Saturday 20 January 2018

Ivanka Trump reveals experience with postpartum depression

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Ivanka Trump attends the event "A Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking" on September 19, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with son Joseph, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner (L), senior White House adviser, and daughter Arabella (2nd L), as the walk from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump with her husband Jared Kushner and their children arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend with President Donald Trump in Bedminster, September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, departs United Nations headquarters after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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The daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (R) and her husband White House senior advisor Jared Kushner make their wave from Air Force One to Marina One upon arrival at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with son Joseph, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner (L), senior White House adviser, and daughter Arabella (2nd L), as the walk from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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Ivanka Trump has revealed she experienced "some level of postpartum depression" after all three of her pregnancies.

The US First Daughter, who holds an unofficial advisory role in the White House under her father president Donald Trump, has three children with husband Jared Kushner - Arabella (six), Joseph (three) and Theodore (one). And she said that she experienced feelings of inadequacy and distress after giving birth in an interview with tv's Dr Oz.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with son Joseph, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner (L), senior White House adviser, and daughter Arabella (2nd L), as the walk from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with son Joseph, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner (L), senior White House adviser, and daughter Arabella (2nd L), as the walk from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

When asked what made her feel now was the right time to talk, she said: "Well, I didn't know that I was [ready]! But you asked me a question and it's incredibly important. Look, I consider myself a very hard-charging person. I am ambitious, I'm passionate, I'm driven. But this is something that affects parents all over the country."

Ivanka didn't go into detail about her feelings, but the entire episode airs on Thursday so it's possibly she elaborates more on the issue then. In the interview, she noted the "juxtaposition" of her "easy" pregnancies in comparison to the experience immediately afterwards.

"I had such easy pregnancies that in some ways the juxtaposition hit me even harder. It was a very challenging, emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent," she explained.

A number of celebrities have come out to detail their experiences in recent months, with Chrissy Teigen speaking candidly on the topic after the birth of her daughter Luna (one).

Model Chrissy Teigen attends WGN America's
Model Chrissy Teigen attends WGN America's "Underground" Season Two Premiere Screening at Regency Village Theatre on March 1, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for WGN America)

"When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside," she wrote in a candid essay for Glamour earlier this year. "I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know? I had every shade closed. Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed.

"John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying."

"I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do."

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