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Britney Spears Is Pregnant With Baby #3, Opens Up About PPD, 'Thank Jesus We Don't Have To Keep It A Secret'
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  • Singer Britney Spears announced she is pregnant with her third child on Instagram. 

    The 40-year-old Princess of Pop is having his first baby with American-Iranian model and actor Sam Asghari, 28.

    "So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby," she posted. 

    Although some of her fans got confused with her post, her fiance, Sam Asghari confirmed this on his Instagram.

    He posted a photo of a family of lions, and expressed how he is excited to become a father.

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    "Marriage and kids are a natural part of a strong relationship filled with love and respect," he wrote.

    The 28-year-old went on saying, "Fatherhood is something i have always looked forward to and i don’t take lightly. It is the most important job i will ever do."

    His followers started to call him "Dadney," and even said "make Britney the happiest mom alive."

    As for Britney, who had been wanting to make more children, she said she will be making changes in her lifestyle to make sure that she and her baby will be healthy.

    "I obviously won’t be going out as much due to the paps," she said. "This time I will be doing yoga everyday! Spreading lots of joy and love!"

    She recounts having a perinatal depression in her previous pregnancy, and that she is grateful now that perinatal depression is being normalized. 

    "I have to say it is absolutely horrible ???? … women didn’t talk about it back then … some people considered it dangerous if a woman complained like that with a baby inside her … but now women talk about it everyday … thank Jesus we don’t have to keep that pain a reserved proper secret."

    Britney already has two teen sons: Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, from her previous marriage with Kevin Federline. 

    What is perinatal/postpartum depression?

    Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is the most common complication of childbirth, according to WHO.

    According to Dr. Theresa Castillo-Masilungan, a clinical psychologist, baby blues and postpartum depression have many symptoms in common.

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    What differentiate one from the other are the duration, the severity of the symptoms, and the factors that cause them.

    Symptoms of postpartum depression

    PPD symptoms last much longer than a few weeks and are more severe, so much so that they interfere with the mom’s ability to take care of her baby and accomplish daily tasks. The symptoms include:

    • Feeling sad, empty, worthless, hopeless, helpless, guilty, or ashamed
    • Anger, irritability, and sometimes even feeling rage and always lashing out
    • Crying all the time or for no reason
    • Always sleeping or not sleeping at all
    • Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed even by simple tasks
    • Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
    • Loss of appetite, significant weight change
    • Mood swings
    • Loss of interest, pleasure, or enthusiasm for activities that you used to love
    • Feeling emotionally disconnected from the baby, or partner, and family and unable to cope
    • Having death, harm, and suicidal thoughts 

    Britney shedding light on perinatal depression is one way to normalize the disorder, and encourage more moms to speak up and ask for help.

    What can you do to support moms with PPD?

    The first thing you can do is to assure them that they are doing a good job.

    You can also assure the mom that you are just here to support them, if they need any help from taking care of the baby to taking care of themselves.

    And finally, don't judge her based on her parenting choices. Every mom is different, and they should be treated with respect so that they can have the confidence to care for their child.

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    These small things can make a huge impact on the mom's mental health.

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