I often find myself wondering, or even talking to other parents, about the fact that when it comes to being a parent there are actually quite a few “secrets” that you only talk about with other people who are “in the club”. There are certainly lots of facts about pregnancy and childbirth that never seem to be discussed with non-parents, or things that they never seem to mention during the classes that you all go to beforehand.
People always talk about women glowing in pregnancy, but my kids are now 7 and nearly 5 and I still seem to be waiting for that “glowing stage” to actually arrive. It just never happened for me. I felt much of my pregnancy feeling rather ill and like a bloated whale instead. There was one thing that I did notice though and that was that my hair changed when I was pregnant. It seemed to become much thicker and glossier and I actually remember being quite excited about the fact that for once I didn’t need to spend a fortune on different products to make it look good when loose.
What I wasn’t expecting though was quite how much that would change post pregnancy. When Master C was about 6 months old I came round from my sleep deprived stupor to realise that my hair was no longer as shiny and glossy as it once was. Instead it actually seemed to be falling out. In handfuls, every time I washed it or brushed it!
In a way I’m lucky, because I have quite thick hair and so even though handfuls were falling out every time I showered, it wasn’t actually that noticeable unless someone came and examined the shower plug hole. It’s now a natural thing to remove all the hair from my hairbrush on a daily basis. Four and a half years later it still seems to be coming out more than I remember it doing pre-kids, but that could well be down to my poor diet. The fact that it’s not that noticeable is probably down to the good hair genes that I inherited from my parents though.
My dad was a man always blessed with a full head of hair, and it was only chemo that led to his hair loss. My mum is now in her mid seventies and also still has a thick head of hair which luckily hasn’t thinned as many women’s do when they get older. It makes me hope that my kids will be blessed in a similar way.
Not everyone is so lucky though and I know many men who are quite sensitive about hair loss. Especially if they’re not blessed with the shape of head that suits the fully shaven or bald look. Luckily advances in science and technology mean that help is at hand nowadays. Men might want to take a look at the FUE hair transplant cost to help them decide if a hair transplant is the sort of thing they might want to consider. When you look at some of the case studies of men that have undergone hair transplant procedures the results are amazing, both in terms of the physical look, but also in terms of what it has done for their confidence levels too.
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