Tess Holliday Opens Up About Being An 'Emotional Mess' After Childbirth

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald April 15, 09:38 pm
Model Tess Holliday opens up about her postpartum struggles.
(Photo : Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

American plus-size model Tess Holliday opened up about her post-partum struggle. The model shared her battle via social media, which gathered positive feedback.

Tess Holliday went back to becoming a new mom after 11 years. The model opened up about her postpartum struggles wherein she does not feel comfortable with her post-pregnancy body, stating that she could not even look at herself in the mirror.

 It's not #tbt technically, but I found this photo on my phone now from September of last year & it gave me so many feels. This photo was taken at my dear friends @honeywoodvintage @charlieoverbey home during a dark time in my life. I was an emotional mess + struggling to find my way as a new mom again. When I looked at this photo a wave of sadness poured over me, but now I only see my tiny bubs nursing & Sweetie looking on like a nervous new mom Life is messy, love is complicated, & it can all feel so overwhelming but we grow & learn. I'm so grateful for my life & appreciate it all, even if I can't always see the light at the end... it's there. Promise #momofboys #motherhoodrising #normalizebreastfeeding

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Posting a photo of herself while she's breastfeeding, Holliday explained that she was an "emotional mess." She also admitted that she was struggling on her second take on motherhood according to Motto.

“I was an emotional mess + struggling to find my way as a new mom again," Tess wrote. "When I looked at this photo a wave of sadness poured over me, but now I only see my tiny bubs nursing & Sweetie looking on like a nervous new mom... Life is messy, love is complicated, & it can all feel so overwhelming but we grow & learn.”

Baby Bowie, who is now 10-months-old from her fiance Nick Holliday, helped her cope with self-acceptance. Tess had an 11-year-old son Rylee from her previous relationship.

Postpartum depression often hits new mothers and would sometimes go unnoticed making it harder to treat. Postpartum Progress reveals the signs and symptoms of postpartum disorder for new mothers.

Experiencing the feeling of not being able to tackle motherhood is one of the most common symptoms. Feeling guilty of not being able to make things work as a new mother right away can lead to depression and anxiety.

Postpartum depression is also a strong feeling of not being able to bond with the baby. Lack of concentration, focus and feeling disconnected can also be a sign. It is important for mothers to seek help right away. Mothers can still recover from postpartum depression, thus asking for medical attention when a few symptoms would emerge is recommended by healthcare professionals.

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