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Adele has revealed her battle with postnatal depression after her son’s birth, saying that it was so bad, it may have scared her off having more children.

When asked in an interview with Vanity Fair if she was considering more children Adele, 28, revealed, “I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

At first, the singer says she didn’t want to talk to anyone about her struggles but she eventually found solace in friends going through the same problems. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant… My boyfriend said I should talk to other women who were pregnant, and I said, ‘F— that, I ain’t hanging around with a f—ing bunch of mothers.'”

“Then, without realising it, I was gravitating towards pregnant women and other women with children, because I found they’re a bit more patient.”

“One day I said to a friend, ‘I f—ing hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f—ing hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted.”

Adele also revealed how the depression manifested itself.

“My knowledge of postpartum – or post-natal, as we call it in England – is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job.”

“But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life. It can come in many different form,” she said.

“Eventually I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the fuck I want without my baby. A friend of mine said, ‘Really? Don’t you feel bad?’ I said, I do, but not as bad as I’d feel if I didn’t do it.

Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it; they thought everyone would think they were a bad mom, and it’s not the case. It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time.”

Adele recently told fans at a Nashville gig that her womb “was aching for another baby.”

Did you feel like Adele after the birth of your child?

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  • So sorry for her – must admit it never happened to me, but do feel sorry for those who go through it.

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  • Some Mums get severe depression during their pregnancy too, not only after the birth of their baby. Some Dads feel “down” trying to understand and help their baby’s Mum through with their support.

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  • Well, she has the money to get help for that. PPD is really not a good thing. i hope that she can overcome her fear of it.

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  • I’m so sorry for her and for all the women who suffered postpartum depression. It must be so incredibly hard. :-(

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  • Post natal depression is truly awful and good on her for talking about it.


    • Thankful for the supports that are out there for women that suffer.

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  • Good on you for your honesty Adele!

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  • Adele is honest and real and doesn’t make excuses!

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  • PND should not be a taboo subject, we need to ralk about this to help each other. I had a friend who was worried about not bonding with her bub after he was born (this was while still pregnant) and when i commented i got in trouble from other mothers for trying to scare her! Luckily this mumma knew what I was trying to do and knew i wasn’t trying to scare her and appreciated the fact I wasn’t sweeping her concern under the rug

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  • I personally was very lucky not too go through this though a number of my friends did and having suffered reactionary depression in the past there is a horrible stigma that you have a “mental” problem but as my wonderful doctor counselled it is a physical problem because your brain (a very important part of your body) is going through an imbalance and no matter what form of depression there is no shame in that.

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