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#1 of 7 Old 08-15-2010, 05:34 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm literally going bald. This happened (to a lesser extent) after DD was born, but at 22 weeks I have about half the hair I started with. Even my eyelashes are getting sparse. DH put his arm around me at dinner the other night and then bit into a long red haired sandwich. Gross! I try to dress professionally at work (I'm a nurse), but no matter how many times I pick hairs off my clothing I still look like I just hugged Big Foot.

Anything I can do, or just watch as the shower clogs and make wigs for DD's dolls? eek!
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Are you sure you don't have any nutrient deficencies?

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Yes- I'd probably have this checked out.

Hair loss is pretty common post-partum when hormone levels return to normal, but I've not heard of it being associated with pregnancy itself. I guess I'm just lucky, but my hair always grows like a weed when I'm pregnant, and then I lose a bunch later on.

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are you getting enough EFA's - essential fatty acids...that would be something I'd check into. Some hair loss is considered normal...but that sounds a bit much. In general, and not just during pregnancy, excessive hair loss can mean that you aren't getting enough of your EFA's or even calcium, protein or iron.

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I have been having a lot more hair loss than usual, although I have so much hair to start with that I am definitely not in any danger of going bald.

The eyelash thing is weird, though. Do you have an HCP you could ask about this?

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I would have your thyroid (TSH levels) checked too. Hair loss is common with hypothyroidism and pregnancy and postpartum are common times to have a change in function.

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DDDC to say that I can sympathise with you. I started losing my hair with my first pregnancy in 2003. By the time my daughter was a few months old I had complete loss, including my eyelashes and brows. I am now on my third pregnanacy and still bald. I was diagnosed with alopecia. If you are losing in spots you may have that too?

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