Actress Coleen Garcia has opened up about dealing with “postpartum anxiety” following the birth of her first son Amari eight months ago.
Coleen shared that while she didn't suffer from postpartum depression, she experienced what she described as "postpartum anxiety", in her latest vlog released on Mother's Day, where she talked about her own journey as a first-time mom.
"I wouldn’t say I had postpartum depression. But there is something that nobody ever talked to me about. And I only realized what it was in one of my mom groups when somebody opened up about it. And this was way after I gave birth, and that is postpartum anxiety,” she said.
“Before I ever gave birth and got pregnant, I already had anxiety,” Coleen revealed. “I would say I had a pretty chill pregnancy, so I stopped thinking about things that worried me. But it’s different ‘pag nandyan na talaga ‘yung baby and I am a worry wart. So that has been my struggle.”
“My mind takes me to places na hindi na talaga normal, honestly,” she continued. “And I would just get so nervous, so stressed, so anxious over nothing, and it would get me so drained — physically drained, because when you’re mentally drained, you become physically drained as well. And I’d be tired almost every day just because my mind was racing. Ang dami kong iniisip na parang ang napakaimposible namang mangyari. My mind just comes up with different scenarios na sa totoo lang masasabi mong praning na talaga. Pero ‘yun eh. That’s what I was struggling with.”
Coleen acknowledged that both postpartum depression and anxiety are “very real”.
“And it’s so easy for other people to brush it off. One of my elders, sinabi niya na, ‘You know, when I gave birth, hindi pa uso ‘yung postpartum postpartum na ‘yan. I didn’t have postpartum, I didn’t have the time, I didn’t have the energy to go through something like that.’ And in my mind, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m pretty sure that it already existed.’ It’s just that nobody really had a name for it at that time,” she said.
“And I’m glad that nowadays people acknowledge it, and that people talk about it, and that people don’t judge others who go through it. It’s really so normal and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re going through this,” she added.
In the vlog, Coleen also shared her tips for those like her who only recently gave birth. Check them out below:
Coleen, 28, gave birth to Amari, her first child with her husband Billy Crawford, via a home birth in September last year.
Last April, the celebrity couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary.