I haven't lost much hair for the past two weeks. I dare to say things are pretty much normal.
As far as the low ferritin goes...well that might have been something that was simply "overlooked". In August I did have a test done, but this time I did not bother picking up the results right away, because my doctor told me over the phone that everything is great, including my iron and ferritin...
I picked up my results in fall and immediately noticed that my ferritin level was only 25 and my iron levels at 60. A ferritin level of 25 is pretty damn low and can and WILL cause pretty severe hair loss.
Of course I don't know if that is the only reason, but all other levels tested were fine, no old problems had returned...
I am a little upset with myself for not being more careful and reviewing the results right away...but who would possibly think a doctor could overlook such low ferritin levels?
I started supplementing a bit over a month ago and within one week I saw a decrease in shedding and it then tapered off slowly. Technically that is a bit too fast to see a difference, but the same happened in pregnancy.
Why my ferritin is low, I don't know for sure. But, breastfeeding a 2 1/2 year old about every 2-4 hrs does take away some nutrients. So I really need to watch my nutrients a bit more than others.
I know from experience that I need adequate amounts of meat to keep my iron levels up...but often I eat less meat than planned. I was never much of a meat eater, before going Paleo I ate very little meat and although I have been liking meat much better since going Paleo, sometimes I do skip it when I know I shouldn't.
I prefer meat prepared certain ways that are rather time consuming (also raw meat recipes like steak tar tar)...but when you are mothering a toddler, time isn't something you always have...so often meat meals are replaced by bananas...:/
Other times we are unable to get quality meat too.
(Dec 2012/ Sept 13/ Oct 13/ Nov 13/ Jan 14 - you can see my ends look thinner and my hair also looks thinner overall down, that is why I consider to either maintain and trim, or to shorten my hair a bit again)
Since reaching tailbone length again, I have been trimming my ends, but a bit less than usual. So I guess my hair is actually more butt length than TBL now and not too far from classic length.
Here are 2 pics taken with my new camera for comparison.
(I just want to note that I like the highlights and subtle ombre effect that the sun has created on my natural hair color ^^, my winter growth seems very dark in comparison)
I am unsure whether I should keep growing or trim and maintain. I just lost a lot of hair, so I am thinking that trimming and maintaing for a bit might be wiser. But after maintaining for almost 3 years...I am getting a bit fed up with having my hair shorter because of hair loss crossing my plans over and over again. :P
Ah well, I will figure something out...