Once upon a time I had a thick, beautiful head of hair, gorgeous nails, and baby-smooth skin without a blemish in sight. Yeah, that was just last week. Then my baby turned 12 weeks old, and I exited “the 4th trimester;” officially losing that pregnancy glow.
I woke up this week to clumps of hair falling out (sorry in advance to my husband who will probably be snaking the drains in the near future!). As if seeing male-pattern baldness on my 20-something-year-old head wasn’t traumatizing enough, I started breaking out like a teenager, and my nails began falling apart. WTF?!
Now I can’t say that this is a surprise to me. The exact same thing happened to me three years ago, after I had my son. But, for some reason, I thought I’d get lucky this time. I mean everything about this pregnancy and baby have been different than my first. Everything but this. Isn’t there an old wives’ tale about baby girls taking beauty away from their mothers? I think there may be some truth to this tale!
Now I know my hair is going to grow back. I know this isn’t going to last forever. But I can’t help feeling, well…ugly.
What can I do to make this stage of motherhood not so awful? Well, for starters, I can count my blessings. I have two gorgeous, healthy children. And if we’re being completely honest, people are probably paying much less attention to my receding hairline than they are to my adorable babies. I also have a roof over my head, food in my belly, and a wonderful husband who makes that all possible. And, I’m going on vacation next week! So when I look at the big picture of my life, a little balding isn’t so bad. I’m a big girl. I can handle it. I just hope it grows back…