In case you think I am talking about the metaphorical “pull your hair out” over kids, I am not. I am talking about real, post-partum hair loss. It’s kind of funny. But mostly it’s not.
I’m Not Actually Going Bald…
But I am losing gobs and gobs of hair. My luscious locks of pregnancy are long gone. A mere 3 months ago, my hair was still so thick and shiny from all of the residual pregnancy hormones. When I got my hair cut about 2 months after giving birth, my stylist could not believe how much my hair had grown during pregnancy. That all changed about a month later. The loss started slowly. Then all of a sudden, it seemed like a wookie had died in my shower every time I washed my hair. My husband, who already thinks women have a mission to clog up the shower after every use, started complaining that his toes were collecting massive amounts of hair every time he walked into the bathroom where I fix my hair every morning.
One afternoon last week, I pulled my hair into a ponytail to go running and was horrified to see that my left and right temples were thinning. Like, obvious hair loss. Henry confirmed that I did, indeed, have an almost bald patch, slightly bigger than a golf ball, at both temples. He then proceeded to assure but then assured me he would love me even if I went bald. “In fact,” he says, “there was an old guy when I was a teenager who always told me to marry a bald woman because she’s unlikely to cheat on you.”
He thinks he’s so funny.
People tell me to look on the bright side–my hair should return to normal within 6-12 months after giving birth. That’s a long, freakin’ time. Here’s to hoping I’m not in a wig by then.