From being sore to leaking breast milk all over the damn place to never sleeping, post-birth life can be a challenge. Then, as if the baby gods have decided to smite new mothers the world over, postpartum hair loss is thrown into the mix. During pregnancy, your hormones shift and allow you to grow all this beautiful, shiny new hair. Then your baby comes into the world and all that gorgeous hair goes down the drain. Literally. It’s upsetting as hell, which is why there are things you shouldn’t say to a woman with postpartum hair loss. Like, ever.
I’ve had my own struggles with hair loss over the years, but never have they been so taxing than after I gave birth to my son. When I was pregnant I was so excited to finally be getting some hair back after slowly thinning out over the years. In fact, right after birth it seemed as though my lovely locks were going to stick around. Then, about six or seven months postpartum, I noticed huge clumps of hair in my shower drain. My pillow cases were covered in hair, too, and my dreams of having luscious, flowing hair ended.
For most new mothers, the postpartum hair loss is minimal and their hair — both in thickness and in amount — will just go back to whatever it was pre-pregnancy. Sadly, for me, I’ve recently been diagnosed with PCOS, which explains why my hair loss hasn't subsided. I know the pain of losing your hair all too well, dear reader, so if your partner, friend, or relative is struggling with postpartum hair loss, please mind what you say. More importantly, don’t say the following: