Just three weeks ago, on January 26, singer Rachel Platten welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Violet Skye, into the world.
And ever since, the “Fight Song” singer has been an open book about what being a new mom has been like for her.
She has shared 3 a.m. mirror selfies:
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Caught a cute glimpse of myself at 3am and thought I’d #blessyourfeed and put to rest the whole “wow Rach you look so recovered and not tired wtf” vibe. Yesterday (going out to an event and getting cute) was empowering but SUCH an anomaly and this is way more realistically me most of the past 2 weeks. I mostly just don’t want any other moms feeling less than because of me only sharing half the truth 😉
Revealed the woes of an upset baby:
And now, she is opening up about nearly mistaking her sleep deprivation for postpartum depression.
While talking with PopSugar, Platten revealed how unprepared she was for how she would feel after giving birth:
“The emotional roller coaster that happens after labor [was challenging]. The hormones and the dips in hormones, I cried for like three days, and I asked some friends, ‘Is this postpartum depression? Do I have that?’ They all were like, ‘Oh sweetie, no, no, no. It’s just sleep deprivation, it’s completely normal.'”
Platten told PopSugar that she wishes she would have been more aware of how her hormones would make her feel following birth.
“This is hormones dipping, this is what happens, and it’s really overwhelming. I wasn’t quite prepared for that; I wish that I had known that that was more normal. I wish I had seen on social media more moms talk about that. Just how hard and just completely all-encompassing it is physically, and your body. And then you have this little thing that needs you for life, so that part was really tough.”
But thankfully for the “You Belong” singer, her support system helped her through those intense first weeks as a mother:
“Thank God when I finally got a good stretch of sleep, I woke up and I was like, ‘I’m OK. OK. That was just . . . that was sleep deprivation.’ But for some moms, it’s real. [For] some moms, that feeling lasts, and I think the more that we talk about it as moms and normalize it, the better, so everyone understands they’re not alone.”
According to the American Psychological Association, warning signs of postpartum depression can include:
- A loss of pleasure or interest in things you used to enjoy, including sex
- Eating much more, or much less, than you usually do
- Anxiety — all or most of the time — or panic attacks
- Racing, scary thoughts
- Feeling guilty or worthless — blaming yourself
- Excessive irritability, anger or agitation — mood swings
- Sadness, crying uncontrollably for very long periods of time
The American Psychological Association also reports that PPD can affect up to one in seven women, and for “half of women diagnosed with PPD, this is their first episode of depression.”
Months before Violet’s birth, Platten wrote a song for her daughter. You can listen to the full tune below: