My hair is falling out - yet another postpartum side effect. It's disgusting and Chuck gets in the shower after me and starts making Chewbacca noises when he sees all the hair that has fallen out of my head and landed in the shower.Here's the deal per BabyCenter:
Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. Note: Strands of hair can end up tightly wrapped around your baby's tiny appendages, including his fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, and penis. This is called a hair tourniquet, and it can be quite painful for your little one.
I can't imagine finding a hair wrapped around my baby's penis, but I guess it is possible. For now, I'm just trying to keep the hair out of my face, off my desk, out of my food, off my clothes, and generally in the trash.