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<span style="color:#0000FF;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Well TSH was 1.09...I'm conflicted...I am glad this doesn't appear to be a thyroid problem but I wish I had an answer to my hair loss.</span><br><br><span>Update: Thyroid and iron levels are normal. I thought for sure it had to be thyroid because in addition to the hair loss, I have been freezing cold in my own house when the rest of my family was comfortable. Maybe my levels fluctuated enough to cause symptoms before I hit 12 weeks and baby stopped relying on my thyroid for hormones?? Who knows.<br>
This just may be one of those quirky pg things.</span><br><br><br><br>
I had a very full head of hair through my first two pregnancies (a boy and a girl....and I never really noticed a big hair loss after my kids were born) .... but here I am 12 weeks with #3 and my hair is falling out like crazy....it's already visibly thinner.<br><br>
What's going on? Am I malnourished (I'm still nursing a 2 yr old and I haven't gained any weight....in fact, lost a few pounds but I eat well and take vitamins)? Possible thyroid problem? Just one of those crazy pregnancy things (every pregnancy is different right?!)??<br><br>
If it's just a crazy pregnancy thing.....will it eventually stop?.....grow back?<br><br>
My dh noticed it today and observant is not the first word I'd choose to describe him.<br><br>
Please help!!!!
 

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I dont' know but I am too. I have been losing my hair in CHUNKS every day since I got pregnant. And I'm 28weeks now.
 

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Anemia and thyroid issues can closely mimic each other. They both can cause hair loss, fatigue, and heart palpitations to name a few. I'd have labs done to check on both of these issues.
 

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I have lost hair with the birth of all my babies since my fifth. My chiro said it was a lack of fish oil in my diet. But you have to be careful about fish oil when pg, so I don't know.
 

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I lost a lot of hair AFTER the birth of my babes. I heard that during pregnancy women dont lose much of their hair like we normally shed and then after birth with the hormones changing that we lose a lot of that hair that we normally would have lost.<br><br>
My girl is 6 months adn I have new hair growing in frm where I lost it the last few weeks.
 

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I am loosing my hair, too. BUT my hair is also a lot thicker than it was pre-pregnancy, i assumed since i had thicker hair maybe that's why.. who knows!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Anemia and thyroid issues can closely mimic each other. They both can cause hair loss, fatigue, and heart palpitations to name a few. I'd have labs done to check on both of these issues.</div>
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I agree. I lost chunks of hair after my second was born - much more hair loss than after the first baby. The hair loss was starting to resemble that of a chemo patient. After a while I saw my family doctor and he checked my throid. It was way out of whack. He started me on Synthroid and the hair loss stopped (and it all came back). The fatigue has never really gone away though.
 

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I have really thick hair normally and Im still losing hair in the shower and when I take my hair out of a ponytail. At first I thought it was from not taking my prenatals but Ive taking them the past couple weeks and am still losing hair. I think it's just one of those things.
 

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thank you for all of the responses! I had bloodwork done today...I am anxious to see the results....I'll report back.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span>Update: Thyroid and iron levels are normal. I thought for sure it had to be thyroid because in addition to the hair loss, I have been freezing cold in my own house when the rest of my family was comfortable. Maybe my levels fluctuated enough to cause symptoms before I hit 12 weeks and baby stopped relying on my thyroid for hormones?? Who knows.<br>
This just may be one of those quirky pg things.</span><br><br><br><br>
I had a very full head of hair through my first two pregnancies (a boy and a girl....and I never really noticed a big hair loss after my kids were born) .... but here I am 12 weeks with #3 and my hair is falling out like crazy....it's already visibly thinner.<br><br>
What's going on? Am I malnourished (I'm still nursing a 2 yr old and I haven't gained any weight....in fact, lost a few pounds but I eat well and take vitamins)? Possible thyroid problem? Just one of those crazy pregnancy things (every pregnancy is different right?!)??<br><br>
If it's just a crazy pregnancy thing.....will it eventually stop?.....grow back?<br><br>
My dh noticed it today and observant is not the first word I'd choose to describe him.<br><br>
Please help!!!!</div>
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I highly recommend consulting with an endocrinologist. Did your doctor tell you what your TSH number was or did they just tell you it was "normal"? The acadamy changed the recommendations a few years back as to the right level and some docs/midwives don't know that. If a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> pregnant, TTC or breastfeeding, under 5.0 for TSH is "normal". This number is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">lower</span> than it was in previous years -- earlier the guidline had been 8. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">However</span> if a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">pregnant, nursing or TTC</span> then her number should be 2.0 or below. My endo works hard to keep my number under 1.5 when I am pregnant or nursing. Definitely follow up -- sorry you are going through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I highly recommend consulting with an endocrinologist. Did your doctor tell you what your TSH number was or did they just tell you it was "normal"? The acadamy changed the recommendations a few years back as to the right level and some docs/midwives don't know that. If a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> pregnant, TTC or breastfeeding, under 5.0 for TSH is "normal". This number is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">lower</span> than it was in previous years -- earlier the guidline had been 8. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">However</span> if a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">pregnant, nursing or TTC</span> then her number should be 2.0 or below. My endo works hard to keep my number under 1.5 when I am pregnant or nursing. Definitely follow up -- sorry you are going through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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I completely agree! I was also told that I was not anemic based on my CBC (hemoglobin was fine) but when I requested a ferritin check, it was very low - 8. (Normal being above 40.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I completely agree! I was also told that I was not anemic based on my CBC (hemoglobin was fine) but when I requested a ferritin check, it was very low - 8. (Normal being above 40.)</div>
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Sometimes it is worth getting a 2nd opinion/specialist opinion. I am glad you were able to get it figured out!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I highly recommend consulting with an endocrinologist. Did your doctor tell you what your TSH number was or did they just tell you it was "normal"? The acadamy changed the recommendations a few years back as to the right level and some docs/midwives don't know that. If a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> pregnant, TTC or breastfeeding, under 5.0 for TSH is "normal". This number is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">lower</span> than it was in previous years -- earlier the guidline had been 8. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">However</span> if a woman is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">pregnant, nursing or TTC</span> then her number should be 2.0 or below. My endo works hard to keep my number under 1.5 when I am pregnant or nursing. Definitely follow up -- sorry you are going through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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They just said normal and I didn't ask for numbers. I suspect the labs came back from the hospital lab on a sheet that gives the result and the "normal" range, I would not be surprised at all if that "normal" range was a NOT pregnant normal range. So I will follow up tomorrow and get specifics. The academy you referred to...is that ACOG?
 

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I think it sometimes just happens. I had some hair loss with DD1, but DD2 has been insane. She is 13 MONTHS old and I can still pull out chunks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I've been tested for anemia and had my thyroid levels checked, all perfectly fine. It is highly annoying, I've lost half my hair, it is so thin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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