Having hair loss as a woman is a challenging thing to come to terms with whether it’s from pregnancy, stress, a hereditary condition, Alopecia, or Cancer – in this case, mine was caused from pregnancy, and it was coming out in clumps by the handful every day.
It started at around 7 months pregnant. Before this, pregnancy had gifted me beautiful shiny locks of hair by the bucketload, and I loved my new full head of lush hair. That was up until the morning I woke up thinking we had got a cat without me knowing and it had slept on my pillow all night. Alas no, it wasn’t that, it was my hair!!! And I was devastated because it just kept coming out.
I spoke to my health visitor straight away who told me it was normal and not to worry. But I was suffering because even the kids started noticing and they never see anything. Poor Beard was also well aware as he was yanking metres of it out of the plughole. It really was bad.
Then I had the great notion of going online and Googling why it was happening.
The first post was reassuring and it was from the NHS website so it must be true:
“During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle. This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and it should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery.”
Ok, that didn’t sound too bad. But then a week later I had a very noticeable receding hairline, bald spots and thin hair. There was hardly any of it left. My Grandad was in a home dying, meeting his Great Grandson, and even he noticed!
Hopping back online I then read horror stories of women who lost almost all their hair and three years later, it still hadn’t come back! Apparently, the latter is very rare and is usually caused by an additional condition.
Needless to say, it makes you very self-conscious and aware of people staring. I was continually trying to cover up or find some new fantastic parting that makes it disappear. Unfortunately for me, none of these worked so I just had to live with it.
Eventually, it did grow back. However, I’m now 23 months post-birth, and I still have thin patches. Moreover, I have these comical tufty bits at the side where the hair is still growing back.
I look a little bit like the Penguin from Surfs Up. But it could be worse.