According to a report from Just Jared, Hillary Duff recently dished on what it was like to become a mother at the young age of 24. She welcomed her seven-year-old son, Luca, with her ex, Mike Comrie, almost a decade ago. Duff said on The Motherly Podcast that it was a bit “isolating” in the beginning because she didn’t have friends who had children.
Duff said on the podcast that for her, it was a long time coming because she always wanted to be a mother. It was her number one priority in life. What’s impressing is that Duff also had a very successful acting and singing career as well, in addition to having a child at 24.
There have been some moments of trepidation, however, including when she finally became pregnant and asked herself, “‘Oh, this is actually really happening! What if this? What if that?'” When Luca was finally born, Duff said she felt as though she had lost a significant chunk of her identity.
Hillary said she often felt sad about it, moreover, she doesn’t even remember setting Luca down for the first three months of his life. Duff added she was continuously googling different subjects to make sure her child would be safe.
Feelings of sadness and loss are actually quite common among women who have recently given birth, and the symptoms have been given the title, “Post-Partum Depression.” According to the Wikipedia page, it’s a mood disorder often associated with childbirth.
In some cases, it can even affect men as well. Some of the most common symptoms are changes in eating or sleeping patterns, irritability, crying, anxiety, low energy, as well as extreme sadness. It usually takes one week up to one month for women and men to start seeing symptoms, while it most commonly affects women.
At this point, the medical community isn’t sure what causes it, whether it be physical or emotional factors. However, risk factors are in many cases hereditary. People who have a history of depression often have issues with the illness, as do those who struggle with drugs.
While many women worry and are sad after they’ve given birth, post-partum depression has to last for at least a month in order to receive the diagnosis. Reportedly, postpartum depression affects approximately fifteen percent of women after they’ve given birth.