Married at First Sight star Jamie Otis recently welcomed her son, Hendrix Douglas, 5 months, and got candid about her post-pregnancy hair loss. The reality star posted a video on Instagram last week showing off her “bald spots” and writing, “My postpartum hair loss is next level.”
If you’ve had a baby, you’ve probably experienced some unexpected side effects of pregnancy, some of which can be downright shocking. Between your not-yet-shrunk uterus and unexpected hair loss, postpartum bodies can be tough to deal with.
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She admitted that “something like this used to get me all sorts of depressed [but] not anymore,” in the make-up free video.
“Here I am completely raw & bare – & balding,” she continued in the caption. “I have no makeup, no filter & you can totally see my BALD spots.”
“Postpartum has rocked me to my core, affecting me physically, mentally, & emotionally,” the mom of two admitted. “BUT, every day I am working towards healing my whole body from the inside, out.”
Otis is also mom to Henley “Gracie” Grace, 3, with husband Doug Hehner.
The former reality TV star was candid about the fact that she initially felt uncomfortable with talking about her hair loss. “I haven’t talked too much about it bc if I mention it I fear people will think I’m just looking for pity or worse, that I’m not thankful for the amazing babies I have.”
“I know I’m so lucky to be a mommy! We tried and tried and tried for SO long to get these beautiful babies & I’m so thankful!,” she continued. “But that’s the thing about depression — you can’t talk yourself out of it, you can’t put makeup on and instantly feel better, you can’t even spray dry shampoo on your bald spots and expect the sadness that you buried to stay down.”
At the end of the post, Otis said she’s feeling good today, but knows the feeling good about your body is an on-going process.
“Body positivity & body acceptance is not a “flip the switch and it’s turned on” kinda thing. It’s an an-going personal journey,” the mom of two said.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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