In the days, weeks, and months after having a baby, most of us tend to lose ourselves in motherhood. The lack of sleep and privacy means we don’t always shower as often as we’d like; many of us ditch the makeup and stop doing our hair; matching outfits are usually a thing of the past. Eventually, though, you start to notice and pay attention to yourself again. This is when postpartum hair loss will rear its ugly head. While postpartum hair loss is common, it's also scary, so mothers really need their partners to step up their game. Thankfully, there are many ways a partner can support a mom going through postpartum hair loss.
Some dads and other partners might not really be sure how they can help at first. I know that when I first started losing my hair after having my son, my husband wasn’t really sure what he could do or say to calm my (very rational, I promise) fears. If I tried to talk about the loss, he would just try to act as though it wasn’t so bad, even though I knew it was. Of course, because I was postpartum I was also vulnerable, raw, exhausted, sore and hormonal, so how my partner reacted was very important to me.
Over time, and thankfully, my partner has learned how to help me out through not only postpartum hair loss, but a slew of other postpartum changes that I may or may not have been totally prepared to experience. So, for all the partners out there trying to be there for the new mama with postpartum hair loss in their lives, here’s a few helpful tips. After all, that mama has enough going on.