It’s been over a year since the birth of Priya Jai, our ‘pandemic baby’ and somedays it feels like the longest year of my life, and other days I can’t believe she’s already fourteen months old. Over the last year I’ve been lucky to share our story of pregnancy during Covid-19 and giving birth on the brink of a world wide shut down. As strong mamas do, I tend to brush the experience off by praising how far we’ve come and how the pandemic is almost in the rear view. I think that’s the best we can do. But it wasn’t that easy and honestly it shouldn’t be brushed it off, because quite frankly, women don’t talk about post-partum as much as we should.
It seems to me that March is always a hectic time in our home. Especially around the girl’s birthdays. Mila especially. On her first birthday we had just bought our home. Her second birthday I had just gotten home from Australia but managed to pull off her party. Her third birthday I had just gotten home from the hospital with her baby sister Priya (born 4 days before her birthday) also during covid. And this year, both Mario and I were in the middle of huge career transitions, in fact it was my first day of work at my new job that week.
During both my postpartum experiences I suffered severe hair loss. The worst of it is usually after I stopped breastfeeding. It’s dreadful and seems like forever. After Priya was born a childhood friend of mine launched her own hair care line, Asna Oil, which seemed like perfect timing.
Indians SWEAR by Amla oil. I remember my mom used to use Dabur Amla Oil (the one in the green box) in my hair when I was a young girl. I would lay my head on her lap and she would massage the oil into my scalp, then braided my hair until I washed it. It’s a memory I will have forever.
If Amla oil isn’t your thing, keep reading as I give an alternative below.