I told ya that I consider myself a Health Professional right? I like to believe I received my medical degree from Google, since I Google all sorts of things wrong with me, my kids, etc., and usually find the correct diagnosis and treatments only to confirm my findings with our family doctor who then reminds me ‘I shouldn’t be looking online’. Ahem, someone a little nervous?
Anydoubt, I was researching my latest medical problem which has plagued me after all three pregnancies; after two or three months postpartum my hair starts to fall out. Not just one or two strands here and there, I’m talking tons. My long black stands of hair are everywhere, on everyone, and on everything. Its disgusting, and what’s worse is that I feel like I’m just that close to being bald at the rate I lose it three children later.
In my online search I stumbled across this article from WikiHow, How to Prevent Hair Loss After Pregnancy , listing steps for women to avoid hair loss after birth. I am not sure who wrote this or even researched this article but I am willing to bet it was a man because “he” provides eight “simple” steps to combat this problem. I read this and scoffed, clearly he did not consult with a post partum woman, nor is he married to or living with a woman who has recently had a baby, and I believe he does not even know a woman who has recently welcomed a child, let’s review his nonsense recommendations:
1. Avoid hairstyles that pull or stretch your hair. May I introduce you to the new mom uniform; my husband’s oversized spit up on t-shirt, yoga pants, and a ponytail. That’s right, a ponytail because I have not showered in three days, don’t have time to comb my hair, and if down my newborn will either spit up in my hair, or wrap his chubby little death grip fingers around it and pull it out anyway.
2. Maintain a healthy diet that includes fruits and veggies. Okay, does that include peanut butter crusts of sandwiches, granola bars, or raisins? Mr. WikiHow if you come over and prepare this fruit and veggie platter for my healthy diet I will happily eat it.
3. Add vitamins and nutrients to your diet. The only vitamins in my diet were the prenatal ones I was taking before and during my pregnancies. After staring at the beginnings of a bald woman in the mirror because of these damn kids, I am so off my prenatal vitamins and hoping BCP’s will provide all the vitamins my diet needs.
4. Select a shampoo with quality ingredients. Oh that sounds like a great idea IF I HAD TIME TO SHOWER, MUCH LESS SHAMPOO MY HAIR.
5. Comb your wet hair with a wide tooth comb. See recommendation #4 I DO NOT SHOWER so very little chance I have wet hair to comb unless my kids peed on my head.
6. Reduce the use of heated styling tools. Um okay, I just had a baby and have become one with my hair elastic, I do not shower, so having time and need I say the desire for a heated styling tool is a mystery.
7. Get a haircut. Why? To expose more of my skull than I want people to see?
8. Avoid stress. You’re a dummy. That’s all I have to say about that.