HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Young celebrity mothers are coming forward to share their emotional rollercoaster rides with postpartum depression, a condition that could be deadly if not checked, such as with the Andrea Yates case.
Rapper Cardi B revealed she was struggling with postpartum emotions after having her first baby.
Several articles state that postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with.
Birthfit Houston regional director Leah Barto and Anya Willoughby from the National Black Doulas Association discuss the matter with Isiah Carey.
Serena Williams says she's been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are "totally normal."
The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons.
"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," Williams said in an Instagram post on Monday.
"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."
The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.
"It's totally normal to feel like I'm not doing enough for my baby," she added. "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."
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