Amanda Holden has always been very open about the trouble she had conceiving and giving birth to her two daughters, but it now emerges the Britain’s Got Talent judge, 43, has suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome since having her second child.
The actress and TV presenter revealed to the Radio Times that she felt like she had ‘fought a war’ after having severe birth complications with Hollie, now two.
‘I’ve had therapy and was told I suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome [PTSS],’ she told the magazine.
‘I assumed that was what people had in Afghanistan, and I haven’t fought a war. But maybe I have in a way.’
Amanda, who has recently been campaigning for the rights of miscarriage sufferers, has previously spoken out about how she almost died after Hollie was delivered by caesarian section.
‘I delivered her and I saw her cry. I thought, “This is totally amazing”. It was everything I had dared to dream of. Then they very calmly said there’s a lot of bleeding so we’re putting you under general anesthetic,’ she explained in 2012.
‘I haven’t fought a war. But maybe I have in a way’
Although Amanda’s is an extreme case, PTSS can affect any mother who feels out of control during her labour and birth.
Talking through your experience with a specialist midwife can help new mums take back their control and process what happened in a safe, secure environment.
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