I’m Losing My Hair!

You asked and you shall now receive. It’s only fair for us to share all of this stored up knowledge about having a baby and what is going on with your body during those nine (really ten) months. We now will answer, in a very public forum, all of those burning questions about having a baby. Each Monday, we will tackle a commonly-asked-question from the point of view of an expectant parent. Chiming in to give feedback will be an expert (you know someone who does this for a living). Earmark, share and add your own input to today’s question; it’s good karma.

I’m losing my hair! What is up with that and will it come back?

Pregnancy comes with some great perks – glowing skin, and beautiful luxurious locks! Never before have we seen our hair and skin in such great shape! After delivery, as our body adjusts and our hormones estrogen levels begin to reduce, our bodies go through a period of adjustment. Its official name, Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that can occur one to five months following pregnancy. .About 40-50% of women experience this hair loss approximately three months after delivery. It seems to be a great amount of hair loss – though often its just because our hair was in a resting phase during pregnancy and we are making up for lost time. Good news – this is only temporary, and you’ll be back to your good old self within a few months.


Expert: Renee Sullivan

Renee Sullivan, parent coach and Founding Director of Mommybites support groups, works with moms each week to create their own personal parenting plan that is right for them, while making sure that each mom gets the support, resources, and community they need for their parenting journey. Drawing from her experience as an birth coach and educator, she guides moms – new, seasoned and expectant through the never – ending array of decisions that come with having a child. Weekly sessions that are “nurturing, informative, and fun” and her “calm-laid back personality” has made her a “dynamic resource” to the parenting community since 2006. Renee’s positive, warm and enthusiastic personality relaxes and guides new and expectant moms to enjoy the journey and her personal attention to detail allows all parents that work with her to quickly get the resources they need to feel at ease to make informed and educated decisions. Before joining Mommybites, she narrowly escaped the trenches of Corporate America where she was a Senior Project Manager for The New York Times, Morgan Stanley and Pfizer. She lives in New York City and is the mom of one happy kindergartener.

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