The day you give birth it’s such an amazing feeling and four days later when you come home, everyone congratulates you. And then half past 12 at night when the house is asleep and you’re the only one awake with your child and still trying to go to work, and feeding him again in the silence of the night- it’s a downward spiral. The first time around, I did go through postpartum depression that lasted 8 months. The second time around, I bounced back much faster because I knew what I was going through.
-Neha Dhupia told Filmfare
My vision of motherhood came from the glam world that I was from. But 9 months later, I weighed 105 kgs. And even as I held my gorgeous son, I didn’t feel happy; I slipped into postpartum depression.
-Sameera Reddy for Humans of Bombay
“When I had my first child, there was no postpartum depression…And right after (my second) delivery, I didn’t know what was going on. I was in a room filled with people and suddenly, I felt like crying. I sat quietly and very dull, low. And I have given birth to a beautiful baby girl again and it’s a very happy moment in my life and I didn’t know what’s going on.”
I went through postpartum depression. For one month after my son’s birth, I didn’t know what had hit me…One day I just burst into tears and told my husband that I couldn’t cope with all this…But then, I had been reading a lot about it, and I knew that it was perfectly normal and a lot of women faced it before me. So, I kept telling myself that it will pass, and now thankfully, it is all behind me.”
-Mandira Bedi told Times Of India
“A new mother goes through ups and downs, you get blues, you get depressed, you feel bad as everyone is going out to party and you’ve got to be at home. You can’t do certain things. I tried to remain balanced about it. But I’ve had breakdowns in the early weeks.”
-Soha Ali Khan told Filmfare
The first time around, you are breastfeeding and tired all the time…I also went through postpartum depression, though I bounced out of it in about two weeks.
-Shilpa Shetty Kundra told Mumbai Mirror
I suffered from postpartum depression. And it’s something that shouldn’t be labelled as extreme exhaustion…I felt that many times, so alone…I spoke to my therapist and gynaecologist, who helped me with certain coping mechanisms and medication…but just the mental load of going through this and not knowing if you are alone in it, is huge.
-Kalki Koechlin told Hindustan Times
When I got pregnant, I started to suffer from depression again. That’s what it felt like at the time. Unlike most to be mothers, I was not over the moon about the pregnancy; something ate at me. It sounds odd, but that’s how it was at the time. It happens. It happened to me. And when I checked online, I saw it happened to a lot of other women as well.
-Avantika Mohan on her Instagram
I was unwell with postnatal depression, which no one ever discusses. I received a great deal of treatment, but I knew in myself that actually what I needed was space and time to adapt to all the different roles that had come my way.
-Princess Diana told BBC
Giving, giving, giving, to a baby or a toddler, when they can’t even talk to you, your brain goes a bit mushy. You’re not stimulated very much. In that, I also got really quite bad postpartum depression. I think it was just not the pressure, but what kind of parent do you wanna be? No one wants to be like their own parents, no matter how great parents they were or not. You learn how to be a parent on the go.
-Adele told The Face
I couldn’t sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled.
-Courteney Cox told USA Today
I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand. It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”
-Drew Barrymore told People magazine
What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How can I feel this way when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with that, and I hesitated to even talk about this.
-Chrissy Teigen told Glamour
I thought I was going to avoid it (postpartum depression). When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’ But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders.
-Cardi B told Harper’s Bazaar