Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now What's Happening...

I am experiencing postpartum hair loss! It start a couple weeks back and didn't think too much of it. Lately, I was like, this is weird. I looked it up and low and behold it's a normal postpartum pregnancy symptom! I never even heard of something like this (I guess I didn't read far enough in to my "What to Expect, When Your Expecting" book.)I see it more when I am washing my hair or drying it. I talked to my friend Katreena, who had her son, Brayden a day and a half before Claire and she is having the same thing going on! I told her I feel so much better that we are both going through the same thing at the same time! It is just so annoying, I find my hair everywhere, even in Claire's poop! I feel like a dog that is shedding it's coat for Summer. I guess it's just another joy of being a mommy!

Here is some information about postpartum hair loss:

Here's what's going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

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