“American Idol” star Jordin Sparks opened up about the loneliness she felt after giving birth to her first child.
Since becoming a mom, the 29-year-old singer said she battled loneliness while struggling through postpartum depression. Yet she found it hard to reach out to others for support.
The actress shared her experience with Us Weekly while promoting sickle cell disease awareness:
“Everybody knows about what postpartum depression is — maybe not exactly what it all entails because it’s different for each woman — but there’s this thing called the fourth trimester, which happens after you have your baby.”
“It’s dealing with everything that happens with your body. Your body goes and changes, your hormones are absolutely insane.”
According to the Baby Center, the fourth trimester is the first three months of the baby’s life and this time can be rough on a mom as she and her baby transition to life outside the womb.
“Then you’re dealing with this baby and then something doesn’t go right. … We’ve got tons of people to hold the baby, but who hold us? Who hold us together? Who helps us get through all that stuff? Obviously, people in your family who knows what you’ve been through and had kids before, but sometimes it feels hard to reach out because you’re like, ‘How do I feel so lonely when this amazing thing just happened?’”
The singer went on to say she came out of her depression with the help of a friend who gave birth around the same time as Sparks. She said:
“I would talk to her and be like, ‘I feel like this today. Sorry, I just needed to let you know.’ And she’d be like, ‘No, I understand. That was me yesterday.’ I’d be like, ‘Oh, God. Thanks. OK. Good. I know I’m not the only one.’”
Sparks and her husband Dana Isaiah gave welcomed their son Dana Isaiah Jr. on May 2, 2018.