OPEN­ING UP ON POST­PAR­TUM DE­PRES­SION

Ev­ery­one has flaws, even stars. Celebrity mums share their ex­pe­ri­ences on the baby blues, writes SYAHIRAH MOKHTAZAR

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

CELEBRI­TIES are hu­mans, just like us; they have flaws and life strug­gles, too. Re­cently, model and tele­vi­sion host Chrissy Teigen, wife of award-win­ning singer John Leg­end, opened up about her strug­gles with post­par­tum de­pres­sion af­ter giv­ing birth to their daugh­ter, Luna, in April last year.

Teigen, 31, is known on Twit­ter for her com­i­cal sto­ries and anec­dotes about moth­er­hood, but she was se­ri­ous when she penned an ar­ti­cle for Glam­our mag­a­zine about the sad­ness and pain of the baby blues.

“I had ev­ery­thing I needed to be happy. But, yet, for most of last year, I felt un­happy,” she wrote.

“What ev­ery­one around me — ex­cept for me — knew up un­til De­cem­ber was this: I have post­par­tum de­pres­sion.

“How can I feel this way when ev­ery­thing is so great? I have had a hard time com­ing to terms with that, and I hes­i­tated to talk about this as ev­ery­thing be­comes such a ‘thing’.”

The ar­ti­cle went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia and Teigen was praised for her trans­parency in voic­ing out a topic most women shy away from.

Lo­cal artiste Yas­min Hani Richard­son, a mother of two, said she could re­late to the Teigen’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I ex­pe­ri­enced post­par­tum de­pres­sion af­ter giv­ing birth to my sec­ond child, Eissa Elzan­der Wong.

“I went through an emer­gency Caesarean sec­tion and no­ticed that my body changed right af­ter. My emo­tions went hay­wire.

“When I was preg­nant, my fa­ther died. I was going through a lot of com­mo­tion in my life.”

She said this at the launch of

Cerita-cerita Didi & Friends , an an­i­mated se­ries for chil­dren, at Sun­way Ve­loc­ity Mall in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

“I would break down in tears

when my hus­band went out for a meet­ing. I didn’t know why I was in such a state, but I had no control over it.

“I would ask my­self, why am I like this? Be­cause when it hits, I had no control,” Yas­min said.

She also has a son, Noah Is­mail, who will be turn­ing 4 this year.

An­other celebrity mother, Hanis Za­likha, who was also at the event, said for­tu­nately, she went through a breezy con­fine­ment pe­riod af­ter giv­ing birth to her son, Yusuf Iskan­dar, in June last year.

“I told my hus­band (ac­tor Hairul Azreen) that he had to be con­fined, too, while I un­dergo my con­fine­ment pe­riod.

“It is im­por­tant for hus­bands to be there and give emo­tional sup­port to their wives af­ter they (the wives) give birth.”

Hanis said aware­ness on post­par­tum de­pres­sion should be em­pha­sised on fathers-to-be so they would know what their wives were going through emo­tion­ally.

“Hus­bands should give their full at­ten­tion to their wives. Be sure to give them love, and tell them it’s going to be okay.

“The num­ber one pri­or­ity should be the mother, fol­lowed by the baby. If the mother isn’t okay, the baby won’t be okay,” Yas­min said.

The two celebri­ties en­cour­aged women not to shy away from talk­ing about the baby blues should they ex­pe­ri­ence it.

“Post­par­tum de­pres­sion should never be taken lightly. We don’t know what peo­ple go through be­hind closed doors. In worst case sce­nar­ios, some even kill their own child,” Yas­min said.

Cerita-cerita Didi & Friends is a new an­i­mated se­ries by Dig­i­tal Durian and Astro.

It fol­lows the adventures of Didi and his friends. For RM15.90, view­ers can watch the 20-episode show for five days in a row start­ing March 16 on Astro First (chan­nel 480).

Chrissy Teigen

Yas­min Hani Richard­son

Hanis Za­likha

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