Friday 9 December 2016

Una Healy reveals she was prescribed antidepressants for doing 'too much, too soon' after giving birth to son

Published 19/11/2016 | 15:29

Una Healy arrives for the World premiere of
Una Healy arrives for the World premiere of "Bridget Jones's Baby" at Odeon Leicester Square on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Una Foden and Rachel Stevens on the set of RTÉ's 'The Voice of Ireland' which was commissioned by Bill Malone Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Una Healy and Ben Foden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Class act: Una with her fellow Voice judges.
Una Healy and husband Ben with children Aoife and Tadhg
Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram
Una Healy with Aoife Belle.
Una Foden attends the "Bridget Jones's Baby" world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Una Healy has revealed she was prescribed antidepressants after giving birth to her soon Tadhg for doing "too much, too soon".

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The Saturdays singer welcomed her youngest son in February of last year and said she was feeling "exhausted and overwhelmed" having returned to work soon after his birth.

Just weeks after welcoming the new arrival, Healy, who is married to rugby player Ben Foden, was back as a judge on The Voice of Ireland.

"I was doing too much, too soon and even though I loved my time on The Voice, beneath it all, I was struggling," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You magazine.

Class act: Una with her fellow Voice judges.
Class act: Una with her fellow Voice judges.

"For any woman to go back to work that soon is hard, but in this industry when there's an opportunity, it's difficult to pass it up. I wasn't feeling myself, I was exhausted and overwhelmed".

She went to her GP to explain her symptoms and she was prescribed antidepressants, which she said made her feel numb.

"I went on them for a bit and actually felt worse," she explained. "I didn't feel happy or sad, I just felt numb. I didn't like that at all.

"I had never needed that help before - I suffer a little from anxiety because I'm passionate and I worry about stuff, but I'd never felt depressed."

Una Healy and husband Ben with children Aoife and Tadhg
Una Healy and husband Ben with children Aoife and Tadhg

She is now preparing for the release of her debut solo album The Waiting Game, which she recorded largely in the home of country music - Nashville, Tennessee.

Una Healy and Ben Foden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Una Healy and Ben Foden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016

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