There are loads of transformations that happen to your body when you give birth to a child. There are the constantly talked-about ones, like the stretch marks and the after-baby belly bump. (Say that ten times fast.) There are also the hormonal ones, like having different skin and hair. I know that my own mother had straight hair before she had kids, now you can find her in a crowd by her trademark blond waves. I have also talked with many other Moms about the annoyance of constant shedding that takes place, continuing even into the child’s toddlerhood, and clogging the drain on a daily basis.
I knew about all of these things and braced myself for them. The one thing no one told me could happen, and that I did not prepare for, was dandruff. Ick. Before having a child, I had never experienced this. Now, thanks to the hormonal changes I have gone through, I am one of the itchy, scratchy, and flaky.
I have changed shampoos, cut back on hair washing, avoided styling product. I have even tried the special shampoos, with no luck. A quick google search reveals that this is mainly considered a teenager to young-adult issue. Ha! Continued searching finally revealed that I am not the only Mom out there to experience this unfortunate change to the scalp, and it seems like no one is quite sure why. I suppose it can be chalked up to the power of hormones?
Why am I writing about this? Because no one told me about it. Even if they had told me, I suppose it wouldn’t have mattered much at the time. I know it is just dandruff. Not a big deal. Except it is just nice when you know other Moms are having the same odd changes that you are, you know?
Just one more thing on the mega checklist of post-baby body changes.