After Jamie Chung and her husband welcomed twin boys, the actress revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression (PPD). She described feeling resentful, anxious, and angry – and says her family had to walk on eggshells around her. Sounds like PPD, right?
The only thing was … Chung didn’t carry the pregnancy. A surrogate did.
For a long time, PPD and PPA (postpartum anxiety) have long been thought to be caused by the changing hormones associated with pregnancy/childbirth. So if Chung didn’t carry her children … How could she be experiencing PPD? Is this just stress … and not “real” PPD?
The answer is: it’s not clear. Experts do believe that fluctuating hormones play a big role in PPD/PPA, but they now know that other factors may play a role – including having a history of anxiety or depression, having a history of infertility, having multiple births or complicated deliveries, and having a newborn admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Furthermore, some experts now believe that the act of childbirth may not be necessary for PPD.
Reading about Chung got us wondering …
? If giving birth isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for experiencing PPD … Who has the “right” to go through it? Could a dad experience PPD as well? Could a nanny, a grandmother, or someone else close to the child?