Alanis Morissette Talks Preventing Postpartum Depression With Her Third Child

Alanis Morissette is expecting her third child, and she’s taking stock of the lessons she learned from her previous pregnancies.

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In a new article at Self, the Canadian singer opens up about suffering from postpartum depression and how she plans to deal with it this time.

Alanis Morissette. Photo: Steph Wilson
Alanis Morissette. Photo: Steph Wilson

“I had postpartum depression both times, both kids, just basically feels like tar had taken over my whole body and I was just underwater and I kept having that image of wanting to get above the wave,” the 45-year-old said.

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Alanis Morissette. Photo: Steph Wilson
Alanis Morissette. Photo: Steph Wilson

“First time around I didn’t seek help for a year and four months…and the second time I waited four months,” she continued. “This time around I am not even waiting four minutes, I am going to be like, ‘Okay, everybody, even if I say I am okay I want you to resist believing me.’

“Depression has a way of taking away self-perception in a way it clouds things. I am actually going to need support and I am not going to push it away.”

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