Drummond Says She Had Postpartum Depression

Drummond Says She Had Postpartum Depression

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond often talks about her children and what they were like as children. She also talks about her pregnancy and childbirth experiences. Here’s what the Food Network star says was her highest pregnancy desire.

The Pioneer Woman: Drummond Says She Had Postpartum Depression

In her book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story, Drummond reveals that after the birth of her first child, Alex, she suffered from postpartum depression. She says it was difficult to get out of bed and get dressed, and breastfeeding was a challenge.

“I should have been so happy – I had the husband and the baby and she was healthy and the sun was shining – but it didn’t feel good for me, the whole leaving the hospital thing,” writes Ree Drummond. “I wasn’t ready at all. I had just gotten used to the beeping of the monitors and the coziness of the warm, safe hospital room.”

The Pioneer Woman: Ree Had Tough Deliveries With Her Children

Ree Drummond says she also had heavy deliveries. In a 2006 blog post, she told her readers about the pain she experienced in giving birth to her third child, Bryce. She got epidural pains in her previous children after she had been unable to endure natural childbirth, but she decided to try natural childbirth again with her third baby.

“Four years ago today I gave birth to my third child,” says Drummond. “For my previous two deliveries, I had decided to have my babies naturally – without the help of analgesic medication – and had failed miserably both times, begging for it, and finally, within 15 minutes of the first severe contractions… When it came time to give birth to my third baby, I tried again! And guess what else? I made it.

Unfortunately, Ree Drummond says the pain was unbearable. She decided at the last minute to ask for an epidural, but it was too late. She confessed that she was in so much pain that she grabbed the nurse’s arm and begged for an epidural, and later told her that her voice was “bugging” her. This is what Ree Drummond said about her giving birth:

But contractions? Yeah. Have you ever had one? It’s not a cliché, folks. It’s, without a doubt, the most all-encompassing, mind-expanding, total-body, hiney-cringing, inscrutable pain I’ve ever known. And it’s not like you get your eyebrows waxed or have an ingrown toenail removed, where it hurts so much it makes your groin tickle and almost feels good.

Work is so bad that you forget the good. When it comes to a woman who works, there is no good in the world, there is no baby at the end of this torture, and even if there is, who cares? Just let the pain stop.

Written by Emma Fisher

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