Hair

Multiple people have told me this.  I wish this was something I knew about 2.5 years ago when I was bald and absolutely devastated about losing my hair.  I was much more upset about losing all of my hair than having a life-altering, devastating massive stroke.  My priorities were obviously right where they should be.  Anyway, people have told me that pre-natal vitamins are great for your hair and make it grow really fast.  I didn’t know that!!!!!!!!!  Hey all moms, is that true?  How’s your hair Vic?

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  1. I’m not sure if its the vitamins or not. I think its actually the pregnancy hormones that provide the supple locks….yes its true…..pregnancy is very kind to ur hair. It doesn’t “shed” like normal, so hair becomes extra thick in that 9 months. Down side is after the baby comes, all the hair that was supposed to come out during the prior 9months comes out. Last time I was horrified…big clumps coming out at once…..awesome…I thought I was gonna be bald. Ugh..the price we pay to become mothers.

      • Yes, it was scary…especially because at the time I felt so horrible too. My angioma that I didn’t know was in my brain was bleeding,unknown to me, while my hair was falling out in clumps…fun times!! Hoping this time around is easier.

    • Yep! I definitely had thick hair during pregnancy. Then, when I stopped nursing, it all started falling out. Now, 1 1/2 years later, I still shed more than I did pre-charley. And my hair is thinner than ever. I think some of it is due to stress, too, cause it has gotten worse. So… I just chopped it all off and it looks wonderfully thick. Pregnancy hormones make your body crazy.

      To answer the original question, I do believe the vitamins also help with hair growth.

  2. The two times I was pregnant, I had the best hair and fingernails ever. My hair has always been thick and shiny, but not like that. Of course, it may have been not drinking. Hard to tell correlation vs cause and effect.

  3. I will keep quiet, this is one of the areas I will never suggest I am a know-it-all.

  4. I totally understand the hair thing. When I was told I needed neurosurgery to save my life I told the doctor that I wouldn’t consent to the surgery unless they could do it without shaving my head, which of course they could do. It’s just easier for the surgeon if they shave your head. Devastating for the patient but they don’t care about that. So I came out of neurosurgery with an essentially full head of waist length hair. Brain damaged but at least I still had great hair.
    I think the most important thing for good hair is good nutrition. A diet high in protein since hair is protein. Lots of fruit and vegetables too. I’m not a great believer in supplements as long as you eat right. Also anyone with thinning hair should absolutely have their thyroid functions checked. Both hypo- and hyperthyroid conditions can cause hair problems.
    Finally, medications can cause hair loss. Keppra, for instance, which many if us have been on at one time or another.
    I had the same issues as everyone else with pregnancy. Falling out in clumps six months after delivery. But it all grew back quickly and it was better than the nine months of vomiting that preceeded it.
    Disclaimer time. My husband saw this post and said I need to put in a disclaimer because I’m a doctor. This post only represents my own experience and is not intended as medical advice. Although the thyroid stuff really is important.

    • That makes me very angry. They DEFINITELY didn’t need to shave my whole head. When I’m fully recovered and looking awesome I’m gonna go to my neurosurgeon’s office and give him a BIG piece of my mind.

      • I doubt they needed to shave ur head. Since mine was a planned surgery, I got to ask all kinds of question ahead of time. I have long hair and heard all kinds of stories abiut shaved heads and tangled messes afterwards. I felt stupid asking about hair when what I was dealing with was so serious….but I asked anyway. How big is my scar going to be…my surgeon was kinda funny..he said how much sympathy do u want? I asked if I could donate my hair before they shaved it all..he sais I could but theyre only shaving a pencil thin strip for the incision. You couldnt even notice where mine was shaved, my other hair just covered it. Sometimes I think being obviously ” injured” would have been easier. I “looked good” after only a few days, despite being completely messed up in my head. Not sure if that was a good thing or not.
        Did I miss something about about thyroid here? I also have hypothyroidism, so msybe that was contributing to my mess??

        • I’m hypothroid too. As long as your meds are properly adjusted and your TSH is okay you should pretty much be asymptomatic. I am now that my synthroid dose is the correct one. My first symptom of hypothroidism was that my hair was really brittle and breaking a lot. My haircutter picked it up. I feel compelled to disclaim again. Although I am a doctor pay no more attention to me than you would to your average strokie.

      • My surgery wasn’t minor. Yet they only shaved the tiny parts where they made the incision, which were covered up by my other hair from day one. The other women in rehab couldn’t believe I had had a craniotomy. I was the only one who still had a ponytail. Surgeons are a barbaric lot (the same wonderful folk who brought you the totally unnecessary radical mastectomy). There used to be an amazing neurosurgeon at the hospital I worked at who specialized in pediatric brain tumors and he always said to shave as little hair as possible because he felt that the kids were as traumatized by the hair loss as they were by the surgery. RIP Dr. E. They don’t make them like you anymore.

      • As women have a billion more brain cells than men you can spare a piece of your mind! Go Amy!

  5. I was just going to say what he started this post off with: biotin. My doctor suggested that, too. It works great for skin and hair.

  6. For another male perspective – after my stroke I developed little old man hair: thin and gray. Of course it may have something to do with the fact that I am a little old man, but for many years my hair held out as the last vestige of my virile youth. Evidently after the stroke it gave up the effort and joined the elderly ranks with everything else.

  7. My hair grows like crazy on prenatal vitamins 🙂 I wish I would have told you sooner!

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