Singer and actress Alanis Morissette welcomed her son, Ever Imre, back in December of 2010. The celebrity mom is now opening up about her birth experience and the battle with depression that followed.
She told You magazine:
“I had a natural birth at home in my bedroom. It was very long – over 25 hours – and harrowing. Not unusually for me, I was silent, so it felt like this long drug trip of a prayer that was physically excruciating. My husband saved the day. When I asked him, he would squeeze my head. At other times he would just be there and that was all I needed.”
Alanis shares that she was floored by the depression post-baby:
“The degree and intensity of my post-natal depression shocked me. I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain. I hadn’t realized the depths to which you can ache – limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt – and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal. I wished I could have cried but there was no relief during that time; my version of depression is almost below crying where there is just despondency…”
The mom of one (with beau Mario Treadway), says that she’s much better these days:
“I had various therapies and now I feel all light and springy. Thankfully, it didn’t interfere with the bond with my son, although I think that has strengthened since I got better in April.”
Photos by Fameflynet