Plenty of birth parents have experienced that moment in the shower (the warm, relaxing place where you’re supposed to find solitude during the newborn haze) when it begins: A few strands here, a few strands there; you start to realize it’s not your mind playing tricks on you … yep, you’re losing a lot of hair.
I had that moment in the shower, and again when brushing my hair, and again when I woke up in the morning to find hair all over my pillow and sheets. It just kept falling out and was frightening to witness, not knowing when or if it would stop. Would it grow back? Would my new hair be the same? There was a lot I didn’t know about hair shedding after birthing a baby—primarily to anticipate it in the first place because it’s simply part of the postpartum period (though it’s an unfortunate side effect, there’s no argument there).
To help make sense of postpartum hair loss, we tapped Aimee Paik, MD, FAAD, SVP of Dermatology at Hims & Hers, on what to expect and options for treatment.