Having a baby changes every single aspect of your life, and there's no escaping that. Doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, famous or unknown, prepared or taken by surprise. From the moment you find out you're pregnant, life as you know it is changed forever. And it's a good thing! If you choose to pursue motherhood, the changes that come with it are hard but so, so worth it. However, many women experience something that is different than the adjustments we expect after having a baby. As many as 1 in 5 women will suffer from postpartum depression following the birth of a child. It's an incredibly serious condition and can endanger the lives of mother and child if left untreated. But as with any mental illness, there's still a stigma attached to PPD. That's why it's so important for people to speak out and share their stories, especially if those people have a huge platform. Cardi B is having quite possible the hottest year ever right now, and we love her to pieces. We love her even more after reading about her experience with PPD following the birth of her daughter Kulture last summer. The rapper opened up to Harper's Bazaar in a new interview, and it's so refreshing to hear stars get real about the struggles moms face.
It's hard to imagine someone like Cardi B, who pretty much has it all, struggling at all, right? But that's the thing about PPD: it doesn't care who you are. And Cardi admits in the interview that she was surprised by it after having Kulture, who she calls KK. She told the magazine, "I thought I was going to avoid it. When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’ But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders." It happens like that so often! One day you're floating on air, happier than you've ever been, and then suddenly you feel as though you're stuck in a dark hole with no way out.
Cardi goes on to say that she didn't end up getting help, because she has a really hard time trusting anyone besides those in her innermost circle. It's definitely hard to reach out, but please know if you're struggling, there is help out there for you!
All in all, Cardi gets really candid about motherhood in this interview, and we fell so much more in love with her after reading it. From struggling with being a working mom (she dropped out of a lucrative tour with Bruno Mars because she didn't want to leave KK for so long) to lamenting that she still doesn't quite feel right in her new post-baby body, she tells it like it is. And sometimes, that's what we all need to hear.