Country star Maren Morris revealed her struggle with postpartum depression on CBS This Morning back in September, five months after giving birth to her son Hayes Hurd with husband Ryan Hurd. Now, she’s crediting her improvement to therapy and open conversation — and Chrissy Teigen.
The 30-year-old country superstar talked about her decision to speak out about her mental health during an Access interview on Wednesday where Morris spoke about her postpartum depression diagnosis and her support system.
“It was actually my therapist that recognized it and diagnosed me because when you’re in that fog of being a new mom and breastfeeding and pumping and no sleep, you’re not really connected to your body’s signals as much because it’s just all, you’re in the bubble,” she explained. “So, thank god, I had the foresight to still continue phone therapy during the pandemic. And I have people around me that care about me to kind of help me recognize that.”
She continued “....I feel like I was so lacking material and conversations about postpartum depression,” she said. “I feel like the only kind of high-profile person I could find that has spoken about it the most honestly is like Chrissy Teigen. That article [in Glamour] helped me so much knowing that I wasn’t crazy feeling the things I was feeling.”
6 months ago today, our boy was born. He smiled early and stared at you intently like he had known you in a past life. He eats all the green foods I would never touch, and I think we’ve only heard him really cry 4 different times. We are honestly just waiting for the spell to wear off and he becomes a terror, but so far, he’s just been our sweet, sensitive son. Happy half year, Bub. 💫
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Reading about Teigen’s condition from the 2017 article helped Morris to better understand her postpartum depression and the stigma that so often surrounds it. Morris wanted to continue the conversation to ensure that new moms and soon-to-be moms weren’t left to feel any more alone.
“Being able to talk about it and maybe coming from me for the moms that are fans of mine and are going through the same thing, I hope that they feel closer to me in that way because I certainly feel closer to them,” she said. “We’re not perfect, we’re human beings, we are complex and nuanced and not everyone just snaps back after giving birth, mentally.”
Morris also expressed that talking about postpartum depression helps reduce mom-shaming. “I feel like being able to talk about postpartum depression also lightens the shame because we all feel like, ‘Oh my god, I feel so guilty, I should just be like in love with my baby and this whole process.’ But that’s not how it is all the time,” she said. “So I think being able to talk about it has been really helpful for my mental health at least.”
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