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Major Hair loss in first trimester

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Hello! I am almost 8 weeks pregnant and have had some MAJOR hair loss the past week and a half. I lose about 400 plus hairs a day (yes i actually counted!). I read that most pregnant women grow long gorgeous hair and mine keeps falling out. Has anyone else had this problem? It is coming out in chunks and really starting to scare me! I am scared I am going to go bald!!!! HELP!
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replied November 4th, 2012
Hi Npell,
I'm experiencing the same thing and also itchy flaky scalp. My GP simply dismisses it as "part of being pregnant". I went to a famous hair centre near my home in central london who told me I've got genetic balding and should take minoxidil - which I know is toxic to the baby so obviously won't use it!! I've now made an appointment to see a dermatologist to see if I can get to the bottom of this problem as most of my scalp is clearly visible and I'm afraid I will be totally bald in another 3 months. Incidentally I got my iron levels and thyroid tested and it turns out my iron is overloaded, probably from the pregnacare supplements so I've switched to just folic acid. Sorry, not much help, but perhaps comforting to know you aren't alone.
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