Kylie Jenner has shared a heartfelt message to fellow new mums that she hasn't found the first few weeks after the birth of her second child easy mentally.
With refreshing honesty, the reality star and entrepreneur, 24, admitted it has "not been easy mentally, physically, or spiritually" and reassured others it's "okay not to be okay".
Speaking to her 300+ million followers on Instagram, following a clip of her in the gym at six weeks postpartum, Jenner said, "I just want to say to my postpartum mums that postpartum has not been easy.
"It's not been easy, it's very hard. This experience for me personally has been a little harder than with my daughter. It's not easy mentally, physically, spiritually, it's just crazy."
Jenner and her partner singer Travis Scott, welcomed their son Wolf Webster on 2 February. They already share their first child, Stormi Webster, four, whose birthday is on 1 February.
She added, "I didn't want to just get back to life without saying that because I think we can look on the internet and other mums going through it right now and it might look a lot easier for other people and put pressure on us. But it hasn't been easy for me. It's been hard and I just wanted to say that."
Presumably compelled to share the message after her previous gym post could suggest she was finding postpartum life easy, she said, "I didn't even think I'd make it to this work-out today but I'm here and I'm feeling better, so, you got this."
Jenner also spoke about how one realisation in particular helped her. "It's okay not to be okay," she said. "I was putting some pressure on myself and I just keep reminding myself I made a whole human, a beautiful healthy boy and we have to stop putting pressure on ourselves to be 'back'. Not even physically, just mentally, after birth.
"Just sending some love."
Struggling mentally after having a baby is extremely common. For some, this could be postnatal depression, a condition affecting more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners of those giving birth.
If you think you might have postnatal depression, it's important to seek help as early as you can so you can access the support you need and begin to enjoy life with your new baby. There's no need to suffer in silence as, alongside your GP, it's part of your health visitor's role to refer you for the right support.
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In terms of the signs, you might find it hard to articulate how you're feeling. The charity Mind says you might feel pressure to be happy and excited, like you have to be on top of everything, worried you're a bad parent or worried that someone will take your baby away from you.
"But if you are finding things difficult, it is important to know that having these feelings is not your fault," says the charity. "You can ask for help or support if you need it."
To be aware of the difference between signs of the 'baby blues' and postnatal depression, the Mental Health Foundation, says, "The ‘baby blues’ is a brief period of feeling low, emotional and tearful after giving birth. It doesn’t last for more than two weeks of giving birth.
"If your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression. It can start any time in the year after giving birth, and may begin gradually or suddenly. It can range from mild to severe."
The foundation says symptoms of postnatal depression might include feeling sad or low, being unable to enjoy things that normally bring you pleasure, tiredness or a lack of energy, poor concentration, low self-esteem, disturbed sleep (even when your baby is asleep) and changes in appetite, among other things.
It also confirms that feeling low mentally after a baby is nothing to be scared of. "Having a baby is a huge life event," the foundation says. "It’s normal to experience a range of powerful emotions while you’re pregnant and after giving birth: excitement, joy, anxiety. You may also feel depressed. It’s not a sign of weakness or anything to feel guilty about. With support and treatment, you can get better."
If you're struggling, or know someone who else is, visit Mind's website to find out more about postnatal depression and how you can look after yourself, see what support services there are, such as your GP or health visitor, or how to help someone else with postnatal depression.
Or, visit the Mental Health Foundation's website to find out more about symptoms, what causes postnatal depression, getting support and the types of treatments out there.