My Hair Loss Experience During Pregnancy
I’ve lived with alopecia for half of my life and have always been curious about what would happen to my hair if I ever got pregnant.
Would it grow back? Is that even possible? I’ve heard so many stories of women who experienced pregnancy regrowth that I am really curious to see what happens even though deep down, I know expectations are planned disappointments.
Last year when I produced my online series, I interviewed women from all over the world and some of them shared their experience during pregnancy and postpartum.
One of them said that she had the best hair of her life while pregnant, which made me really excited. Others experienced their worst shed postpartum. Which is not surprising but terrifying at the same time.
I know this is a hot topic in our community, so I want to bring you my experience raw and uncensored. I will provide photo updates during pregnancy as well as post partum.
Please remember that we are all different and our hair loss journey is affected by a lot of different factors. I’m not here to provide medical advice or tell you how your hair will look in the future.
I’m here to share my experience with the intention of bringing light to the topic and breaking the stigma around hair loss.
So with that said, here is my first trimester hair loss update.
During the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, I honestly wasn’t even thinking about it. My nausea was so intense, that my hair loss was the least of my concerns. I remembered to take a picture only because I wanted to track progress in case a miracle happens and my hair grows back.
I haven’t taken close pictures of my hair loss in years. I stopped looking for solutions over 7 years ago. Paying close attention to potential regrowth brings a lot of emotions, so I didn’t really like taking these photos but I’m so glad I did!
From week 6 to week 10, there was definitely some progress. I noticed the shedding was almost gone. I barely shed after washing my hair, which is a small victory after years of dreading washing my hair. I’ve been taking progesterone for months prior to pregnancy and throughout the first trimester. So I’m not sure if this improvement is due to the progesterone specifically or other pregnancy hormones.
I will report back once I stop the progesterone during my second trimester and will let you know if I see any changes.
By week 10, my hair felt strong and thick. So I decided to let my hair down at home without a topper or a wig, something I haven’t done in at least 7 years.
When I’m home without alternative hair, I usually wear my hair up in a tiny bun or a high pony because I don’t have enough hair to do anything else. I usually cover up my thinning with a headband or a hat but in week 10, I decided to try something new. I let my hair down and tried the Lacefront Band from Thin Hair Thick.
What a pleasant surprise! For the first time in 7 years, I felt comfortable with my hair down. This Lacefront Band gave me enough coverage to feel good in my own skin. No topper or wig needed.
If you have thinning on the front and the sides, I highly recommend giving this a try. Make sure to find the right color match and customize the length if needed.
It is important that you wash and style your hair to match the band but once you do, you are good to go.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to wear the band.
This look works out great if you want to give your scalp a break from topper clips and let it breathe without a wig.
I’ve been wearing the band on the weekends and it feels so nice to give my scalp a break.
You can get a $25 dollar discount on your purchase with code THT254ME at Thinhairthick.com
Now that I’m done with my first trimester, I will stop the progesterone and report back any changes. I am seriously not invested or have high expectations about regrowth but I am committed to sharing my experience with you in detail.
Stay tuned for more updates coming soon from my second trimester. If you have any questions or would like to share your experience, please shoot me an email or a DM. I would LOVE to hear from you!