Pregnant with twins? Your glow is twice as beautiful and your gorgeous locks are fuller and stronger than ever. Bask in these moments. Really, enjoy every great moment of pregnancy.
After giving birth your body has to go through a lot of adjusting. It will try to return to its normal rhythm before pregnancy. You’ll have postpartum bleeding that could last for weeks and have you feeling like adult diapers is your only option. I bled for 3 months! 3 MONTHS! For the first 2 weeks I wore pads that looked like boats.
Hormonal adjustments can intensify emotions and contribute to postpartum depression.
Then there is the hair loss postpartum. So much of my hair fell out that our carpet looked like it had tumbleweeds. I was so worried that I googled “postpartum alopecia.”
When my hair was growing back it stuck straight up. I felt like I looked like Cynthia, Angelica’s doll from Rugrats.
It didn’t really look as bad as it sounds or felt, lol.
What happens to hair during pregnancy?
Normally hair goes through 3 stages: growth, intermediate, and shedding. During pregnancy, high levels of estrogen slow down the intermediate and shedding stage, making the growth stage longer. So hair is growing but none is falling out. This makes your hair feel thick and full during pregnancy.
I loved my long tresses during pregnancy. It made me feel so beautiful, which was great since most days I felt tired and sick and had no energy for makeup. I only got my hair cut before the babies’ arrival because I knew I would have my hands full with them and no time to do my hair.
What happens to hair after pregnancy?
After pregnancy, your estrogen levels start to return to normal and the hair strands that were stuck in the end phases of the hair cycle will complete their journey and fall out. So it’s not that you’re suddenly losing all of your hair, it’s just that your hair stopped shedding and now it needs to resume.
Still, you’ll be losing, what seems like, a lot of hair in a short period of time. This is a scary thing to go through. I assure you it will go grow back. but it is a timely process. Like I mentioned above, our carpet looked like it had tumbleweeds and the new growth on my head was sticking straight up.
Careful note: One of our daughters got a hair strand stuck around her finger causing a hair tourniquet. Be careful and check your littles for any loose strands that may be cutting off their circulation, especially around the fingers, toes, and genitals.
Mrunal, from FirstCry.com, suggests using tweezers to grab the strand and scissors to cut it. If that doesn’t work, other methods include stretching the skin and using a piece of scotch tape to lift the hair and then cut it, and soaking the affected area in warm to loosen the strand and then removing it.
If you can’t get the hair removed fast enough, don’t know if you removed the hair, or think your baby is still in pain then please take him or her, or them, to the emergency room. Hair tourniquets can cause a lot of pain and damage.
Healthy Hair Tips
I’m no hair or beauty expert but instead of worrying about your hair falling out that energy could go into creating healthy hair. Here are some tips I found on the internet:
- Drink plenty of water, at least 8 cups
- Continue your prenatal vitamins, or take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin daily
- Eat foods with vitamin C, iron, and plenty of leafy greens.
- Sleep at least 8 hours and avoid stress
- Do exercise to increase circulation
- Use a deep conditioner once a week
- Don’t wrap the hair tight, Do protect it from heat
- Give yourself a scalp massage weekly
- Trim your ends regularly
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