About 3 months after I delivered, I found myself looking for specific advice on how to deal with my shedding hair. Looking back, what I found was a lot of misinformation. I'm here to shed some light on some of the biggest myths regarding postpartum hair loss I saw out there.
If you have started to notice more hair on your hairbrush again or on the bathroom tile, this may be more than just remnants of postpartum shedding. As summer comes to an end in most parts of the world (Hawaii and the Bahamas you can just ignore this), and fall/winter fast approaches, so does seasonal hair shedding. Studies show that seasonal hair loss affects more women than men, and typically occurs during the fall months like September and October.
While many Mom's were worried about selecting the perfect car seat and crib for their newborns arrival. I spent my nights researching how to lose the postpartum weight as quickly as possible. But, does dieting after having a baby cause more hair loss?
There are some things about the 4th trimester that I had a vague awareness of. The way my body would look after delivery (shout out to all the Moms posting real photos on IG so I wasn't disillusioned), the lack of sleep, constant milk machine, even the hair shedding. What I had zero clue was that I would be able to rival John Travolta in Grease with my oily strands. This isn't an exaggeration. I would finally get the chance to take a shower and rinse my hair. I would double shampoo, then condition and.... bam greasy oily scalp and hair...fresh from a wash. WHY!!!
Three years ago when I was still pregnant with my youngest I researched anything and everything that would prevent postpartum hair loss. I joined every Mommy community out there and grilled seasoned Moms about what they had done that worked. I was surprised that so many seemed to blame breastfeeding on their hair loss. Do you lose vitamins while breastfeeding? The more I thought about it, the more the possibility grew on me. When I had my first son I was breastfeeding exclusively and I remember feeling so drained and depleted after. I ate more while pumping than I did during my pregnancy, which made me wonder now years later had I lost vitamins while pumping? Had that loss affected...