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Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

When I was pregnant with my second child, I had the thickest, most luscious hair. I was taking my prenatal vitamins, eating healthy for my baby, and the right hormones were flowing through my body.

But then a few months after giving birth, my hair started falling out. When I was in the shower, I would wash out small chunks in my hand. When I was blow drying my hair, I would find small hair tumbleweeds blowing along the bathroom floor.  

after pregnancy hair loss

Why was my hair falling out?  

As my receding hairline became more noticeable, I had to call my OB-GYN to make sure this was normal. Of course, it was.

Apparently, you can lose 100 hairs a day from your head, but not all at once. So, then you don’t really notice them. During pregnancy, increased hormones stop your hair from falling out, so you have this amazing thick, glossy looking mane everyone compliments you on.

After you give birth, your hormone levels start dropping back to normal, while your hair starts dropping to the floor. Your hair could be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

My hair seemed to take about that long or even longer… it seemed. To help prevent more hair from falling out, I kept taking my pre-natal vitamins. I washed my hair only when it truly needed it and I used soft hairbands that would be gentle on my mommy up-do.  

This helped me get through to the next postpartum body change…the MUFFIN TOP!!!


*This post is sponsored by vitaMedMD, a division of TherapeuticsMD. I received compensation in exchange for writing this article. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own and I do not have any relationship to the companies or brands I suggest.

*Any medical and/or nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Heather McMechan

I’m the COO–chief operating officer–of my family. Along with my husband, we are raising 2 amazing kids that keep us on our toes with their sense of humor and enthusiasm for everyday life. I was inspired to start Local Mom Scoop after listening to other moms and their need more information.