Kendra Wilkinson didn’t need an prescription to conquer a bout of postpartum depression – just a dose of cardio with a side of clean eating.
The former Girls Next Door star – who welcomed son Hank IV with hubby Hank Baskett IV in 2009 – openly discusses her struggles adjusting to motherhood and the difficulty of dropping the dreaded baby weight.
Not only did the buxom bombshell feel that the pregnancy ruined her famous figure but she also felt both internal and external pressure to return to her pre-baby bod only weeks after baby Hank was born.
Kendra reveals that carrying the extra pounds caused her to dress and act differently and become someone she wasn’t.
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. 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. 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. (Motherhood is) a big change in life and it happened overnight. ”
Kendra claims the daily struggles of being a new mom coupled with the scrutinous public eye only seemed to exacerbate her depression.
“At the time I was doing whatever I could for the baby, but I lost myself and it was really frustrating. Being in the spotlight is a lot of pressure about losing the weight, (especially) coming from the Playboy world.” she says.
Although the former Playboy Playmate has regained her shapely physique and unwavering confidence, she still feels that postpartum depression in an issue that needs more recognition and awareness.
“A lot of women suffer from PPD (postpartum depression). It needs to be talked about.”