Sophia Majid, 37, added an intriguing element for her life as a mum-of-four by becoming a celebrity make-up artist to celebrities like Danielle Lloyd, Harriette Harper and The X Factor’s Caitlyn Albeck.
But life has not been all glamour for her, last year during her fourth pregnancy Sophia was struck with the rarely mentioned pre-natal depression, and now she wants to offer suggestions and warnings to all new mums, such as Cheryl and Jennifer Metcalfe.
Her issues started to creep upon her, when Sophia started to get horrible insomnia.
She said: “I’ve an illness that meant I needed to stay in hospital for 5 years, and it was after that I started to observe a rapid change in my moods.
“I got nervous and this made me begin panicking. The panic was so bad that tell them and I chose to return to the hospital. I was crying because I could not sleep and I advised them I felt like I was going to do anything serious if I didn’t get any sleep. They admitted me and sedated me safely so I could sleep.”
Sophia continued: “I didn’t know what was happening to me personally. I was just on border and believed it was insufficient sleep. My spouse didn’t understand it either and believed if I slept then I’d feel far better, but it was not that simple.”
After being in hospital for a few days Sophia discharged herself so that she could get home to her three kids.
However, her symptoms didn’t get any better and she said: “I just felt extremely worried at the smallest thing and everything got to me and I felt so down.
“As if I had this black cloud over me. I felt tired and anxious and I could not relax or concentrate. I simply wanted this feeling to go away and it would not.”
She reasoned that it sounded like she was suffering from prenatal depression, after speaking to some friends.
“I then moved to the doctor and she provided me anti depressants that I really didn’t want as I was pregnant and I was fearful that I’d get hooked on them — or the infant would as I had read that that could happen.
“So they put me onto a waiting list for counselling as I was pregnant and higher priority I’d be seen straight away, but the wait was to much and my scenario was overly urgent so I moved and got confidential counselling which was very pricey.”
Sophia was also told that she was at high risk of post natal depression that really put her and once she’d had experienced the baby.
“I was fearful that I was not likely to feel a bond with my baby and was not likely to have the ability to look after it.
“I had heard that people suffered from it, but I didn’t know what the symptoms were and didn’t realise that it cause you to feel so awful. Now having endured it and read up on it I believe as more emphasis should be given to it as so many women do go through it.”
Sophia now just wants to help other mothers who may undergo the issues she had and never know exactly what.
“When it comes to famous new mums like Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Metcalfe, I’d say be honest and true to your self.
“If you aren’t happy, you feel down, can not sleep or can not bond with your baby, talk to a professional and let them know. Speak to family and friends about it too. Just brushing it under the carpet won’t make it go away.
“Also never put yourself down, motherhood isn’t simple and every baby differs and you’re going to be doing an wonderful job however you are doing this.”
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