‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Revealed She Had Postpartum Depression

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond often seems completely satisfied and carefree, however there was a time when this wasn’t the case. Here’s what the Food Network star as soon as mentioned about her battle with postpartum despair.

Ree Drummond says she began to really feel unhappy on her approach dwelling from the hospital

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

In her ebook Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Drummond remembers the day she and her husband, Ladd Drummond (often known as Marlboro Man), took their first-born daughter, Alex, dwelling from the hospital. Drummond says she felt like she ought to have been completely satisfied, however she didn’t really feel the best way she thought a brand new mom ought to really feel.

 “I ought to have been
so completely satisfied—I had the man and the newborn and she or he was wholesome and the solar was shining—however
it didn’t really feel proper to me, the entire leaving-the-hospital factor,” wrote
Drummond. “I wasn’t prepared in any respect. I’d simply gotten used to the beeping of the
displays and the coziness of the nice and cozy, safe hospital room.”

Drummond says she was used to being in a secure atmosphere the place the nurses checked on her repeatedly and other people the place there across the clock to care for her. The “accidental country girl” says a part of her reluctance to go dwelling stemmed from the uncertainty that awaited her at dwelling as soon as she settled into her new life as a mom.

Ree Drummond says she felt alone

Ree Drummond |Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for HearstRee Drummond |Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst
Ree Drummond |Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst

Although Drummond was with Ladd, she says she felt alone. Dark
feelings started to grip her as she and her husband drove away from the hospital and
towards their dwelling. “When Marlboro Man pulled away from the hospital, it hit me:
immediately, I felt determined and alone,” mentioned Drummond in her ebook.

 “Pressing my face
towards the window, I acted like I used to be asleep… and quietly sobbed the entire approach
dwelling. I wished my mother, however I’d pushed her away to the purpose the place she was
holding her distance out of respect for my needs.” Drummond says she wished
she hadn’t pushed her mom away and she or he wished her to be with the household
throughout that second.  

Drummond says she additionally discovered breastfeeding to be difficult.
“My milk had burst onto the scene with a vengeance and consuming turned the newborn’s
new vocation,” Drummond mentioned. “The subsequent two weeks of her life marked the tip of
my life as I knew it; I used to be up all night time, a hag all day, and Marlboro Man was
fully on is personal. I wished nothing to do with anybody on earth, my husband
included.”

Food supplied consolation for Ree Drummond

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Drummond says she discovered consolation within the meals her household despatched to
her throughout her restoration. Casserole and angel meals cake proved to be a lifesaver.
“Marlboro Man and I ate items of casserole his mother had left in our fridge
earlier within the day,” wrote Drummond. “For dessert we feasted on a do-it-yourself angel
meals cake his grandmother, Edna Mae, had introduced by. Edna Mae’s angel meals
muffins had been gentle… fluffy… excellent… It was the lifeblood for my postpartum physique.”

Another meals that introduced consolation and pleasure to Drummond had been
her mom’s cinnamon rolls. “When I sunk my fork right into a completed roll and took
my first chunk, I swear I heard the comforting voice of my mother, who I noticed,
had drenched my childhood with extra love and affection and enjoyable than any baby
ought to have,” Drummond mentioned. “I imagined her smile… and smiled, too.”

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