Emmerdale’s Charley Webb Shares Experience of PNDby Laura Driver
Emmerdale’s Charley Webb has shared her story of postnatal depression after giving birth to Buster, 10, Bowie, four and 10-month-old Ace Gene.
Charley shared a picture of her family together for the first time, just hours after Ace was born. She told her Instagram followers: “I can’t lie, I find being pregnant really hard but at the same time, I do know how lucky I am to be able to fall pregnant pretty easily / at all. I had horrendous sickness with all three of the boys which pretty much lasted my whole pregnancies. I found it so hard to be able to function, all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep. Something that gets harder when you’ve got others running around. I know it could have been a lot worse so I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest. My births, on the other hand, have all been amazing. I suffered with postnatal depression after Buster which I didn’t realise at the time.”
Charley explained: “With Bowie, I was so aware how I felt before that I really managed things much better. I made sure I got him in a routine really early on and for me, I think that helped me (I’m a bit of a control freak). The jump from 2-3 I found the hardest. Luckily Ace is a really good baby but suddenly there’s more of them than there is of you. As I’ve got older (and had more babies) I’ve learnt that talking to friends and being honest with how I’m feeling has been the best thing for me. That would be my biggest piece of advice, be honest, be truthful. No feelings are wrong, no matter what they are. We all have good days and bad and that’s ok.”
Charley then urged her followers to share their own experiences as part of the My Expert Midwife campaign. She explained: ‘For every story and experience about your journey to motherhood shared using the hashtag #myexpertmidwifeXpanda @My_Expertmidwife will donate £1 to @Pandas_UK to support women suffering and help end the stigma around maternal mental health.’