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Old 09-26-2010, 11:24 PM
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Anyone else lose a TON of hair post preggers and while bfing?

I am going bald! Help! What to do? I have noticed that I am losing quite a bit of hair and I know this is common postpartum and cuz I'm breastfeeding but this is ridiculous! I am missing hair on the left side of my head. I'm afraid to wash my hair too often cuz I lose tons in the shower. When I run my hands through it, I probably get anywhere from 30 to 40 strands.

I should probably stop putting my hair in a pony tail eh?
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:44 PM
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This happens often. Mine fell out frequently, but I never had bald spots, but a few of my friends did I noticed the most hair loss while washing and conditioning it as well. I think it is worst the first year post-baby.
Make sure to keep up with the prenatal vitamins.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:14 AM
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I think it's very common.

When I was pregnant, I didn't lose any hair at all so when I started to shed I think it just seemed like it was way worse than it actually was, since all of the hairs that would have been lost naturally had I not been pregnant fell out at the same time.

Don't most women have great hair during pregnancy and then it falls off LOL?
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:23 AM
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^I believe that is how my Dr. described it to me...but I never shed so much that I actually developed bald spots. I agree, make sure your vitamin levels are good (you can go to certain Dr.'s who have biofeedback machines that can tell you specifically what compounds your body is lacking). I think the B-compounds and keratin are usually related to hair loss. Anyway, it is worth looking into, perhaps you have a deficiency that is contributing to what would otherwise be considered a normal side-effect of pregnancy.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:51 AM
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I got balding like towards the front. This sounds weird but highlights hid the balding better because there wasn't this huge contrast between my dark hair and white scalp. I comb my hair with the conditioner in it in the shower so that I get a lot of the hair out all at once otherwise I am vacuuming all the time. just don't chop off all your hair. I know like 3 girls who did this and regretted it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:07 AM
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yes! this time around was really bad for me. handfuls of hair would come out when i washed my hair; it was scary. i lost around 100+ strands every time i washed my hair, plus a ton more would fall out throughout the day. since i have dark brown hair, it was really noticeable. the good news is that it slowed down around 9.5-10 months pp, and it's growing back.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:58 PM
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^This.

Hair loss started at 3 months for me and stopped around 6 months when I had to wean him. I woke up every day surrounded by hair in my bed. I had to swiffer 3-4x a day and was getting sick and tired of having my hair on my son all of the time. I didn't use hair styling tools that much since I wanted to keep the hair I had left. I went in for a haircut and my hair stylist felt my hair and said, "oh boy." LOL. Luckily it's growing back.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:25 PM
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I got balding like towards the front. This sounds weird but highlights hid the balding better because there wasn't this huge contrast between my dark hair and white scalp. I comb my hair with the conditioner in it in the shower so that I get a lot of the hair out all at once otherwise I am vacuuming all the time. just don't chop off all your hair. I know like 3 girls who did this and regretted it.
I did this. My hair was quite long and I was losing a lot shortly after Fletcher was born...and find the long hair in his diaper which freaks me out so I chopped it. Granted, it is now healthier but I am not happy that I chopped it. I wish it were still long.....then again, I don't think I was losing as much as 30-40 strands a day. I agree with others, are you taking all your vitamins?
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:53 PM
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I did this. My hair was quite long and I was losing a lot shortly after Fletcher was born...and find the long hair in his diaper which freaks me out so I chopped it. Granted, it is now healthier but I am not happy that I chopped it. I wish it were still long.....then again, I don't think I was losing as much as 30-40 strands a day. I agree with others, are you taking all your vitamins?
well now I know 4 girls. LOL
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My son is 8 months and I'm going through the same thing. Keep taking your prenatals!!
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Thanks ladies for all your input! I am glad I'm not the only one. I do admit to forgetting to take my PNVs sometimes.

Cat, I think we're supposed to lose around 50 strands per day normally but in the 100s? I think my # is around there too. I lose 30-40 on top of that when I wash my hair. My MIL says I should brush my hair often and with force so as to stimulate the follicles. Idk if that actually works but she says it worked for her.

Jasmin, I am so tempted to cut it but fear that a short do would look stupid on me so I opt to tie it up which is probably part of the problem.
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oh ya dry shampoo helps too because it keeps is from looking greasy and all around better.
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yes! this time around was really bad for me. handfuls of hair would come out when i washed my hair; it was scary. i lost around 100+ strands every time i washed my hair, plus a ton more would fall out throughout the day. since i have dark brown hair, it was really noticeable. the good news is that it slowed down around 9.5-10 months pp, and it's growing back.
this was me as well. dark hair definitely makes hair loss look more apparent when it's all over everything.
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Great suggestion Jasmin! I know there's one for brunettes but idk the brand.

I have the Stila one and it looks like I have dandruff although I do enjoy the scent.
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linda, i use this oscar blandi one. as long as i don't use too much and make sure i brush it through well, it works great and doesn't show.

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