Any new mother will tell you that along with the good, there are plenty of downsides to housing another human in your body for nine months.
There’s the nausea, tiredness, swollen feet, veins…
But that all disappears once you have the baby, right? From there, it’s a slippery slope back to your former self, yeah? Uh, not quite.
I was lucky enough to get through without too many pregnancy complaints. Yes, I was the size of a house but compared to some friends who had constant acne, cysts, rashes and skin discolouration, I got by pretty unscathed in terms of the beauty side of things.
That all changed once I actually had the baby.
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All of a sudden, my hormones went crazy and I had weird stuff going on all over the place. My skin had a breakdown and I felt like a pre-pubescent teenager. The thing that worried me the most though was my hair- something I never even considered would be an issue, because I never heard about it.
For me, it seemed that as the baby weight came off, so did chunks of my hair. I was devastated to say the least and searched online through forum after forum for ideas and remedies that could help.
It got so bad that at one point I was embarrassed to go to the hairdresser. I knew that when she brushed my hair, significant amounts of hair would go with it.
I cried to my husband about how I was convinced I was going bald and there would be more tears each night as I washed my hair and watched what seemed like massive amounts of my locks disappear down the drain with the suds.
But it seems that I wasn’t alone. I guess it must be one of those post-baby things you don’t really hear about but really, a great deal of new mums do experience post-partum hair loss.