Having a baby is a really beautiful journey. From hearing the heartbeat for the first time to finally holding your beautiful baby after nine long months, it’s magical.
But then, the baby is born and we begin the postpartum recovery period. During this time, we will experience a lot of the “fun” side-effects that come with postpartum recovery.
I am nine months postpartum and like most women, I experienced the dreaded postpartum hair loss. For me, the hair loss started exactly when my daughter turned four months old. Since she is my third baby, I was already anticipating this side effect of postpartum recovery but I still felt really anxious about having to go through it again. I understand this is a totally normal part of postpartum recovery but it still bothered me. I hated seeing my hair all over the bathroom floor and stuck to the walls in the shower. The thinning spots around my hairline seemed to be the only thing I could see when I looked in the mirror. After reaching out to a few friends and chatting with my OB about postpartum hair loss, I was able to come up with a few tricks to get through this phase.
1. Diet: First and foremost, make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. We are so busy taking care of our new infant and possibly older children that we forget how important it is that we fuel our own bodies. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by eating well and keeping hydrated. Complete proteins, iron & complex carbs (plus vitamin C to help with iron absorption) are needed to help with hair growth.