Ileana D’Cruz details Struggle with Postpartum Depression

In a lengthy Instagram post, Ileana D’Cruz opened up about motherhood and her battle with postpartum depression.

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"Truth is it’s been incredibly tough some days."

Ileana D’Cruz, who welcomed her son Koa Phoenix Dolan in August 2023, took to Instagram to share her candid thoughts on grappling with postpartum depression.

In a heartfelt post accompanying a selfie, Ileana shed light on the challenges of balancing motherhood with self-care and the importance of acknowledging the reality of postpartum depression.

The Bollywood star, known for her roles in films like Rustom and Main Tera Hero, has been open about her journey into motherhood since giving birth.

In her Instagram post, Ileana candidly expressed the difficulties she faces in finding time for herself amidst the demands of being a full-time mother and managing household responsibilities.

She confessed to often being in pyjamas and a messy bun, prioritising her son’s needs over her own.

Ileana D’Cruz wrote: “It’s been a while since I’ve really taken a photo of myself or posted something on here.

“Between being a full-time mama and keeping house, I don’t seem to find time for myself.

“I’m mostly in pjs and a messy unattractive mom bun to keep my hair away from my munchkin’s little grabby hands and so the thought of pouting for a selfie just doesn’t really cross my mind haha.

“Truth is it’s been incredibly tough some days. Being sleep-deprived doesn’t help lol.

“Definitely not trying to come across as complaining because this darling child has been the most beautiful thing to happen to me.

“But we just don’t talk about postpartum depression enough. It’s very real. And it’s an incredibly alienating feeling.

“And I’m trying every day to work on making some time to get myself feeling better. A 30min workout and 5 min shower post that works wonders really. But sometimes I can’t manage that.

“So what I’m trying to say is I’m working on coming back here and giving you a glimpse into my new life now. Which I love by the way – there’s so many amazing things that have happened to me and it’s been an emotionally overwhelming journey.

“I just haven’t been one of those moms who’ve ‘bounced back’ immediately.

“I’m being kinder on myself and my body and getting to a stronger healthy me at my own pace.

“But I’m coming back. That’s all. Thanks for sticking around and reading.”

Fans praised her for highlighting her struggles and applauded her for her strength in navigating through difficult times as a new mother.

One said: “Thank you for posting this… we need to educate more about postpartum depression which is not understood at all.

“Thank you for sharing Ileana and letting people know that sometimes it is ok to be not ok.”

In response to Ileana D’Cruz’s post, another follower commended her for being real and strong.

Another expressed: “I honestly feel no one bounces right back.

“Some just aren’t upfront about these very real issues and the rest just assume they’re doing better than the rest of us.”

As Ileana continues to navigate the ups and downs of motherhood, she remains committed to being kinder to herself and prioritising her well-being at her own pace.

Her openness about her journey with postpartum depression serves as a reminder that it’s okay to seek help and support during challenging times.



Vidushi is a storyteller who loves exploring new cultures through travel. She enjoys crafting stories that connect with people everywhere. Her moto is "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."





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