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.
Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week--it’s ok--I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!
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:
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.
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.
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.
This is me 5 months postpartum. I manage to wash my hair maybe twice a week, dry-shampoo is my best friend, I’m getting limited sleep, my belly is still flabby AF, my boobs are riddled with stretch-marks and if I’m completely honest I’m struggling to balance work and Mom life. It’s tough. The reason I’m sharing this? Because it’s an honest reflection of motherhood and my current life. My friend @thejolurie posted some pretty epic words and challenged us to post something authentic on #YouthDay. Why? Because people are literally killing themselves over #TheGramSham - a snapshot of a fabulous life we think we should have. Or how we should look. Don’t forget: Instagram is literally a snapshot. It’s not the full picture. Love yourself! You’re doing a great job.
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