Washington: One of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson has finally bounced back from postpartum depression.
Wilkinson admitted that she felt like a “different person” after welcoming her son Hank nearly two years back.
“[After I had a baby,] I felt like I had to be a different person. I had to be conservative and wear turtlenecks and be someone that I wasn’t,” she told People mag.
“Now that I have my body back and I feel good again, I have the perfect amount of balance. It’s all about finding the balance,” she added.
However, learning to juggle her family of three — including husband Hank Baskett — and still maintain her own sense of self was anything but easy for the ‘Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My Sexy Back’ author, who has been open about her battle with postpartum depression.
“It got pretty bad, [but] not to the point where I would harm my family. I was a great mom and did what I needed to, but I was definitely very depressed,” she said.
“[Motherhood is] a big change in life and it happened overnight,” she added.
For the glamour model, 26, she believes the problem began when all of her attention turned toward her son, leaving little time for herself. And when she felt the public pressure to regain her body after baby, the reality star admitted the heat became too much to handle.
“At the time I was doing whatever I could for the baby, but I lost myself and it was really frustrating,” she said.
“Being in the spotlight is a lot of pressure about losing the weight, [especially] coming from the Playboy world,” she added.
Noting that “a lot of women suffer from PPD,” Wilkinson hopes that sharing her story offers a support system for others facing the same struggles.
Now happily settled into her new lifestyle, Wilkinson admitted she has learned to “still have a lot of fun” — albeit to the beat of a different drum.
“It’s a whole different life, but a better life,” she said.