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Please help! Hair falling out & going grey after baby!

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Sensethismakesnone Sat 07-Feb-15 12:12:11

Hi everyone I'm new here so I apologise if this has been discussed a lot before but I'm in need of advice and/or reassurance!

I had my baby boy 4 months ago and for the past month my hair has been falling out, quite excessively. I was told to expect that and I'm aware of why it happens but this is literal clumps, to the point where I'm surprised I'm not bald. When I have a bath it's like something out of The Ring!!

Also at the front and down my parting is turning grey, and this is really getting me down (I'm only 24 - hadn't expected to go grey for a few more years). sad I always had the odd grey hair but again this is a lot worse. I'm going to see my gp next week but in the meantime can anyone recommend any products / treatment etc? Has anyone experienced this aswell? Would getting my hair cut help at all? I'm also slightly embarrassed to go to the hairdressers in this state!! Could the grey hair be a postnatal problem aswell?
Any comments / advice / stories etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance smile

dementedpixie Sat 07-Feb-15 12:15:20

you have 9 months worth of hair to lose so it can be quite scary when it starts coming out. I lost so much hair with my first but not as much with my second - I used to find it everywhere, even in dd's nappy!

Don't know about the greys - thats what hair dye is for!

Kundry Sat 07-Feb-15 12:19:25

There isn't a treatment for grey hair except for dyeing it. And yes hair does fall out massively after having a baby as almost none has fallen out for nine months.

Sorry but both problems you are experiencing are normal and don't need medical treatment (your GP is v unlikely to be impressed).

Sensethismakesnone Sat 07-Feb-15 12:35:34

I'm actually seeing gp for a different reason but was going to mention it whilst there anyway. And I've tried dying it but made no difference! I'm aware hair falls out after pregnancy and why. My problem is worse than anyone I know has experienced was hoping someone could advise best thing to do til it calms down. Lol thanks anyway ..

Sensethismakesnone Sat 07-Feb-15 12:42:20

Thanks by the way dementedpixie, it is quite scary even though I prepared myself for it and try to remain level headed about it! How long did it carry on for for you?

dementedpixie Sat 07-Feb-15 13:45:38

It went on for a few months. best to get it checked out anyway. I think thyroid issues can contribute to hair loss too

I honestly thought I was going bald after each pregnancy! I think beause my hair was thicker, grew faster and didn't lose as much as normal under pregnancy hormones, that the huge loss after seemed so scary.. could have made a wig out of what fell out!

It took about 9 months to slow to normal (and then I was preganant again!) but it did sort itself out in the end.

I'm afraid going grey early is just bad luck..unlikely to be related to pregnancy and is not reversible.. but you are noticing it more because of your hair concerns. I've had greys in mine forever.. I just ignore them mostly!

emark Sat 07-Feb-15 15:06:47

are there any good products to make hair look thicker and fuller??

SunTree Sat 07-Feb-15 15:11:48

Take some vitamin tablets. There are some specifically designed to boost nutrients needed for healthy hair.

Eat eggs! They help with biotin.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 07-Feb-15 15:48:25

Check your iron levels.

bigbuttons Sat 07-Feb-15 15:50:50

take b vit supplements

Sensethismakesnone Sat 07-Feb-15 18:34:17

Thanks everyone. I've found it quite disheartening when asking my friends with babies if their hair fell out a lot and they all say no (some not at all!) meanwhile I'm moulting worse than the cat! And the grey thing is what's really thrown me as everyone in the family has tons of black hair (my grandads in his 90s and less grey than me!) so I was worried it could be the sign of a medical problem, especially as it's come on quite quickly, and since giving birth. Hard to find much info about it online. Hopefully is just bad luck, I'll mention it to the doc and try your suggestions. Thanks for advice much appreciated!

dementedpixie Sat 07-Feb-15 18:40:44

pregnancy.about.com/od/postpartum/ss/Postpartum-Hair-Loss.htm

TwiggyHeart Sat 07-Feb-15 18:44:50

DD2 is 4 months and my hair is falling out in epic proportions, the bath is constantly blocked. I have also noticed lots of short greys round my hairline. The same happened the first time but not as badly as now. Hang on in there it will slow down and in the meantime hit the hair dye!

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