Model Robyn Lawley reveals an auto-immune disease left her in a ‘delusional, paranoid state’ after giving birth. ‘I thought they were going to take my baby away’

Robyn, 27, gave birth to her daughter Ripley in February 2015. She developed a rare and potentially fatal auto-immune illness, SLE Lupus, during the latter stages of her pregnancy.

“It started in the muscles. I couldn’t pick up things very well and I was losing the ability to walk and to talk.

“I have a super high pain threshold … I delivered an 11 pound baby … so when I couldn’t even pick up things, the doctors, at first, didn’t take me seriously.

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“It wasn’t until my family — my sisters and my mum came over and saw me and said ‘That’s not how Robyn is’.

“They wheelchaired me off to hospital and that’s when I got checked out [and diagnosed].”

‘I thought they were going to take my baby away,’ Robyn told news.com.au on Tuesday, as she recalled the paranoia she developed with her condition after giving birth.

‘After you have a baby you get into this delusional, paranoid state. I was sleep-deprived and going on weeks without sleep. It was so painful,’ she continued.

“Sometimes I was so concerned she would stop breathing I wouldn’t go to sleep,” she said.

“No one ever tells you about this paranoia. I honestly thought my mum wasn’t going to meet her, even though my newborn was absolutely fine.

“But I was so worried she’d stop breathing … I wasn’t coping, and I was just scared she was going to die at any second.

“I was recovering from a baby and that’s already enough in itself.”

According to news.com.au the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, says the rare auto-immune condition SLE lupus — which mostly affects women — causes immune cells to attack healthy cells.

The condition can impact the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.

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  • nope i didn’t have any issues compared to this story.


  • Autoimmune diseases can have devastating emotional side effects – it would have been even worse because of her pregnancy, childbirth and sleep deprivation. Her diagnosis is a very serious problem


  • Think paranoia and psychosis are one of the most scary things to go through indeed.


  • This would be a very scary thing to go through.


  • What a scary situation! Luckily I didn’t have any complication during or after the pregnancy.


  • I and my baby ended up having several transfusions each and she was even baptised in the hospital a day after her birth as no-one thought either of us would live.


  • Yes, I had life threatening complications.


  • Very grateful everything went super smooth for us.


  • So sorry to hear this. I had postnatal anxiety.


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