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  • Andi Eigenmann Believes Going Back to Siargao Will Help Her Cope With Postpartum Depression

    A week after opening up with her postpartum depression, Andi Eigenmann is returning to the island she’s been calling home.
    by Rachel Perez .
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    Nearly a week ago, Andi Eigenmann opened up about how postpartum depression feels like for her. She gave birth via C-section (CS) to her second daughter, Keliana Alohi, or Lilo for short, on July 23, 2019. She also asked for advice on how to cope with it.

    Based on her Instagram post on Saturday, August 10, 2019, the new mom of two and her partner, pro-surfer Philmar Alipayo, are traveling back home to Siargao in a couple of days. Andi believes getting some sun and a healthy dose of nature will help with her mental well-being.

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    “Sunny days are coming! From what I’ve read in the comments of my previous post on coping with PPD, one good tip is to get some sun!” Andi wrote. “I really believe going back to the island will definitely be helpful not just for me but for all of us!” she added.

    “Papa and I can’t wait to take you to your island home very soon!” Andi exclaimed about bringing Lilo to Siargao. While still in the city, Andi took Lilo to walks in the parks near their home.

    Andi and Philmar documented and shared their first day out with their newborn daughter, Lilo!
    PHOTO BY screenshots from @andieigengirl/Instagram Stories
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    Since announcing her second pregnancy, “the “part-time actress, full-time holistic living-island mama” has vowed to have a healthier pregnancy than her first. Andi has also been vocal about postpartum body changes and advocating self-love, “preparing my mind to accept myself for the way I will look even after giving birth, and the possibility of not ‘bouncing back.’”

    Andi has been chronicling her body changes from Day 1 after giving birth. Here, she shares her body at one week and two weeks postpartum.
    PHOTO BY screenshots from @andieigengirl/Instagram Stories
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    “What I didn’t realize is that there are also other aspects of being a new mom (again) that I may have needed to prepare my mind for as well. I neglected the part where emotional healing might be necessary too,” Andi admitted.

    The mom of two shared that she hasn’t been feeling herself lately—perhaps the sleepless nights have gotten to her. Andi revealed she’d cry when everyone else is asleep, feeling guilty and questioning her decisions that led to where she is now. “I read so much about caring for a newborn and prepping to be a new mom again, but I seemed to have ignored postpartum depression,” she said, “because it didn’t seem exciting.”

    “I guess this is what postpartum depression looks like to me,” Andi declared as she acknowledged it and sought advice from moms who have been through it.

    Andi received a lot of replies, from fellow moms’ own experiences with it, to pieces of advice on how to cope.
    PHOTO BY screenshots from @andieigengirl/Instagram Stories
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    Just within an hour, she received 92 comments, many of which are postpartum stories from fellow moms who also experienced it, and pieces of advice on how to cope. “Postpartum depression is real. Thank you guys for sharing your own stories and for the advice,” Andi replied.

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