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‘I just couldn’t enjoy anything with my son’: Jess Wright discusses her struggle with ‘debilitating’ postnatal depression and slams the ‘dismissive’ use of term ‘baby blues’

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Jess Wright discussed her struggle with ‘debilitating’ postnatal depression and slammed the use of the ‘dismissive term baby blues’ on Tuesday. 

The Former The Only Way Is Essex star, 36, welcomed a son named Presley with her husband William Lee-Kemp in May, and has been open about her experience.

Speaking with Giovanna Fletcher on her podcast, Happy Mum Happy Baby, Jess weighed in on her expectations and adapting to being a first-time mum. 

The reality TV star explained: ‘I thought when they said that [baby blues], it was just like “Oh, you might feel down for a couple of days, because it’s called the baby blues.”

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‘But I’m like, “You’re just totally disguising post-natal depression, which is debilitating.”‘

Jess Wright, 36, discussed her struggle with 'debilitating' postnatal depression and slammed the use of the 'dismissive term baby blues' on Tuesday

Jess Wright, 36, discussed her struggle with ‘debilitating’ postnatal depression and slammed the use of the ‘dismissive term baby blues’ on Tuesday

She continued: ‘I had that for a month, and then all of a sudden it just lifted. It’s more scary because a, I didn’t know how long it was going to last – some women suffer for 6 months and some more. 

‘And b, I just couldn’t enjoy anything with him. My biggest piece of advice in terms of depression or anxiety, or post-natal depression, is 100% tell someone how you’re feeling.

‘They’re never going to judge you, they’re always going to be there for you if they love you. And there’s so many others who are suffering.’

Jess went on to discuss the realisation that her life was about to change before she had her son. 

She said: ‘When I was pregnant, this is hard to admit, about 12 weeks my friend and my sister were round at my house. And we were chatting about when we had been out somewhere. And I just burst into tears, like my life is going to be gone isn’t it.

‘Obviously, I felt such guilt, because I was like, “I want this baby and I am so happy I am having this baby, but oh my god I’ve just realised life is different.”

‘You’re not just a mum, you’re also the person you were before. It’s like grieving your old life.

‘You can say when you’ve come out the other side, to women that do feel like that, I promise you it gets better in so many other ways, you may lose certain aspects of freedom but the good things they bring you outweigh that.’

Not true: The reality TV star explained: 'I thought when they said that [baby blues], it was just like "Oh, you might feel down for a couple of days, because it’s called the baby blues'

Not true: The reality TV star explained: ‘I thought when they said that [baby blues], it was just like “Oh, you might feel down for a couple of days, because it’s called the baby blues’

Jess announced the birth of her son on Instagram in May, less than a year after she wed businessman William in September 2021.

She captioned the post: ‘We will hold your hand forever 17~05~22’.

The TV personality has been open about her struggle with post-natal depression, , battle with skin condition psoriasis and the lack of sleep.

Jess admitted, while some days she finds parenthood ‘fine’, on others she admits it’s not so easy. 

Download Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast every Tuesday at 6am from acast.com. 

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