Reality star reveals dramatic postpartum hair loss five months after giving birth to son

Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram 

Pregnancy and birth can do some strange and surprising things to a woman's body.

One minute there's that enviable, voluminous pregnancy hair - the next, it's falling out in clumps.

It's something reality star Jamie Otis got real about when she showed off her dramatic postpartum hair loss, five months after giving birth to son Hendrix.

The Married at First Sight (US version) shared a video of her rapidly thinning hair to Instagram, revealing the toll the postpartum stage has taken on her once bouncy locks.

In the clip, Otis shows her visibly spare hairline and jokes that a dark shade of dry shampoo did wonders for covering up bald spots.

"Here I am completely raw and bare — and balding," she captioned the video.

"I have no makeup, no filter and you can totally see my BALD spots."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Postpartum hair loss is common and completely normal for new mums in the months after giving birth, and generally settles down within six months, but can last as long as a year.

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It's largely caused by the shift in hormones after birth and while most women will experience a light shedding, for some women – like Otis, it can be severe.

Otis also shared her struggles with postpartum depression, saying it had 'rocked me to my core' and affected her physically, mentally and emotionally.

"I feel like I'm a different person than I was before I had my son. I've had days where I've been bed-ridden, too depressed to get up. My daughter says, 'mommy woke up!' when I crawl out of bed in the afternoon."

Also mum to daughter, Henley, three, Otis said there were many days she felt overwhelmed, lethargic and stressed, but was unable to pinpoint why.

"The only reason I am sharing all of this is because I don't want to be a fraud and post this video where I seem completely happy with my lack of hair and makeup free face," she said.

"I don't want you to think I've got all my sh*t together all the time because there are definitely days when I don't. But today I feel good! I'm not letting the hair loss get to me. I'm embracing my freckles and blemishes. Tomorrow, who knows!"