Alright ladies. It’s time to get real. All the mommies in the house raise your hand and tell yourself how awesome you are. Becoming a mom is one of the scariest, most amazing things that can ever happen to a woman because it changes absolutely everything. You daily routine is different, you feel different, you look different…and so does your hair.
Wait it Does?
Yes it is does. I don’t want to alarm anyone but I wish someone had told me what I’m about to tell you; at least someone can learn from my story! When I had my first child, I was ecstatic. My personal life was completely upside down and she turned out to be just the tonic I needed. I was so preoccupied with making sure that I was taking care of her and meeting all of my goals that I didn’t realize what was happening. Looking back now, I don’t see how I didn’t notice-I would run my fingers through my bangs and hm…Here were more than a few hairs between my fingers. Oh well.
You see, my whole life I’ve always had long thick hair and was never really plagued by thin edges, so I didn’t bother to keep an eye on them. Imagine. My. Surprise. When I looked up one day and my edges were absolutely gone. There’s no other way to say it. What had once been sometimes frizzy but always lush was now…well, bald. After panicking for about 20 minutes wondering what on earth I had done, I went crying to my mother, absolutely devastated. She in turn told me gently that it was absolutely normal-I had, after all, just had a baby.
So What Can I Do?
I remember being absolutely aghast. Having a baby had done this to my hair?? I scoured the internet trying to figure out what I could do besides the obvious-wait for it to grow back. That was absolutely unacceptable. It was my hair. My hair! However, the only thing the internet could tell me was what I had already found out: losing hair after a baby is absolutely normal and all you can do is wait it out.
Which I did. By the time my daughter’s first birthday party rolled around, my hair was thick again, albeit a little short around the edges. And by the time I had my second daughter, I was prepared. I’m going to let you in on the two tips I’ve learned to ease postpartum hair loss.
After you deliver, it’s a good idea to continue taking a multi-vitamin. Prenatals help you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy, however although many will tell you that prenatals help your hair and nails grow, doctors actually caution against taking prenatals if you’re not pregnant. There are a special type of vitamins called PostNatals that are specially formulated with all the nutrients that a nursing mother needs-quite different than the nutrients needed for a mommy with the bun still cooking! While a multivitamin isn’t necessarily the end all be all when it comes to hair growth, it’s important to make sure that your body has all of the necessary nutrients it needs. You can’t expect to have healthy hair to grow out of an unhealthy body.
Science will tell you that if you want to grow strong and healthy hair and nails, you need tons of protein and folic acid; after all that’s what they’re made of. After nine months of what I call “The Pregnant Diet”, I was absolutely starved for fish and turkey. The first thing I ate after delivery was a turkey sub and I can’t count all the times my mom seared salmon for dinner. My protein rich diet, combined with my prenatal regimen resulted in my nails growing like crazy and my hair getting even longer.
At first, I wasn’t consciously doing these things but I realized that while I did have some visible hair loss, it was nowhere near as bad as the first time. I will say what many have said before me; every pregnancy is different with every woman every time. So maybe this time around, my body just reacted differently and I didn’t shed as much. While I have a strong feeling that my diet and vitamin regimen is what caused me to lose a lot less hair this time around, I’m no doctor. Whatever it was, I am so excited that I didn’t lose as much hair. Give these methods a try if you’re having a baby. Just because you’re becoming a mother doesn’t mean you can’t be fabulous!