Ivanka Trump Reveals Her Secret Struggle With Postpartum Depression

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Ivanka Trump Reveals Her Secret Struggle With Postpartum Depression

America's First Daughter gave the world a painful and honest look at her private life in a new TV interview.

Ivanka Trump, 35, is President Trump's daughter, his Special Advisor, and the former vice president of the Trump Organization. She's also married to Jared Kushner, 36, another one of Trump's advisers. While they're generally a private couple, they've offered a few glimpses into their fast-paced lives.

On her Instagram account, Ivanka shares the sweet, everyday family moments that go on behind the scenes in the White House. She even captured her youngest son Theodore's first steps.

Along with one-year-old Theodore, the couple also have a three-year-old son named Joseph and a six-year-old daughter named Arabella.

This week on The Doctor Oz Show, Ivanka let the world see a side of her she usually doesn't show, revealing that she suffered from postpartum depression after all three of her children's births.

"It was a very challenging emotional time for me," she explains, "because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive."

Ivanka even revealed that she relied on a special treatment for her depression symptoms...

When she was feeling worn out, Ivanka told Dr. Oz that she would "recharge" with some meditation.

Just 15 to 20 minutes of mindfulness each morning made her feel relaxed and ready to face the challenges of the day. While the White House insider admits she didn't plan on discussing her condition, she felt it was too important to ignore.

"It's incredibly important," she told the host. "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."

As many as 10-15% of women are believed to suffer from PPD, according to Postpartum Progress. The recommended treatment is counseling and behavioral therapy, but just hearing messages of support from other women who live with the condition can be helpful.

That's why other celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Adele have shared their own experiences with PPD.

Later on in the same interview, Ivanka also adressed her relationship with the president. She explains that while she doesn't always see eye to eye with her father, "I will share it with him quietly" because "I'm not a decision maker."

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