Emily Andre has laid bare the brutal reality of going through motherhood as she shares an unseen picture.
The doctor and mum-of-two took to her Instagram page to talk about Maternal Mental Health Awareness week, which she said is a topic “extremely close” to her heart.
Posting a photo of her with her youngest child, Theo, in an Eeyore outfit, the doctor said she is “raising awareness about mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy”.
She explained that the photo came from Millie’s third birthday, who is her eldest child with Peter Andre.
At the time Theo was around six weeks old as he dressed up for a Winnie the Pooh themed birthday party.
Alongside the snap, Emily wrote: “I wanted to take the opportunity to mark the end of Maternal Mental Health Awareness week. A topic extremely close to my heart, it is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy.
“I wanted to share this picture, taken on Millie’s 3rd birthday. My gorgeous little Theo was around 6 weeks old – dressed as Eeyore for Millie’s Winnie the Pooh party.
“It was the first time in a while I had worn makeup, or got dressed into normal clothes! Looking at the picture I can remember what an achievement that felt.”
She went on to tell followers that at the time, Theo has “reflux and a tongue tie” and that she was recovering from her second “bout of mastitis” as well as just having had a caesarean.
Emily went on: “I hadn’t had more than an hours sleep in one go more than a handful of times since he was born.
“The reason I’m bringing this up, is that although I have memories of what was behind this picture, for those looking in it probably wasn’t obvious. I didn’t discuss it with many people at the time. I think a lot of new mums feel that pressure to appear that they are handling everything, or perhaps worry that others will think they aren’t a good parent.
“It would have been great to hear about others who were experiencing the same thing, to understand that I wasn’t alone or doing anything wrong.”
The 33-year-old said that she “didn’t experience postnatal depression or other mental health difficulties” but more than 10% of new mums can develop depression in the postnatal period.
She added: “This is only one of many different mental health conditions that can affect women at this vulnerable time. Although there are many factors that can contribute to maternal mental health difficulties, I feel very strongly that normalising the difficult parts of becoming a parent is so important, so that people know they aren’t alone, and don’t feel worried or hesitant to seek help.”
Emily concluded by saying that since she has become a mum, she has noticed that more parents are talking about the highs and lows of parenthood.
She finished: “I hope that by talking about our own experiences and encouraging others to share, we can all support each other and raise awareness of maternal mental health. “
Many followers of Emily’s took to the comments to thank her for talking about the topic.
One wrote: “It’s good for mums to tell their stories it can help other mums.”
As a second said: “Well done girlie. Nobodies is ever how it seems and we should never judge. Kindness is a star quality xx”
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