Serena Williams & other celebs who shared their postpartum depression stories

Yesterday, Serena Williams took to social media in an emotional Instagram post to talk about postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. 

The tennis ace revealed how following the birth of her child, she had suffered from days where she didn't feel like she was a good mother.

However, Serena is not alone at the hands of this condition which affects many women, resulting in a form of severe clinical depression occurring after childbirth. 

According to online health site Web MD, postpartum depression occurs in the first year of your baby's life and is most commonly felt within the first three weeks after childbirth. 

Here are four other celebrity moms who shared their stories:

Chrissy Teigen

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The model shared her story on Glamour online. She suffered from PPD after her first baby Luna in 2017. 

In a moving piece she touches on how following the birth, something in her changed. "I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy" she said.    

Teigen gave birth to a baby boy earlier this year and seems to be loving motherhood the second time around.

Aisha Baker

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Popular blogger and wife of Proteas cricketer, Wayne Parnell, Aisha Baker, gave birth to baby boy Khalid in May this year. Instagram is where she revealed the news. Based on her stories and highlights the blogger had all the feels about her post-baby body and getting back into the gym would help ease her stress. Two months in Baker is still struggling with PPD but has high hopes of overcoming it soon.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion with her twin boys
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Canadian singer Celine Dion who gave birth to twins at the age of 42 in 2011 also spoke out about suffering from postpartum depression and the struggles that come with it. As mentioned by Hollywood Life she revealed her story 10 weeks later to French magazine GALA. She said that they were a tremendous joy to her and was grateful for all the help she received from family members. 

Roxy Burger

How do I Look? presenter Roxy Burger also took to the gram in an emotional tell-all post describing exactly how she feels about her appearance, work and motherhood. At the end of the post she touches on the notion of self-love. Burger's baby Adrienne suffers from congenital hypothyroidism. She was born without a thyroid gland & was diagnosed with CH on day two of her life. 

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include: 

  • Sadness, loss of hope, despair
  • Feeling unable to care for your baby or do basic chores
  • Crying a lot, sometimes for no real reason
  • Trouble feeling close to your baby, or “bonding”
  • Less interest in food, sex, self-care and other things you used to enjoy
  • Too much sleep
  • Trouble with focus, learning, or memory

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms and need help, you can contact the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (sadag.org) for more advice

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