Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Shedding

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When I had my first child a few years ago, I wasn’t too bothered by the possibility of losing my hair; in fact, I wasn’t even on a hair journey. On occasion I had heard people complain that they had lost chunks of hair but I just thought it was the off chance. Man was I wrong!

Fast forward a few years down the road and I am a healthy hair convert with precious cargo and someone says “I hope it’s going swimmingly.” Yeah sure it’s swimming in my head that I might have bald patches in a few months.



So I delved into being proactive by researching ways to dodge that bullet. The last time I shed a little light on the fact that while it’s not the norm, there are some women who lose hair during pregnancy. What most persons may be familiar with is postpartum shedding or losing hair after your pint sized tenant exits the ‘mother ship’.

It’s bad enough that your body goes through nine months of the extraordinary feat of nurturing life and surviving as a portal to this world, but then to find out three to six months after the grand entrance, you have to deal with rapid hair loss to boot! Well that’s enough to frustrate anyone, especially when you’ve been good about doing all you need to do to retain length on this healthy hair journey.

No doubt, there are some of you going through it now, we’ll focus on how you might be able to go about fighting postpartum shedding.

Causes of Postpartum Shedding

I probably should have said that not everyone experiences postpartum shedding. For those who have and will go through this, it’s important that you understand that it’s not uncommon so don’t think you are becoming a freak of nature if all the lush growth you developed during pregnancy starts coming out by the handfuls.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing.After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing.After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Bettina

Is there a certain amount of time you should wait after having a baby when getting a relaxer? I’ve had 3 kids last one being December 2014 and I haven’t experienced post partum shedding with the other 2 but I know every pregnancy is different. I was also informed that medications given during labor can stay in your system for up to 6 months after baby. Is that true?? Any advice is helpful! Thank you!

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