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When I was pregnant with my first baby, I didn’t get any of those amazing pregnancy perks i.e. thick hair and a pregnancy glow (I had thin hair and the worst acne!).  However, when I was pregnant with the girls, I had all the wonderful benefits of pregnancy. My hair was full thick and shiny and my skin felt better than ever. However, 3 months after the birth of Wesleigh, (second baby) my hair started to fall out in fist fulls. Not just here and there, but actually clogging up the drain every other day.  I started to get really upset and concerned about it. After a few weeks of this, I paid a visit to my doctor. Here is what I learned…

First of all, if your hair is falling out from all over your head, and not in just one spot then you are o.k., it’s totally normal. Here is the gist…

“Normally, the average head loses 100 hairs a day — but not all at once, so you don’t notice them. Your pregnancy hormones keep those hairs from falling out (which is why your hair looks as lush as a supermodel’s, or is so thick you can barely get a brush through it). But all good things must come to an end, and that includes your awesome new ‘do. When those hormones drop back to normal, the extra hairs drop, too.” You can read more on What to Expect.

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It’s truly amazing what the human body can do, especially a woman’s body! This is just one of the ways our body goes back to “normal” after we give birth. It’s nothing to worry about, it does go away, but I know from experience it can completely freak you out. You can’t prevent postpartum hair loss, but here are some tips to help you minimize it as much as possible. Oh and stay sane…

1. Don’t Shampoo Every Day: Let’s face it with 3 kids I don’t have time anyways! The less scrubbing and tugging you do on your roots, the more likely you won’t be pulling on the hair that isn’t ready to fall out.

2. Bring Scrunchies Back: Bring back the 90’s and go buy your self some scrunchies to tie your hair back at night. Elastics can pull and tug at your hair.

3. Deep Condition: Twice a week treat your hair to a deep conditioning mask to keep the hair healthy and hydrated.

4. Take your Vitamins: Keep taking your prenatal vitamins to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need to keep your hair growing strong.

5. Use a Comb: When you get out of the shower don’t brush and pull on tangles. Use a wide tooth comb and brush gently.

6. Avoid Heat Styling: Try to keep heat styling to a minimum until the shedding stops. Heat tools can fry your hair and cause strands to come loose.

7. Schedule a Trim: I let my hair grow as long as I can during pregnancy and then schedule a healthy trim once it starts to fall out. It makes my hair seem more full after it starts to fall out.

8. Take a Hot bath and Don’t Stress: This is the MOST important. Try not to stress, the shedding should stop around 6 months post-baby. However, a nice hot bath to calm the nerves is always a “do”.

Did you have postpartum hair loss? I seem to have only had it after the girls but not with my little guy. I would love to know your story, please feel free to share below!

photos by Brumely and Wells

Categories: Lifestyle, Baby, Maternity, Mama
Posted on March 1, 2016

La Petite Peach_ 9 Life changing morning rituals

Since our sweet baby Wren made her appearance last month, I have been SO off with my morning routine. I was on such an amazing kickgetting up early before the kids and having some zen time before the day. Now I peel myself out of bed at the last possible minute, chug a coffee and hustle, hustle all day long which leaves me wanting to pass out at 8 pm. It’s not just my energy that has been sluggish, my skin and hair are looking lifeless as well. After sitting down for a rare moment the other day when the girls were sleeping, I thought about how I can go back to those peaceful mornings. Here are my best tips for close-to-perfect morning rituals.

1. Rise Earlier: I talk about this a ton. It stinks when you’re too tired to get up even earlier, but it’s the only way to get in some “me time.” Getting up before the chaos of a long day to have a few peaceful moments is the most relaxing way to get started. I used to get up an entire 30 minutes before the kids do! You can get so much done with 30 minutes of kid-free time.

2. Water with Lemon: I keep water next to my bed at night, that way I can just reach over and drink it when first waking up. Having a sip of lemon water to start the day is supposed to clear out the toxins and flush the system. A healthy morning ritual that is so easy to do.

3. Stretch it Out: Before climbing out of bed, give your body a good stretch for least a minute. Stretch out your legs, arms and mid-section to get the blood circulating.

4. Shower: Since #3 arrived, I barely have time to shower in the morning. Instead I take a mid-day, rushed shower while the baby naps. Getting up earlier ensures that I  will have time for a long and relaxing shower. This makes me feel awake and alive after being up all night. Lately, I have been putting on some music and lighting a candle, similar to what I would do if I have time for a bath!

5. Treat Yourself: Before the baby, I would do a little coffee in the morning, but alternate with tea the next day so that I wouldn’t be drinking so much caffeine. But now I say who cares, I’m tired! I am going to treat myself to a coffee and even a latte if I can. Life is short, treat yourself!

6. Have a Gratitude Mantra: For the first few seconds after my alarm goes off in the morning, I sit in bed and think about what I need to do for the day. Instead of being stressed out about everything I have to accomplish, I am going to set a positive mantra. There is so much to be thankful for lately, and it’s time to start recognizing it! Here is mine for this week:

“I know I am tired but I am not going to let it get to me. I am going to get up, treat myself to a nice hot coffee and a long shower. I am going to be grateful that I get to spend the day with my sweet children who love me and are healthy and strong. I am going to put my best foot forward to be present with them today”

Let’s continue the conversation…what are your morning rituals? Comment below or head over to Instagram and comment there!

*Picture by Rachel Castillero from the Fox and the Sparrow.

 

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I thought that, after the holiday hustle, my stress level would naturally reduce. It turns out going from two to three kids has my head spinning, and I realized I will have to make more of a conscious effort to de-stress. I sat down to think about what I can do to be more proactive, and here’s what I came up with. However, I would love to hear what you do to alleviate your stress!

  1. 20 Minutes of Quiet: Take 20 minutes at the beginning of your day, while the house is still quiet, to sit and relax. Take deep breaths and even meditate if you have time.
  2. Unplug: Shut down all your devices and turn the TV off. Start your day without technology to keep your mind clear and rested.
  3. Cup of Tea: I love coffee, it’s my guilty pleasure. But once a week I have a cup of tea in the morning. Herbal teas have a calming effect, and it’s a great way to de-stress.
  4. Stretch It Out: Doing a short yoga practice clears your mind and relieves tension. I love this practice you can do from your desk.
  5. Pamper Yourself: Lying down with a good book and a face mask at the end of a stressful day is amazing. This honey mask is my favorite.

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