Serena Williams And Other Celebrity Moms Who Battled Postpartum Depression
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Postpartum or post-natal depression is very common. It can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth.
Postpartum or post-natal depression affects 1 in 8 women, and our celebrities are no different. Here are five celebrity mothers who have opened up about their struggle with postpartum depression and are working to spread the awareness:
1. Serena Williams
A few months after Serena Williams took the bold step of talking about maternal mortality crisis and the health complications she faced after delivering her daughter, the 23 -time Grand Slam champion has opened up about an issue which in spite of not being uncommon isn’t spoken about much- postpartum depression. In Harper Bazaar UK’s July issue, Williams spoke about her struggle with postpartum depression after birthing her now 8-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia. “I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying ... because I wanted to be perfect for her,” she revealed. “Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it,” she told Harper Bazaar. She said that she feels postpartum phase is also part of pregnancy and calls it the ‘fourth trimester’. “I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester. It’s part of the pregnancy.”
Serena leaves no stone unturned when it comes to talking about women's struggles. When the tennis champ's catsuit garnered a lot of attention on social media, she again took that opportunity to talk about struggles of a new mother. "Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy - here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!” said Williams. She even said, "It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves."
2. Alyssa Milano
On the occasion of Mental Health Awareness Month, she penned an essay for TIME. In the essay, actress talked about how her pregnancy didn’t go as planned, the complications she faced after getting a C-section and how they lead to intense anxiety and postpartum depression. “That first night, after we returned from the hospital, I suffered my first anxiety attack. I felt like I had already disappointed my child,” wrote the actress. She also talked about the importance of taking help and spreading awareness about the condition. Alysaa ended her essay with an invitation, “And if you see me on the street, please come tell me that I am not alone.”
3. Alanis Morissette
“I’m used to being the rock of Gibraltar, I’m used to providing and protecting, and for postpartum times, I was devastated and it had me questioning my identity … it had me questioning everything,” said the American-Canadian singer in an interview with People. Though she emphasized the importance of taking a healthy diet, supplements, and medicines; she says that the most important thing is emotional support. “Even just sitting near my husband and leaning on him and hearing his heartbeat … it’s so healing,” she shared. She believes by telling her story, she’ll be able to help other moms going through postpartum depression.
4. Chrissy Teigen
“Getting out of bed to get to set [of Lip Sync Battle] on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me,” wrote the author and model in an essay featured in Glamour's April issue. Teigen told that there was a phase when she sequestered herself at home for days at a time. “When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know — I had every shade closed,” she said.
“I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me,” the Hello singer told Vanity Fair in 2016. She shared how she felt she wasn’t a ‘good mother’ and wasn’t adequate. “I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life,” she said.
If you feel you might be experiencing postpartum depression, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Also, adding these things to your lifestyle will make life a lot happier and healthier for you.