The Coast vs Country star and her husband, the actor Ben Richards, became parents to a daughter Freya in 2015 and she has now revealed just how much she struggled in the days after her birth.
In a candid interview on today's Loose Women, Kirsty admitted she noticed the transition from what she thought was just the baby blues" into "something a lot darker".
It was so tough that she imagined her daughter was “like the devil” and she would cover her face because she was scared of her.
Revealing when she knew something wasn’t right, she said: “I think it was the moment I was breast feeding.
“We were living in a hotel room so I didn’t have my friends and family around me but I remember looking at her…
“Even when you were just introducing our story I was thinking it just sounds so ridiculous and even now the idea of being scared of your baby is so embarrassing but in the reality can you imagine looking down at your baby and see what was like the devil.”
Breaking down in tears, she explained: "She had this little glint in her eye that she was looking right through me. I was scared of her, but I knew I had to feed her because that was giving her life.
"Sometimes I'd even pull the muslin cloth or something slightly over [her], so I didn't have to have face-to-face [contact] with her – which was horrendous."
What are the signs and symptoms of postnatal depression?
- Many women can feel emotional and anxious after the birth of their child, commonly referred to as the “baby blues”, this will only last for a few weeks after giving birth.
- If these symptoms start to last longer the NHS advises that you could be suffering with postnatal depression.
- The symptoms include but are not limited to: a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in the outside world, as well as your baby, and a lack of energy.
- These signs can build up gradually so a lot of people don’t immediately identify that they have postnatal depression.
Kirsty revealed she was talking about the situation to encourage others to get help and to speak out about how they are feeling.
The star had a very difficult pregnancy but believes postnatal depression can affect anyone.
She said: "I really do believe it can happen to anyone. I don't think it matters on circumstances – I think if you're going to get it, you're going to get it.”
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