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Mena Suvari reveals ongoing battle with postpartum depression: ‘I went crazy’


Mena Suvari is unfolding about the ups and downs — and the ups and downs — of motherhood.

More than a year and a half after giving birth to a son Christopher, the 43-year-old woman details the postpartum depression that has been and continues to suffer for her. In the Sunday installment of Rachel Bilson‘S broad idea podcasts, the American cake alum admits to being tired of “sugaring” the impact of childbirth on one’s mental health, revealing:

“I struggled with postpartum [depression] Daily. I’m getting my hormones checked next month, so it’s all very real. I deal with this every day.

We appreciate how willing she is to keep things real.

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Mena and her husband Michael hopeswhom she married in 2018, welcomed their baby boy last April in a less than ideal birth… The Spices star explained after almost 48 hours (!!!!), “they had to have an epidural again,” the couple were forced to abandon their plan to give birth naturally under water at home. Instead, she had to have a caesarean section. She admits it still bothers her:

“I still have to endure it, and I enjoy those feelings. We’re moms who enjoy those emotions and just because I have a perfectly healthy beautiful baby, my husband is amazing and we’re out of the hospital, I still feel like I’m allowed to keep some space. to be sad. there was that birth.”

She continued:

“I just wanted to make that area a little bit bigger for everyone. Because it’s not fair to just say, ‘But you’re fine, aren’t you? But you didn’t die? But is your baby okay?”

In general, however, the American beauty the actress is very fond of pregnancy, note:

“I had a great pregnancy, everything was great. I feel very fortunate for all of that.”

However, as a mother, finding the balance between being with her young son and giving herself the necessary time alone can be challenging. Mena recalls in one particular case:

“I remember sitting on the balcony and saying, ‘I have to get out of the house. I have to get out of the house.’ My husband, he said, ‘You can go. You can go for a walk.’ But I don’t think I can.”

She added:

I went crazy. I was like, ‘I have to do something for myself but I can’t go.’ I had to study [to let go].”

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Achieving that balance is an ongoing challenge. When she said:

“I still struggle with that. I don’t need to be in [my son’s] face 24/7 to raise a good being because of my fear. That’s a lot of work.

She later admitted to “wishing” she didn’t have those feelings, but overall noted:

“I feel really lucky, and it’s wild. It really feels like the most important thing I’m going to do in my life. Like, nothing else matters. Things just change in your life. He will come first.”

Motherhood has a lot of ups and downs, but we’re happy to see Mena settle down and not give up, no matter how badly her postpartum depression affects her. Strong mother! And sharing about it on a podcast certainly helps others too!

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[Image via Mena Suvari/Instagram.]

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