Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee has for the first time opened up about her postpartum journey. Vanessa who welcomed her 1st child with fiancé Rotimi 6 months ago has said that postpartum depression has been taking a toll on her despite the support she is getting from her partner.
The first-time mum addressed her fans on Instagram with a video stating how she’s trying to handle it. “A lot of people don’t know the struggles of postpartum depression and what it is like being a new mum. They don’t know that I have had my struggles with depression. I think it is something that needs to be talked about more. Even if you have the great support of an amazing partner, I wanna share my journey with you,” an emotional Vanessa Mdee shared.
She has also been posting videos of herself trying to soothe her baby and put him to sleep in the middle of the night.
Postpartum depression also known as PPD occurs after childbirth. Those who develop postpartum depression are at greater risk of developing major depression later on in life. Symptoms might include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty bonding with the baby. Treatment can include counselling, antidepressants or hormone therapy.
Most women feel shy talking about it because of the embarrassment that comes with it but most celebrities are now opening about it and creating awareness to help new mums in overcoming it.