Alanis Morissette susceptible to postpartum depression
While she actually enjoys being pregnant, it’s what happens to her mind and body afterward that she finds difficult to cope with, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette related.
“I’m one of those women who actually enjoys being pregnant,” she told Self magazine in an interview. “Even when I’m just sitting still, I feel productive; I’m still building a human being—which boggles my mind.”
However, she’s also susceptible to postpartum depression, which Alanis had after her two previous pregnancies. So, as she recently welcomed her third child, baby boy Winter Mercy, Alanis said she would make sure to seek help from family and friends should she experience the same thing again.
“I had postpartum depression both times. It basically feels like tar had taken over my whole body and I was underwater,” she recalled. “The first time around, I didn’t seek help for a year and four months. The second time around, I waited four months.”
The acclaimed pop-rock artist is married to rapper Mario Treadway, with whom she has two other children: son Ever Imre, 8, and daughter Onyx Solace, 3.
“This time around, I’m not waiting even four minutes. I’m just going to be like, ‘OK, everybody, even if I say I’m OK, I want you to resist believing me at first,’” she said. “I’m actually going to need support and I’m not gonna push it away.”—ALLAN POLICARPIO
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