Wookie In The Bathroom: A Postnatal Tale of Hair Loss

So, we all know by now that there are many changes a mami’s body will go through during and after pregnancy: weight gain, acne or lack of, redness of the skin, stretch marks, hemorrhoids, morning sickness, bigger breasts, unexpected cravings, moodiness, aching feet and joints, and anemia, to name a few. But there is one more that I had never heard of, until the day a couple weeks ago when I took a shower, the tub got plugged up, and I fished a giant Wookie out of the drain!

I am talking right now about postpartum hair loss. Yes, ladies, I thought maybe I was dying. I can now sit and run my fingers through my hair at any point in the day and lose several at once. And shower time looks like there is a family of Chewbaccas on the wall. Apparently, it begins a few months postpartum, usually between months two and four, and lasts from four to six weeks. It is due to the way that the normal growth period of hair is elongated during pregnancy, thanks to the extra estrogen, and when the hormones begin to settle back down, the loss of the hair increases, as though the scalp just tumbled out of bed, late for work, and is speeding around getting dressed.

Is there anything to be done to prevent all this shedding? Sadly, no. While a diet containing lots of B vitamins is great for healthy hair, this is just one of those things that will have to run its course. My recommendation is to wear your hair up in some sort of bun contraption as much as possible during the day, to avoid a Wookie breeding ground on your back. Getting or making some cute hair clips is a great addition to make it look a little more special and can boost your style’s elegance. Hang in there! It can be scary, but it will pass!


Wookie in the bathroom, recompense, for all that time with hair so dense.

–Variation of a line from The English Beat’s “Mirror In The Bathroom”



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Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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