Married At First Sight star Jamie Otis speaks out about postpartum hair loss and how it’s affected her ‘physically, mentally & emotionally’
Jamie Otis is opening up about her postpartum struggles.
On Wednesday, the Married At First Sight alum took to Instagram and showed her ‘next-level’ postpartum hair loss in a make-up-free selfie video.
‘Here I am completely raw & bare— & balding. I have no makeup, no filter & you can totally see my BALD spots. I have so much hair loss,’ the 34-year-old confessed in the caption.
Open book: Jamie Otis, 33, went public with her postpartum struggles, that include hair loss and depression, on Instagram on Wednesday
In the video, Otis, who gave birth to her son Hendrix in May, moved her hand through her hair to show thinning areas.
She went on to reveal how ‘postpartum has rocked me to my core, affecting me physically, mentally, & emotionally,’ but added that she working hard each and every day to healing her body both inside and out.
The New York Native, who’s also the mother of three-year-old daughter Henley, went on to explain why she waited months to reveal her condition to her 665,000 fans and followers.
‘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.’
Reality world: Otis and and husband Doug Hehner met during season one of Married At First Sight in 2014
Keeping a brave face: The reality star, who’s also a registered nurse, moved her hand through her hair to show thinning areas in a selfie video
Open book: The New York native shared about how postpartum has affecting her physically, mentally and emotionally in her lengthy statement
‘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,’ she wrote before adding how she still feels “so blessed in every way’ in her family life.
‘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. I don’t want you to think I’ve got all my sh!t together all the time bc there are definitely days when I don’t,’ the registered nurse explained.
‘But today I feel good! I’m not letting the hair loss get to me. I’m embracing my freckles & blemishes.’
Otis wrapped up her lengthy confession by pointing out how body positivity and body acceptance isn’t a ‘a ‘flip the switch and it’s turned on kinda thing. It’s an on-going personal journey.’
Common: According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, noticeable hair loss is completely normal for postpartum women a few months after giving birth
Her inner battle; Otis has struggled with postpartum issues since giving birth to her son Hendrix in May 2020
Heartbreak: Otis suffered two miscarriages in between giving birth to her daughter Henley (pictured) and son Hendrix
‘Last thing I wanna say – if you have bald spots and want a quick fix I def recommend dark dry shampoo! It works wonders!’
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, noticeable hair loss is completely normal for postpartum women a few months after giving birth. The excessive shedding, which is only temporary, is caused by falling estrogen levels.
Most women will see their hair return normal fullness by their child’s first birthday, or sometimes even sooner.
Otis suffered the heartbreak of two miscarriages in between giving birth to her daughter and son beginning in 2017.
Her other career: Along with being a reality show veteran, Otis is also a registered nurse: she is pictured in March 2019, about 14 months before giving birth to her son