hair as before I was pregnant. But it's just a part of the package. The drain in our shower was so full of hair it was a wonder I still had any.

Leslie - posted on 09/19/2009

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That's a good point that Eronda makes. I've been on Mirena for awhile, and it's still doing all sorts of other crazy things with my hormones!

Eronda - posted on 09/19/2009

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if you are on any type of birth control it can make your hair fall out because the pill made mine fall out

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