Shay Mitchell is opening up about the anxiety pregnancy has given her.
In a new interview with lifestyle brand HATCH, the “Pretty Little Liars” alum got candid about how having a miscarriage led to serious depression after getting pregnant again.
“I previously had a miscarriage and that experience gave me anxiety about sharing the news of this pregnancy with anyone outside of our parents,” Mitchell says. “With the first pregnancy, I was elated and told everyone at eight weeks. However, I wanted to be sure that this second pregnancy would be viable before shouting it from the rooftops, so I hid it for nearly six months and became very antisocial.”
Mitchell adds, “Usually, I’m incredibly active and outgoing, but instead, I mainly stayed home to avoid stares and questions. I was extremely lonely.”
Looking forward to giving birth, Mitchell also admits to having anxiety about postpartum depression.
“As long as I can remember, I’ve heard about postpartum depression. However, to be depressed at the beginning came as a shock,” she says. “The isolation and anxiety I experienced was crippling. I thought I was going out of my mind and questioned why nobody ever talked to me about this phase.
“I’ve been fortunate since sharing the news of my pregnancy to have some amazing conversations with other pregnant women and moms and know that all these feelings are ‘normal’, so now we just need to normalize them by discussing more openly!”