I honestly wish there was more information on post-partum hair loss. Or possibly that I was more prepared for the fistfuls, literally not figuratively, of hair that comes out of your head. I think it would have had a better understanding if someone, anyone would have explained that hair continues to fall out for months after birth.
Seriously no one I mean no one. No friends, family, etc. talked about post-partum hair loss. I wasn't warned from a loved one. I’d heard of post-partum hair loss from a random you tube video I watched about birthing and after baby. This person did not go into any detail about it. She said she experienced very little hair loss and this was shortly after giving birth. So after my baby I did a quick post birth check to see if my hair was still on my head. "Yep still there", so I'm in the clear right! No, I wasn't. My hair didn't fall out when I expected it to.
When you think post-partum hair loss it's natural to think RIGHT after baby right? Not correct. My daughter is 6 months and my hair is still falling out.
First of all, if you’re like me, it took a while to be able to seriously get in the shower and wash your hair well. The baby is crying, you have to breast feed for what feels like every 5 minutes, and you’re a walking zombie. If you have 15 minutes to yourself you will want to use it sleeping. My showers were so short and infrequent (embarrassing but true) that I just didn't have any time to really detangle my hair. I'm a natural gal so this is a seriously necessary part of my wash routine. My first real hair wash was 1.5 months after my daughter was born. This may be longer than most would have had to wait but it takes me at least 45 min to deep condition and detangle. I have a TON of hair.
When I finally got into my hair to detangle it, it was so knotted I had dread locks everywhere. I'm so embarrassed to share this but I have to share because I would have avoided this if someone properly warned me.
What is non diabetic hypoglycemia? Most people are quite familiar with diabetes but don't really know what hypoglycemia is. Well quite simply, it is battling low blood sugar. A few symptoms of hypoglycemia are fatigue, lightheadedness, shaking, vomiting headache and slurred speech. Hypoglycemia is just as serious as diabetes in that if ignored it can result in seizure or even death.
As a child I had to have my little finger pricked before and after lunch. I’d munch on a few graham crackers, drink some juice and I was on my way back to class. My mother did an excellent job of making me feel like every other kid because I thought everyone had a little snack break and a prick! I've only been aware of my hypoglycemia for the past 10 years. When I became pregnant, Like most pregnant women, I very easily increased my calories so I rarely felt the effects of my hypoglycemia. However, after pregnancy, when I started breastfeeding, I had to really pay close attention to my low blood sugar. I’ve battled many days of sluggishness, grumpy attitude, lack of awareness and milk supply issues. (Our loved ones are literally sucking the get up and go out of us!) It's really beyond the typical sleep deprivation or baby blues.
My husband jokingly says "feed me Seymour!" In reference to the giant flesh eating plant Audrey II from little shop of horrors. But that is exactly how I feel! It's truly become a daily battle against her (Audrey II, not me of course).