by Ashley on November 9, 2011

One of the things you read or hear about a lot when you’re pregnant is that, at some point after the baby is born, all of your hair is going to start falling out. I thought I was in the clear–no bald spots yet–but I do seem to be shedding more than usual. I’m pulling hairs off of Hudson left and right.

What makes it worse is that I keep remembering this horrible warning I read a while back, something to the effect of: “if your baby is crying and there is no obvious reason (wet, sleepy, hungry), look for hairs wrapped around his or her finger or around his penis that might be cutting off circulation and causing pain.”

Wait… what!? I reported this to Aron, horrified at all the ways baby care books conspire to terrify you that you’re going to kill your child, and he has since enjoyed torturing me further by pretending to sometimes find such hairs. He’ll come back from calming Hudson and explain that he removed one.

So it’s not cool that my hair is now everywhere. Not cool at all. I’m breaking out the lint roller for pet hair (one of those kinds I used to scoff at when advertised as a substitute for vacuuming, in places like the Container Store) and using it on his playmat–and sometimes on him. Funny thing is, I think he kind of likes it!



alyson November 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

ugh, yes. it’s terrible!! I was always a shedder before I was pregnant but I’ve begun to notice how thin my hair looks. it’s awful!!!

WhitMc November 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

The shedding is the WORST. I remember girlfriends warning me about it, using the phrase “clumps of hair” and I was like “Sure, right.” It’s so true, and so wrong. My poor shower drain needed to be cleaned after every single shower. Good thing is, it eventually stops…then all the hair starts growing back in and you get the fun frizzies from all the short little hairs.

Michelle J. November 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I hated combing my hair during the “shedding” phase. I shed from when my daughter was 3 months until she was 7 months! At one point I honestly thought I was going to have a blad spot. After the second month of it happening I just went and got a short haircut and that seemed to help.

As for the constricting hair thing on the babies I had never heard that! Adding that to my list of fears!

She Used To Walk Fast November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh my God. I totally remember reading that exact same thing and freaking out and obsessively checking his toes for my hair. I hate baby books because they get you when you are at your most irrational.

Emily Stephens November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

This post cracked me up, Ashley! What a wise guy that Aron is 😉

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