The more you know. Nine years after becoming a mom, Ayesha Curry is looking back at her postpartum experiences and the depression she didn’t realize she suffered from.
The Canada native, 32, “felt like a failure” when she stopped breast-feeding daughter Ryan at 6 months, she said during a Wednesday, October 20, episode of the “Because Life” podcast, adding, “Now, I can say without a shadow of a doubt [that] I had postpartum depression. But I didn’t know what that was at that time.”
The Seasoned Life author continued, “It’s not anything we talked about with our moms. It was this invisible thing. They didn’t experience that? I don’t know. But it was pretty bad when I look back at it.”
The Ayesha’s Homemade star, who also shares Riley, 9, and Canon, 3, with husband Stephen Curry, considers herself to be “really, really good at hiding [her] feelings, trying to make everyone else OK and suppressing all of the things.”
Because of this trait, Ayesha’s depression “manifested itself” in a breast augmentation in 2016, which she called the “worst decision” of her life. The surgery led to “normal depression,” and the Food Network personality began taking medication.
“It’s been a journey,” she explained on Wednesday. “It was the worst three years of my life. I feel like I lost three years. Life started to become blurry. When I look back on that time, I was always tired, I was always saying I was sick, I always just wasn’t much fun to be around.”
The former Great American Baking Show host first opened up about her battle with postpartum depression during a May 2019 interview, telling Working Mother magazine that it “lingered” for some time.
“It came in the form of me being depressed about my body. So I made a rash decision,” Ayesha said at the time. “The intention was just to have them lifted, but I came out with these bigger boobs I didn’t want. I got the most botched boob job on the face of the planet. They’re worse now than they were before. I would never do anything like that again, but I’m an advocate of, if something makes you happy, who cares about the judgement?”
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The Sweet July Productions creator met her husband, 33, in a church youth group as teenagers. She wed the professional basketball player in July 2011.
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