Behati Prinsloo: ‘It’s normal for new mums to feel helpless’

Behati Prinsloo has opened up about her experience with postpartum depression (PPD).The Victoria’s Secret model and her husband, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, are parents to daughters Dusty, two, and Gio, 16 months. But shortly after welcoming Dusty i…

Behati Prinsloo has opened up about her experience with postpartum depression (PPD).

The Victoria’s Secret model and her husband, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, are parents to daughters Dusty, two, and Gio, 16 months.

But shortly after welcoming Dusty in 2016, Behati began to experience symptoms of PPD, or the complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioural changes that happen in a woman after giving birth.

“I had moments of postpartum (depression) after our first baby that I felt like it was coming through. But my husband was so incredibly supportive and always got me out of it. I think it’s very normal, though, as a young mom and a new mom to feel helpless and to feel overly emotional, you know,” she said during an interview for U.S. programme Today, before going on to urge other new parents to seek out help.

“I think I got lucky not to have it to an extreme case, but you can see yourself spiralling. And I think that the message is just that it’s never too little to ask for help. So, no matter how small your feelings and stress – or whatever it is about being a new mom – there’s always help out there and support from family and friends. And I think nobody judges anyone.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Behati opened up about her childhood spent in Namibia and South Africa, her work with the Save the Rhino Trust, and the way in which she used to be teased for her long legs as a child.

And her message to other tall girls is to “own” their height.

“I think when you get older, you just get more comfortable with yourself. I would say I probably got more confident when I started doing fashion shows and catwalks when I was 16. I was like, ‘Oh, these legs get me around. They gave me work. They get me all sorts of things.’ I’m proud of them,” the 31-year-old smiled.

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