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Halle Bailey Opened About Her “Severe” Postpartum Depression Since Giving Birth to Her First Son

Halle Bailey has opened up about having “severe” postpartum depression since giving birth to her first child Halo, with partner DDG.

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In a recent Snapchat video, Halle Bailey opened up about experiencing postpartum depression and struggling mentally since welcoming her first child—a son named Halo—with partner DDG. The Little Mermaid actor began said that that while she adores her newborn son, she has been left “triggered” by some comments on social media about her family. “Halo is a miracle. He is perfect. He is beautiful. When I look at him, I cry because of how special he is,” said Bailey. “The only thing that’s been hard for me is feeling normal in my own body. I feel like a completely different person. When I look in the mirror, I just feel like I’m in a whole new body. Like, I don’t know who I am.”

Bailey went on to address her mental health in detail, in the hopes that new mothers and working moms would be able to relate to it and find comfort. “I just wanted to speak a little bit about my postpartum journey as a new mom, and now trying to work while still being severely postpartum,” Bailey said in the video. “Honestly, I have severe, severe postpartum… I don’t know if any new moms can relate, but it’s to the point where it’s really bad. It’s hard for me to be separated from my baby for more than 30 minutes at a time before I start to kind of freak out.”


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The actor and singer affirmed that there is a stigma when it comes to openly speaking up about postpartum depression and that it has nothing to do with her child, and her love for him. “Before I had a child and I would hear people talk about postpartum, it would kind of just go in one ear and out the other. I didn’t realize how serious of a thing it actually was,” Bailey shared. “Now going through it, it almost feels like you’re swimming in this ocean that’s like the biggest waves you’ve ever felt and you’re trying not to drown. And you’re trying to come up for air.”

“It has nothing to do with my baby. It has everything to do with me and who I am right now,” Bailey added. “I guess today I was just triggered — especially [since] social media is just not a good thing to be on when you have postpartum — but I was just really triggered today, especially by seeing some of the things that have been said about me and my family, and the one that I love and the ones that I love.”

The 24-year-old star ended her video with an important message for fans and internet users, and urged them to be kind. “Even though you may look up to certain people and you think that they are celebrities, and they appear to have it all together, you never know what somebody else is going through, especially someone who just had a baby literally,” Bailey said.

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