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Stacey Solomon shares powerful message about postnatal depression

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She used Instagram to be brutally honest about motherhood - and people love her for it.

Stacey Solomon has shared a powerful message about postnatal depression, saying that she didn't realise she was suffering from the condition until she had her second child.

Solomon, who regularly uses Instagram to share brutally honest posts about the reality of motherhood, recently sharing that she experienced 'gut-wrenching mum guilt' after giving birth to her third child Rex in May.

But, remembering her pregnancy with her first son, 11-year-old Zachary, she admitted to struggling with mental health difficulties at the time.

Writing alongside a cute snap of the pair surrounded by sunflowers, she wrote: ‘Yesterday we went for a walk in the sunflower fields (Rex was asleep most of the time) because I wasn’t feeling myself (happens now and again).

‘When I had Zachary 11 years ago I really struggled with the way that I felt.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

🌻You are my sunshine 🌻 yesterday we went for a walk in the sunflower fields (Rex was asleep most of the time😂) because I wasn’t feeling myself (happens now and again). A few months ago I was asked by @scampanddude to be a part of their “swag bags with purpose” campaign and it took me 0.5 seconds to say “abso-bloomin’-lutely! The bag I’ve designed was inspired by sunflowers (my favourite flower) and all of the profits from the sale will go to @mindcharity When I had Zachary 11 years ago i really struggled with the way that I felt. I only realised Years later when I was pregnant with Leighton and crying to my midwife because i was so anxious about giving birth and not loving him straight away (among lots of other things), that I had post natal depression. I honestly believe that this time around with Rex if The perinatal mental health services and mental health helplines & charities weren’t available I would be struggling to deal with my feelings. Depression and anxiety don’t discriminate. I feel so passionate about raising awareness and trying to get more funds to much needed mental health services. So this is something that really means a lot to me. If you get a spare minute have a look at my “swag bag” but more importantly look after yourself. Talk to others and don’t be ashamed of how you feel. I’ve had so much support on here and it’s really meant the world and helped me realise that so many people go through similar things and it doesn’t make you any less of a person! 🖤🌻

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The TV favourite added that a midwife helped her to accept she had been suffering from postnatal depression when she became pregnant with her second child, son Leighton, seven.

She added, "I was so anxious about giving birth and not loving him straight away. Depression and anxiety don’t discriminate.

"I feel so passionate about raising awareness and trying to get more funds to much needed mental health services."

In the post, Solomon told her fans about her collaboration with Scamp and Dude for their ‘swag bags with purpose’ campaign, which raises money for mental health charity Mind.

This article was originally written by Bonnie McLaren for Grazia

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