Speaking up

Ivanka Trump says she suffered from postpartum depression

Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump spoke out about her struggles with postpartum depression in an interview with Dr. Oz that aired on Thursday.

“With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum,” Ivanka said. “It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and an executive. I had such easy pregnancies that in some ways the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”

Postpartum depression can cause women who have recently given birth to suffer from anger, fatigue, and intense sadness for a prolonged period of time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ivanka’s youngest child, Theodore, 1, was born in March 2016 — just a week after his birth, Ivanka spoke on behalf of her father at a campaign rally in Long Island.

Writing for The New York Times, psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks noted that many women are afraid to speak openly about postpartum depression out of “fear of being judged.” In speaking out, Ivanka joined celebrities such as Adele, Hayden Panettiere, and Chrissy Teigen in sharing their struggles with a condition that an estimated one in nine women will go through after giving birth.

Unfortunately, Ivanka’s apparent desire to raise awareness over the issue is a stark contrast with both past and present Republican attempts to reform health care so that insurance companies don’t have to cover conditions such as postpartum depression.

Watch an excerpt of the interview below.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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