Alanis Morissette Reveals Her Postpartum Depression

Alanis Morissette Reveals Her Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression can attack any woman that has a baby. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or your sixth, if it hits you it’s like trying to crawl out from beneath an anvil each day.  Alanis Morissette is the latest celebrity mom to open up about her own struggle after delivering son, Ever Imre in 2010.

She told ET, “I just thought it was a swampy chapter, if I soldiered it out, that it would go away. I came to realize that the longer I waited, the more intense it would become.  I think if there is any goal in me talking about it, it would be to eradicate the shame around it,” she explains. “It’s just what happens sometimes and, for me, I just waited way too long to reach out for help.”

Unfortunately, Alanis is not in the minority either. It is reported that 10 to 15 percent of women will suffer from postpartum mood disorders, which can include depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis.  According to postpartumprogress.com

“Postpartum depression is far more common than gestational diabetes. PPD is also more common than preterm labor, low birth weight, pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure; in other words, PPD is the most common complication associated with pregnancy and childbirth.”

Have you suffered a bout of postpartum depression?  Do you think that it’s helpful when celebrities like Alanis come forward?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Alanis Morissette Joins Breastfeeding Conversation

Alanis Morissette Joins Breastfeeding Conversation 0520Time’s magazine cover is still causing a controversy among mothers and Alanis Morissette is now joining the conversation on breastfeeding. Alania is a fan of attachment parenting and she says she will continue to breastfeed 16-month-old son, Ever Imre, until he’s ready to quit.

“I breastfeed and I’ll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans,” Alanis told Access Hollywood. “I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to. For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment. That stage of development is a very important stage.”

Alanis joins fellow stars Alicia Silverstone and Mayim Bialik with this belief. Bialik literally wrote the book on the subject entitled, Beyond the Sling.

People magazine reports that Alanis, along with husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway, stay “skin-on-skin connected” as much as possible and even sleep in the same bed with Ever. Luckily, Alanis admits it hasn’t stopped the couple from their all-important alone time. “He’s a very robust, virile man,” she says with a laugh. “You gotta take care of your husband.”

Do you agree with Alanis? Do you think this form of parenting will result in less therapy for children or do you think it’s a little too close for comfort?

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Alanis Morissette Wants Son To Have His Own Thoughts

Alanis Morissette With Husband and Son Ever in LAAlanis Morissette who has an 11-month-old son Ever Imre with her husband Mario ‘Souleye’ Treadway  says it’s important for children to have their own thoughts, while still listening to the views and opinions of their family.

“Defining our power by how we stack up against our given value systems of the day: This starts by begging the question, who sets the standards of what we value in the world? Well, WE do. And we do it in small and large ways,” she wrote on her blog.

“Our families: Our families tell us what is valued, thereby what our power is in our home and the world at large. Basically, what is approved of by mama and papa (and grandma and grandpa too) is what wins and gets the approval. Certainly, parents are well-meaning enough, but when who we are differs from what is valued in our house, is it any wonder why we have barely any dregs of self-valuation available after being hammered with their agenda?”

Alanis also revealed how it’s important to not think of ourselves as separate to anyone else.

“The thought that we are separate beings: This value system keeps us at odds with each other, and sets up the win-lose battle at the heart of our struggles, large and small,” she wrote.

“Through this lens, we believe that if someone else loses, that’s their loss, and we remain unaffected. We keep ourselves locked in the loneliness and depressing sense of disconnection that comes from such a separatist belief.”

Alanis Morissette Wasn’t Ready For Motherhood

Alanis Morissette and husband Mario Treadway take a walk in Brentwood, CA on August 28, 2011 with son Ever Treadway.Alanis Morissette who gave birth to son Ever Imre 11-months-ago has confessed she wasn’t prepared for motherhood. She says despite doing everything she could to learn about the birth she didn’t do enough research on actual parenting.

“I remain baffled at how little I was prepared for what was to come,” she wrote on her blog.

“I had used, as usual, the I’ll-rise-to-that-occasion-when-I-get-there approach to the post-child-bearing journey. So all my DVD-watching and focus went toward the birth experience itself, and how to prepare myself for that (as though I really could prepare for a Human. Being. Coming. Out. Of. My. Body).”

Morissette says when her son was born, the individual she had always “dreamed of becoming” was brought to life as well.

“Life literally and figuratively moved through me that morning of Dec. 25. Yet another example of life’s unsentimental and ruthless way of shaking me awake to the direct experience of being human … I had no idea the person I’d always dreamed of becoming was being born at the exact same time,” she added.