Stacey Solomon had post-natal depression

Stacey Solomon had post-natal depression

By Liz Lockhart

Bubbly, ever-optimistic and chirpy Stacey Solomon admits to having had post-natal depression following the birth of her son.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday Stacey opened up about her battle with post-natal depression and said that she was ‘utterly, utterly miserable’.

Stacey first rose to fame as a star of the X Factor and then won our hearts when she appeared in, and won, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.  Her sweet nature and optimism took her to the heart of the voters and the nation.

Stacey was pregnant at 17 and said that while her family were overjoyed by the news, she ‘spent days sitting in a fog of blankness’.

She went on to say ‘After giving birth I look at Zach – I suppose that I must have had some love for him as I had given him a name – and thought, ‘What am I going to do?’.

‘I didn’t really want to hold him.  I didn’t resent him, I resented myself and all I could think was that this was it, my life was over.  I felt so hopeless.  I didn’t want a baby.’

Fortunately Stacey was able to take a short break away and the holiday from motherhood was all it took to break the depression.  When she returned she was ‘overwhelmed with love’ for her little baby boy.

‘He looked at me and smiled, it melted my heart.’ she added ‘I imagine its what mothers usually feel when their baby is first handed to them.  I just had it a few months late.’

‘I realised how lucky I was.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t ever take Zach for granted again.  I wanted to work and be a success for him.’ she went on to say.

What an honest and informative story.  Thank you Stacey for sharing your experience with us all it may well help other young mothers who are struggling with similar feelings. 

For our depression guide please see here

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