Real Housewives of Orange County alum, Gretchen Rossi, talks about her battle with postpartum depression. The first time mother said, “I broke down” after her daughter’s birth. Gretchen appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Doctors and explained that she was going through “a difficult period where, I realize now, I was depressed, and I had a lot of anxiety.”
“I make a joke that I’m gonna write a book called It’s All a Lie,” Gretchen told The Doctors. “Legitimately, I had no idea what I was in for. I just thought, ‘This is gonna be great.’” The first-time mom continued, “You see Instagram, you see social media, you see the media making it look like it’s so perfect, and you just sit there and breastfeed your child and you look magically into their eyes. It was nothing like that.”
“I really wasn’t connecting with [Skylar] at the very beginning,” she explained on the daytime show. “Then I came to realize [when] I went to my pediatrician’s appointment and I was crying and broke down in that appointment, and my pediatrician said, ‘You know, Gretchen, I think maybe you need to think about the fact that you might have some serious postpartum.’”
“I was really struggling, and I was having an internal conflict with the fact that I had this beautiful, amazing miracle baby — literally, she was a miracle for us [referring to her fiance, Slade Smiley] — and I just was having a hard time compartmentalizing how to manage my life now with this new baby,” explained the former RHOC star.
As a non-Gretchen fan, this was a turning point for me. I felt like she was honest and vulnerable in this interview, unlike the Gretchen we usually get. Never forget, Gretchen captioned the first pic of her and her newborn baby, “This was right out of surgery and the very first time I got to hold my baby girl 👼🏻 This was the most amazing exhilarating feeling, and a moment that will be forever engrained in my mind. ❤️”
Nobody looks like that post-surgery. Girl, please.
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This was right out of surgery and the very first time I got to hold my baby girl 👼🏻 This was the most amazing exhilarating feeling, and a moment that will be forever engrained in my mind. ❤️ @skylargray777 #firstmoments #babygirl #csection #baby #blessed ————————————————————————Thank you to my amazing Doctor, Dr. Flora, and the whole wonderful and caring staff at #HoagHospital for taking such amazing care of us while we were there. Your love and dedication to your jobs did not go unnoticed! Thank you to all the nurses, pediatricians, doctors and lactation consultants for really helping me with my first days of being a new mom and keeping me encouraged. ————————————————————————-Those 4 days and 3 nights were some of the toughest days I have ever navigated, being that you are trying to recover from a major abdominal surgery, (not to mention I have never had a major surgery in my life) deal with all the swelling and hormonal changes going on with my body, all the while trying to learn how to breastfeed, and meet your babies needs, but also trying to keep your head above water and take care of yourself so you can be the best mommy to your baby. I cried a lot, I was nervous, scared, in pain and not sure I was doing it all correctly. But I had an amazing support system between the hospital staff, my parents, my brother, and my dearest of friends all surrounding me and telling me, I got this, and was doing a good job! Felt so beyond blessed to have everyone there! So thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️🙏🏻
Five days ago was the first time Gretchen posted an honest (in my opinion) picture of mom life on Instagram. No styling, no hair and makeup, just a mother with her beautiful baby. She captioned the post, “#MomLife with a New Baby 😜 ✅House is a mess ✅Exhausted from no sleep ✅Delirious ✅No Makeup ✅Hair in a bun ✅Sweatpants ✅Laundry is piling up ✅ Barely surviving ✅Can’t remember what day it is ✅Can barely remember my own name 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Who’s been here before, and who’s with me right now? 🙋🏼♀️”
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#MomLife with a New Baby 😜 ✅House is a mess ✅Exhausted from no sleep ✅Delirious ✅No Makeup ✅Hair in a bun ✅Sweatpants ✅Laundry is piling up ✅ Barely surviving ✅Can’t remember what day it is ✅Can barely remember my own name 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Who’s been here before, and who’s with me right now? 🙋🏼♀️ However I wouldn’t change it for the world and am loving every second of it! Being right here in our beautiful home, loving on my baby girl and having my fur babies wrapped around us is what makes me the most happy and fulfilled these days! Thank you Lord for our many blessings 🙏🏻 #enjoyingeverymoment #lovethesetimes
I think it’s fair to say that many of us get caught up in how other’s lives appear on social media. I appreciate Gretchen opening up and being honest about her struggles with her mental health after pregnancy. I talk about my own mental health struggles on my podcast, On This Day Entertainment.
In this episode, I celebrate the life of DJ, electronic musician, and songwriter Avicci. Unfortunately, Avicci lost his battle with depression and took his life on April 20, 2018. In case you need someone to talk to, the Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-HELP. That’s 1-800-273-8255. Remember, you are not alone.
Do you think that Gretchen sharing her struggles so openly will help other mothers going through similar struggles? Sound off in the comments!