My Vanity Shames Me - Postpartum Hair Loss

Did you know that hair loss affects 21 million women in the United States alone? Probably not. Hair loss was never on my radar. I'm a girl and I'm only 30. Why would it be?

Well, I'm losing my hair.

I haven't admitted it to anyone out of complete and total embarrassment, but there's no denying it anymore. It's gone from being irritatingly thin to me having an actual bald spot. I've hid it, I've cried, but now I've gotta find out what is wrong with me.

My hair started coming out at an alarming rate when Athena was about 3 months old. I started to get nervous then, but my OB/GYN assured me that postpartum hair loss is totally normal. A few months later it did, in fact, stop falling out. I was so relieved. However, many months went by and it never came back. I went from having very thick, curly hair to very thin sorta wavy hair. This was strange and unnerving, but since I was still breastfeeding, the doctors figured it was hormonal and would rectify itself when I weaned. Well, Athena didn't wean until I was well into my next pregnancy, and after Zofia was born I braced myself for the next "fall-out."

And fall out, it did.

A couple months ago it started all over again. My scalp is a disaster area and my hair is coming out in clumps again, except this time I don't have any hair to spare. It is so severe I must either wear my hair up or wear a hair piece.

I can't help it. I'm devastated. I've been reading other young women's stories and that helps, so I hope that maybe if I share mine I can help someone too.

Maybe there's something else going on besides just postpartum shedding, maybe not, but I need to know now.  I'm going to my doctor in a couple weeks so see if it is hormonal, a vitamin deficiency, or maybe a thyroid problem. I just hope so much that it's treatable.

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