Postpartum depression does not happen to all women after giving birth, but studies show many have struggled with it.
Actress-comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto, 39, was one of them.
But now, she is feeling good and looking slim, a hard-won victory that she showed off on Instagram last Wednesday, February 14.
In the caption, Rufa Mae briefly recalled her bout with postpartum depression, mostly caused by the extra weight she gained during her pregnancy with Baby Alexandra, her daughter with husband Trevor Magallanes.
She recalled, "In a few days, first birthday of my baby girl @alexandriamagallanes, not for anything , akala ko hinde na babalik ang body ko, I gave birth Feb 17, 2017- cs 8.4 lbs.
"Akala ko, na walwal na body ko kasi super eat ako while pregnant and breastfeeding, I ate everything I crave, para maging healthy anak ko, maging complete siya while in my womb.
"So I can breastfeed so my husband @trevvvsilog will be happy. he told me I'll be happiest if you breastfeed pure to our daughter !!)
"para sa anak namin go go go pure breastfeeding! Siyempre eat pa more!"
As a result, the former Kapuso actress gained more than 80 pounds during her pregnancy.
When the euphoria over being a first-time mom simmered down, Rufa Mae said she became depressed.
She wrote, "Grabe, ang feelings ko when I see myself in the mirror after giving birth, Sabi ko anyare?
"Post partum begins I cry everyday (kung anu-ano feelings ko) nagmigrate Kami sa states, Ang macho ko na, nakakalalake ang body ko sa laki ko, 80+ lbs na-gain ko.
"Tapos na miss ko career ko, lahat kayo na miss ko especially myself !!! (I always love myself, priority ko Lang maging asawa at ina, Inuna ko sila)."
Rufa Mae did not give details how she managed to shed off her excess weight.
Based on her caption, it seemed Rufa Mae simply psyched herself into wellness with positive thoughts.
She said, ”Pero ngayon, I can say na mabuti Pala ginawa ko lahat yun para sa family ko, sa asawa ko para sa pag mamahal, kinalimutan ko sarili ko para maging asawa at ina. Sabi ko lahat ng sacrifices ko may ka palit naman to."
Rufa Mae added that she now has learned to balance her time and focus on wellness.
"I told myself, I've been into myself 38 years of my life ... Pero after giving birth Sabi ko, oh well... time to shine...
"this valentines, I will start to focus with myself... keeping my mind body and soul healthier... truly love wins... happiest valentines to all. AYOS DIN"