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Postpartum Problems: Thinning hair

5 natural solutions for your problematic postpartum hair.

Postpartum Problems: Thinning hair

During pregnancy, placental estrogen surges can make your hair grow thicker. Bonus! That is until three months into being a mom when the hormones start to normalise and all that new hair tends to fall out, leaving you with very fine, often lackluster hair. All this at a time when styling is a distant memory. Annoyingly, you can’t stop this natural shedding process, and worst of all, your hair can become really lank and greasy if you try loading up with products.

Here’s 5 ways to make the most of your natural hair with natural products:

1. DIET. Postnatal supplements and a balanced diet will go some way towards boosting your hair (fill your plate with zinc; pulses; green, leafy vegetables; avocado; nuts; seeds; and coconut oil), but really you’ve got to bide your time, and indulge in a little smoke-and-mirrors action.

2. HAIRDRESSER. There are two things that will help your lackluster hair: a good cut and some fine highlights. The cut will lop off any split ends which only serve to make hair look even thinner, and a little color will swell the hair at the root, making it appear more voluminous. Don’t go crazy with color – having super-fine highlights will keep it fairly low maintenance, whereas a block colour will require at least six-weekly appointments for the foreseeable future!

3. SHAMPOO. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo ($27) definitely boosts your roots; it’s almost as if it swells each hair, so that with a barrel brush, you can create a gentle lift. The consistency might be a little surprising at first – it’s very light and doesn’t lather – but the scent will win you over moments later.

4. CONDITIONER. It’s worth cutting out any conditioners that contain artificial silicones to add shine as they leave a heavy deposit on the hair, weighing it down and encouraging that greasy texture to develop. My favorites are Nine Naturals Citrus & Mint Nourishing Pregnancy Conditioner ($20) and Rahua Voluminous Conditioner ($34). And don’t apply conditioner to your roots. EVER!

5. STYLING. Keep it very simple. Before you dry your hair, tip your head upside down and spray a little Original & Mineral Atonic Thickening Spritz ($26) sparingly across your crown and throughout the length. It’s not sticky or stick-in-your-throat smelly like some styling sprays, but it will protect your hair from heat damage and add a bit of oomph to fine locks.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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