Motherhood and Hair Loss

Looking at me you might be surprised to learn that I experienced hair loss after both pregnancies. And while I naturally have a lot of hair, it never went back to my pre-pregnancy abundance. I noticed some shedding during and after my first pregnancy, but it wasn’t too bad. It was after my second child that I really noticed a problem. I didn’t realise that hair loss and motherhood can go hand in hand, so I wanted to share some insight.

A few months after Dubz was born, I noticed that loads of hair started breaking off. Apparently this can be due to a reduction in one’s oestrogen levels. Normally, by your child’s first birthday, your hair will return to its full glory. This was not the case for me. For a few years, I had these short, broken hairs sticking out of the top of my bed. I used to crop the top of my head in photos as it perturbed me greatly. I felt like I was the only one going through this and didn’t really talk to my friends about my hair insecurities.

It wasn’t until Dubz turned four that my hair started to get back to normal. It took years for the damaged hair to grow back. One reason for this may be due to my Vitamin D deficiency. This was another issue that began during my second pregnancy. Pregnancy is much more than just having a baby. There are so many physical changes that happens to one’s body, and many of us are not prepared.

Studies have shown that there might be a link between a Vitamin D deficiency and hair loss. Last year, my Vitamin D levels finally became normal (after a year of taking large doses of Vitamin D, as prescribed by my GP). I don’t think it is a coincidence that that is when my hair finally became healthy again. My hair has stopped breaking off and is growing and looking full again.

The only issue that I now have to contend with is my fringe. It is not as full as it used to be, and I constantly fuss with it to hide the thinning hair. I’m hoping that in time this will return to normal. But I know that this may not be the case. The front of my hair might always be a bit on the thin side, and I will need to embrace it or find a way to fix it.

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