Jillian Michaels Says She Missed The Signs of Her Fiancée's Postpartum Depression
The fitness guru opens up about her struggles in a new book for first-time moms.
Our hearts were full when Jillian Michaels announced her engagement to long-time girlfriend Heidi Rhoades early last year. Now, the 42-year-old fitness guru is opening up about the difficulties the couple faced after welcoming their son into the world four years ago.
While discussing Yeah Baby!, her new book on motherhood, Michaels details the postpartum depression her partner Rhoades faced after the birth of their son. In an interview with PEOPLE, she stressed that the signs can often be difficult to detect. (Read: 6 Subtle Signs of Postpartum Depression)
"The fourth-trimester stuff is so important because I wasn't able to recognize that she had a certain amount of postpartum," she said. "I didn't know what was wrong, I didn't know how to help her."
Michaels is using her new book as a way to offer information that can help other parents better prepare when faced with similar situations. "...The world is a very scary place right now and the best way to combat that is by having the tools and the information. That's how you have peace of mind," she says.
"While everybody goes, 'Oh yeah, postpartum, I'm so scared of it,' I don't think they realize that it can come in so many different shapes and forms," Michaels continues. "I don't think they realize how their significant other might be feeling on both ends."
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, postpartum depression affects up to 19 percent of all women. Some symptoms include withdrawing from loved ones, crying more than usual, and feelings of inadequacy and disconnect with your newborn baby.
If you notice these symptoms or any concerning changes in your mood, get in touch with your doctor immediately. Other helpful resources include Postpartum Support International and the support center PPDMoms at 1-800-PPDMOMS.