No one wants to lose their hair. Older men with high testosterone levels don’t want to lose their hair. Aging women don’t want to lose their hair. People undergoing chemotherapy don’t want to lose their hair. And postpartum women don’t want to lose their hair. But sometimes we don’t have a say in what happens to our bodies. So several months after you give birth, when your hormones get a bit wonky, sometimes you find clumps of hair in your hands and shower drain. Because many moms experience severe postpartum hair loss, recognizing their struggles is certainly important and worthwhile.
My own issues with hair loss started when I was postpartum. My hair had flourished during my pregnancy with my son, and when it still hadn’t shed four months after his birth I figured I was in the clear. But half-way into my son’s first year of life, I started noticing huge clumps of hair in my shower drain. I decided to stop washing my hair as often, hoping that would minimize the amount of hair I was losing, but it didn’t help. I tried not combing my hair, which made a slight difference, but I was still losing more hair than I would have liked.
Eventually I realized I was experiencing postpartum hair loss and, thankfully, it did slow down after a couple of months of heavy shedding. The entire experience took a toll on my mental state and self-esteem, though, and I know I’m not alone. So with that in mind, here's how other moms dealt with the emotional turmoil of losing your hair postpartum