Fresh off that dose of mom-shaming that Jessie James Decker received earlier this week for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding while holding a glass of what appeared to be wine, the country singer is back at it. And by “at it,” we mean reminding us that even glamorous celebs experience the indignities of parenting. This time, she wrote about her struggle with postpartum hair loss.
“Any other mamas losing their hair like me right now?” Decker wrote on Instagram, captioning a Boomerang of herself and 2-month-old son Forrest. “I really thought this time it wouldn’t go because it held off for so long. It did with Viv and bub right after but this time it held off until now,” she wrote, referring to her other children, Vivianne, 4, and Eric, 2. She added: “Maybe there are some good vitamins I could take for that?”
Many mothers discover their hair falling out in clumps in the months after giving birth, which can be particularly shocking by comparison to the thick, shiny locks they often notice during pregnancy. (That thick pregnancy hair, Parents explains, is caused when estrogen prevents the normal cycle of hair loss.)
Of course, many of Decker’s fans chimed in with their own experiences.
“My hair is falling out in clumps and my little one is 5 months old,” wrote Steph407. “Let us know if you find a magic pill.”
“My son was born 3-17 and my hair is falling out terribly, like a lot of others I’m scared I’m going to be left with nothing!!!” Lexibarnett commented. “Very curious on what you end up doing! Please share! I am desperate!”
A dip in estrogen levels causes the postpartum loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The shedding is temporary, the AAD states, and it all evens out and returns to normal by the time the baby is about a year old.
Many followers shared advice with Decker about various vitamin supplements they have taken to help with thinning hair. There are so many “hair vitamins” on the market these days, and even if the problem is temporary, the idea of solving it with a pill is tempting. However, experts say that supplements such as biotin only work if your hair loss is caused by a vitamin deficiency. As an alternative, the AAD suggests using volumizing shampoos and avoiding intensive conditioners.
Considering just how amazing Decker’s hair looked after she had her first two children, she’ll probably do just fine this time too.
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