It felt like I had been wearing the highest, tightest, most uncomfortable "pull at my scalp" rubber banded, pony tail all day. Only my hair had been down and I was attempting to avoid scalp movement at all costs. Experiencing a painful or sensitive scalp after having a baby? Here's what you should know:
If your metabolism slows after delivery; your body is going to make up for that by investing more energy in trying to keep the vital functions of the body going rather than caring about how healthy your hair is by giving up those vitamins to other areas of the body. As a result, you will likely experience more intense hair loss, and on top of that the hair itself will likely feel more brittle, dry, and coarse.
You may have noticed that your scalp started to itch during pregnancy or postpartum. With hormone levels raised our scalps become engorged with liquids and this can cause a tingling, painful sensation in the nerve along with severe itchiness. Sebum is the oil produced on our scalps and the increase in hormones can cause it to increase as well. Those with greasy scalps postpartum are also more prone to sensitivities that include itch, and even some pain, as the hair shaft can become plugged. Getting sebum production under control is important for relieving itchiness, and here's how to do it.
The internet loves the man cold. I admit, I have laughed too hard at the memes accurately describing how pathetic and overcome men get at the first sign of a sniffle. Men, not being able to leave the bed and requiring 24/7 care and pity. Meanwhile... mom gets sick. Nothing and I mean nothing changes. No days off. It doesn't matter if you didn't sleep the night before because you kept turning over to breathe through your one working nostril, you have lunches to pack. Your throat is on fire? oh too bad because you have 7:30 am drop off. The fantasy of Netflix, a cozy blanket, and chicken soup is just that... a fantasy. The last time I caught...
Will cutting my hair help with postpartum hair loss? I don't know a single mom who at some point in the months after delivery doesn't contemplate cutting their hair. Maybe it's the fluctuating hormones, or the postpartum hair loss, or the grabby hands of an infant with a death-grip that's set on eliminating your strands. Whatever the reason, it's highly likely that around 3-4 months postpartum your google search will include images for haircut inspo. Will it help with the shedding? What about baby Hercules and his grabby hands?