Jordin Sparks welcomed her and husband Dana Isaiah’s son, Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., last year. The celebrity mom tells Us Weekly exclusively about her experience in the months that followed her son’s arrival.
“Everybody knows about what postpartum depression is,” Jordin shares. “But there’s this thing called the fourth trimester, which happens after you have your baby,” the celebrity mom adds. “It’s dealing with everything that happens with your body. Your body goes and changes, your hormones are absolutely insane.”
Jordin Sparks further explains, “You’re dealing with this baby and then something doesn’t go right. … We’ve got tons of people to hold the baby, but who holds us? Who holds us together? Who helps us get through all that stuff? Obviously, people in your family who knows what you’ve been through and had kids before, but sometimes it feels hard to reach out because you’re like, ‘How do I feel so lonely when this amazing thing just happened?'”
Jordin’s post-partum depression appears to be similar to what RHOA alum Kenya Moore experienced during her pregnancy. The celebrity mom recently told the co-hosts of ESSENCE’s Sister Circle about the feelings of depression that took her by surprise when she was expecting her daughter, Brooklyn Daly.
“When I was pregnant, I didn’t realize that I would actually go through depression,” Moore revealed. “I think in the beginning, I thought, ‘I finally got everything that I wanted.’ Here I am. The baby is kind of out of the zone where they say it’s not safe or may not survive. And I thought, ‘I should be happy. I should be like, celebrating every day and just having so much fun being a great pregnant woman.’ And I was so depressed at first. I never expected that. I never saw that coming.”
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Both Jordin Sparks and Kenya Moore attributed their feelings of despair to hormonal imbalance. Still, there are many women who do not understand that depression is a normal process both during and after pregnancy. Failing to seek treatment for prenatal depression could lead to premature births, according to the March of Dimes website.
You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression both during and after pregnancy here!
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