text post partumAfter giving birth, you’re likely feeling relieved all of those nasty pregnancy symptoms are behind you. Finally, your body can start getting back to normal! However, there’s one more surprise that many women experience once baby has arrived – hair loss!

Known as post-partum hair loss, the hair can start to shed excessively a month or so after giving birth. This is all thanks to hormone changes in the body. Most women experience an all-over thinning of the hair, but some are shocked to discover complete bald patches on the scalp. The good news is, post-partum hair loss is usually only temporary and it’s very rare to lose the hair permanently.

There’s a lot of ways to get through this difficult stage and one way to get things off your chest and share the pain is to reach to reach for the phone and text your friends.

Texts you may find yourself sending

While post-partum hair loss affects every woman slightly differently, there does seem to be a common pattern of emotions. First comes shock as you notice the hair starting to fall out at an alarming rate. This leads to texts such as “OMG, I think I need to see a doctor, my hair is falling out!”.

Next comes the frustration and witty phase. You know what’s happening but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating and embarrassing. So, you’ll find yourself sending texts such as “Do you need a wig, I’ve got plenty of hair here to make one”, or “Well, looks like we’re out of drain un-blocker, could you pop some round for me?”.

It’s common to experience a rollercoaster of emotions over the coming months from frustration and anger to desperation and finally acceptance. It’s even more devastating as during pregnancy, your hair becomes luxuriously thick and hardly falls out at all. It’s worrying, but is it something you should go to the doctor about?

When should you seek advice from a doctor?

Post-partum hair loss is natural and common, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the doctors. There’s a lot of reasons you may be experiencing hair loss so it’s always a good idea to get checked over.

The majority of the time, no medications or treatments are needed and a simple shorter haircut can help cover up the problem. The hair will also regrow and get back to normal in its own time. However, if it is negatively affecting your life, there are topical treatments and medications which may help. Talk to a hair specialist or your GP to find out more.