Kylie Jenner Opens Up About Battling Postpartum Depression Twice

The youngest Kar-Jenner sister has detailed her experience with postpartum depression and the advice she would give to other mums.

For many, our introduction to Kylie Jenner came by way of The Kardashians, where the young sister was barely through navigating her teens before she became a global sensation. Now 25-years-old, Kylie is as successful as they come: along with raising her 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, she also has a cosmetics empire under her belt, and an impressive social media presence to match. But rather than proclaim her fatigue, Kylie is only ever grateful. 

Speaking to Vanity Fair for the magazine’s latest cover story, Kylie described her experiences with fame and becoming a reality star at such a young age. As she explained, she no longer reads the comment section of her own social media posts anymore, as she’s “become strong and I’ve realised that I don’t have to allow them into my life.” But for anyone who thinks they might know the star entirely simply by way of following her social media, it goes to prove that you never quite know what someone is going through behind closed doors. For Kylie, this meant navigating postpartum depression twice after the births of daughter Stormi, and son, Aire.  

“The first time was very difficult, the second was more manageable,” said Kylie. 

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, postpartum depression occurs after having a baby and affects as many as 1 in 8 women who give birth. Symptoms include withdrawing from loved ones, crying more than usual, feeling worried or overly anxious, feelings of anger, and doubting your ability to take care of your baby. These symptoms may last for weeks after giving birth, or even months. Other than the “baby blues” many women experience after giving birth, postpartum depression is more intense and last longer. 

Treatment options for postpartum depression vary depending on the severity, but medical professionals may suggest psychotherapy or support groups. Currently, the FDA is also reviewing a fast-acting antidepressant pill called Zuranolone, made by Sage Therapeutics, Inc., and Biogen Inc., which is also intended to treat postpartum depression, according to ABC News

When it comes to the advice she’d give to other mums going through the same situation, she expressed the importance to not “overthink things and to live all the emotions of that moment to the fullest. Stay inside that moment, even if it is painful. I know, in those moments you think that it will never pass, that your body will never be the same as before, that you will never be the same. That’s not true: the hormones, the emotions at that stage are much, much more powerful and bigger than you.”

Kylie added, “My advice is to live through that transition, without fear of the aftermath. The risk is to miss all the most beautiful things of motherhood as well.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with postpartum depression, help is available. Contact the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) support service on 1300 726 306, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

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