It’s hard to imagine Melissa Rycroft as anything but super-bubbly, the reality star admits she is struggling through some post-partum depression since she and husband Tye Strickland welcomed daughter Ava last year.
Ava told Us Weekly that after she welcomed her daughter, severe post-partum depression sent her into a “bad, dark place.”
She admits that the surprise of getting pregnant just months after they wed in December of 2009 may have had something to do with those feelings. “We had a baby in our five-year plan, but we weren’t trying. There was excitement but shock too,” she said.
During her pregnancy she experienced erratic feelings with got even worse once Ava was born.
She said, “Almost immediately I didn’t feel right. I had just given birth to this perfect baby, but absolutely nothing made me happy anymore. I had no idea what was wrong. I had these great blessings, but I felt empty. I’d put Ava in her crib and go outside and scream for a minute.”
She even began to resent her husband for his busy work and life schedule.When Ava was about 3 months old, Melissa knew she needed to take control of the feelings she was having.
She said, “I told Tye, ‘I don’t know how to make this better. I need help.’”
She continued, “Now Tye and I go once a week [to therapy]. We talk about getting over my guilt, and the tears really flow. She reaffirms that what’s going on is chemical. But talking to someone is only going to help so much until my body gets back to the way it was.”
Melissa and Tye do want to have another child, but not until Melissa is “100 percent healthy and back to [her] best emotional state.”