Ivanka Trump Speaks Up About Secret Illness

September 21, 2017Sep 21, 2017

Ivanka Trump revealed in an interview this week that she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her three children. In a conversation with Dr. Oz, President Trump's oldest daughter, who is currently serving as a senior political adviser, explained that the period after the birth of each of her three children were very challenging times. 

"With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression," she said, according to the Washington Post. "It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive. I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way, the juxtaposition hit me even harder."

Ivanka Trump, 35, and her husband Jared Kushner, 36, have three children together. The youngest of the three, Theodore, was born in March of 2016 in the midst of the Republican primaries. 

"It's incredibly important," she said, according to CNN. "Look, I consider myself a very hard-charging person. I am ambitious. I'm passionate. I'm driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country."

You can watch part of the interview here. 

CNN reports that one in nine women experience postpartum depression. Mothers who have a personal and family history of depression, especially those who abuse alcohol, are more likely than others to experience symptoms. Other factors, including stress, low social support, and pregnancy or birth complications, are also factors that place a woman at risk. 

Trump then spoke out about working for her father President Donald Trump as an influential political adviser. She remarked that where she disagrees with her father's agenda, she will discuss it with him privately. But overall, she views herself as working to help her father through finding areas of commonality, in order to move forward with a common purpose. This is the role of an adviser, she believes. 

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