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The Post-Baby Change I Didn’t Expect


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.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

10 thoughts on “The Post-Baby Change I Didn’t Expect

  1. Did you have post delivery sweating? I would wake up during the night drenched! Or incontinence? That’s fun!
    wear-and-tear and all, it’s worth it : )

  2. It’s rough being a mom, in so many ways… I’ve had a slew of skin conditions after my 2nd child (psoriasis and eczema). Some of it must be stress induced I’m sure.

    Have you tried adding a few drops of tea-tree oil to your shampoo? I read it helps. Look it up…

  3. So many changes! I don’t remember what its like to not be pregnant or breastfeeding!

  4. I didn’t ever have dandruff, but the list of changes I experienced is long! Sad thing is, many of them never go away. Ah, the joys of motherhood.

  5. During my third pregnancy I got ridiculous dry scalp. I had never had anything like it before so at first I didn’t even know what it was! Fast forward 15 months after he is born and I still occassionally get it. Apparently, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!! I recently started a blog of you’d like to check it out –

  6. Pingback: A Good Hair Day | This Mumma's Style

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