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October 24th, 2010

This is week 25 of my second and last pregnancy, and since this gestation began I’ve been shedding a much higher than normal amount of hair. After a couple months I mentioned it to my OB who assured me that my thyroid was fine and the inordinate hair loss was probably the result of shedding cycles synchronizing.

Many months later, I’m now even more concerned because the trend hasn’t reversed. When I was pregnant with my first, I think maybe I had to clean out my hairbrush once or twice during the entire nine months. Had the usual large “catch-up” amount of hair loss postpartum that I was expecting, but this pregnancy is different.

Not only am I shedding a ton of hair from my previously thick mane, but for the first time in my entire life I can get away with shaving maybe once every week or two instead of every few days. Let’s not even speak about the devastation happening to my eyelashes, because I might burst into tears. Tried researching online to discern what could be causing this abnormality, but came up empty.

So, unless I can figure out what this is all about, I’ll probably be bald by the time February or March rolls around and the crazy postpartum shedding hits. I know it’s just hair and I’m probably being vain, but this is seriously starting to stress me out… Which will probably only contribute to the problem.

Read on for Day 12 of 30 Days of Truth
Something I Never Receive Compliments About

This topic is a great opportunity to delve into some of my less savory character traits. For example, nobody compliments me on my statuesque height. I’m all of five feet one and a half inches short. What else? Uh, nobody gushes over how comfortable I am during social events. Probably because I’m busy finding a way to blend in with the walls.

But there is a positive trait which I happen to display fairly frequently, but which others often do not find palatable: OPENNESS.

I have a hard time understanding why people choose to be so guarded. Although I don’t go around dumping on people every chance I get, I am committed to answering truthfully, transparently, and thoroughly when someone makes an inquiry. I’m usually happy to give of myself in this way, even though it often means risking criticism and sometimes disdain.

It amazes me how often people don’t want an honest answer. You can see it when it happens. They dig deeper with their questions, but then when they hit uncomfortable territory, you can feel the moment when they wish they hadn’t gone there. They’re compelled to keep prodding until they get there, then turn on you once they reach that point. Humans are so strange.

I don’t see the point of communicating unless it’s with openness. First of all, your nonverbal cues are going to give you away should you even attempt to be evasive. Then, subconsciously, people know not to trust you. Is that the reputation you’re trying to achieve? Trying to ride the fine line between social acceptability and honesty is a losing battle. You’re better off taking the plunge and laying it all out there when called upon for answers.

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.”
Mother Teresa

Entry Filed under: Completely Girlie,The Black Hole

1 Comment

  • 1. soapbox.SUPERSTAR  |  October 25th, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Ever since having kids – I go through shedding periods that I never experienced prior to the kids. I mean I lose so much hair a day it is ridiculous. Ponytail holders that I used to only be able to wrap 2 maybe 3 times, I can now wrap 4 times. Nadine told me to use Nioxin products during those times to slow it down and it actually worked. She got me a 3-product kit, shampoo, conditioner and some leave-in stuff. It is salon-grade stuff and worked really well!



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