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Severe Postpartum Hair Loss

Severe Postpartum Hair Loss

This post isn’t related to my mouth ulcers but I thought I’d share it as I’m sure there’s lots of women experiencing this problem after pregnancy.

postpartum hairloss

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that I was losing a lot of hair but as I was around 4 months postpartum I wasn’t too concerned. I remembered it happened around the same time after I’d had my first child, though back then I didn’t know this happened post pregnancy. After a couple of weeks of constant shedding I saw a doctor who assured me it was normal. It seems to happen because we don’t lose as much hair as we normally would whilst we are pregnant and something to do with changes in hormones. I don’t remember when I stopped shedding my hair after my first pregnancy as it seemed to tail of gradually until I stopped noticing it.

Anyway, earlier this week I tied up my hair and as I turned away from the mirror I caught a glimpse of scalp. I rushed back in front of the mirror, untied my hair and frantically looked around my head. To my horror I could see several places that looked baldish or had very thin hair. It was also a shock because although I lost a lot of hair last time round, it definitely didn’t leave patches 🙁

So I decided to visit my doctor to check it out (visits to the GP seem quite frequent after having children!). My doctor agreed that my hair loss did seem a little worse than what would normally be expected and recommended a blood test to check my thyroid function. Apparently pregnancy can sometimes cause changes with the thyroid gland, but as I don’t have any other symptoms its probably nothing to worry about. In which case my hair loss would just be added to the list of the not so wonderful things that happen as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

I’m currently awaiting the results and I’ve started taking a daily multivitamin in the hope that it encourages some hair regrowth.

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