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I would wake up and cry for 2 hours - Jolene on undergoing depression after giving birth

It was a difficult time for the former Tahidi High actress.

Jackie Matubia @sunafricastudios

Jackie ‘Jolene’ Matubia has opened up about sinking into depression after the birth of her daughter Zari Wanjiku in 2015.

“I had these conflicting feelings of constantly wondering whether I should have waited to have a baby and when I tried going back to work, I felt like I was not being the best mum. I would wake up and cry for about two hours and I couldn’t get myself out of it. It even caused some friction in my marriage because we were young first-time parents and during that period there wasn’t much awareness about such things,” she confessed to Parents Magazine.

Lillian Muli’s postpartum depression

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Jackie is not the only celebrity who has battled the scourge that affects 1 in 7 women globally (according to Postpartum International (PSI). Lillian Muli recently opened up about suffering from the perinatal mood disorder.

The Citizen TV news anchor disclosed that the birth of her son took a toll on her mentally and emotionally leading to a drastic weight loss.

Many marvelled at how she had bounced back but they didn’t know that the reason she lost so much weight was that she barely ate and had trouble functioning properly.

“When I was poached by Citizen TV in the year 2010 I had lost so much weight. I weighed 56 kilos at the time after having my baby. I didn’t look nice by the way, but everyone was like how did you lose after having a baby? What a lot of people didn’t know was that the birth of my first child took a toll on me emotionally and mentally. So I went through an episode of post-natal depression so I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t function. It was hard for me,” she revealed on Malkia Africa Production.

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