“I do remember crying every day” – Megan Gale’s postnatal depression battle

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Model mum Megan Gale and her fiancé Shaun Hampson have had a really rough trot over the last few years. 

Loss and mental ill health

When she chatted to podcast Tales From The Fourth Trimester, Megan noted that there was even more to the story and that the early days with now five-year-old River were particularly tough. (Megan and Shaun are also parents to nearly two-year-old Rosie.)
When River was just four weeks old, Shaun’s father Thomas very sadly passed away. The now mum-of-two was really up against it emotionally at the time, trying to support Shaun as well as care for her newborn son. 
Circumstances understandably began taking a toll on her mental and physical wellbeing at this point.
“Looking back, I think I may have had postnatal depression,” Megan said. “I felt like I was failing. I felt like the worst mum.”
Loaded up with responsibilities and trying to grieve the family’s loss as they celebrated baby River’s arrival, Megan says she felt overwhelmed and confused.
“There’s an immense amount of grief and sadness and loss yet you’re welcoming new life at the same time which is cause for celebration and it’s such a weird gamut of emotions to navigate through,” Megan explained.

“I do remember crying every day”

Just a couple of months later, when River was 14 weeks old, Meghan’s dad Alan also passed away. It was all too much for the new mum.
“I do remember crying every day, but I don’t think it was because of dad, I feel like it was because of feeling like I was not coping, feeling like I wasn’t getting by,” she said.
“It’s really hard to distinguish between, am I just tired and emotional?” Megan admitted. “Or is it hormones or am I a little bit depressed?”

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Thank you for making it feel like a safe space to share @cocoonbynaomi 💖💖 My podcast Ep on #talesfromthefourthtrimester is now live. Click the link in my bio to listen 🎧 📱 #repost ・・・ "I felt like I was failing…I felt like the worst mum": @megankgale didn't hold back when I chatted to her for this week's episode of #talesfromthefourthtrimester, and I am wholeheartedly grateful to her for lifting the veil on her two very different postpartum experiences without any shame or filtering. We covered grief and loss, miscarriage and marriage, breastfeeding and body pressures (just wait until you hear about what her then-contract entailed) and how motherhood changed the course of her career in a record-breaking long episode… because it turns out we both love a good old chat about babies. I hope you all enjoy listening in… and thank you so much, @megankgale ✨💛✨

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✨ GRATITUDE POST ✨ 1 of 2 Well I’m only a week in with my new business but already the response and reaction to it not to mention the support from everyone has been so overwhelmingly positive – so THANK YOU to everyone out there who is supporting @yourmindfullife 🙏🏼 On a more personal note I wanted to give a special thank you to my family and friends who have stood by me and supported me throughout this journey. It has challenged me like never before and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my loved ones. You all know who you are. Especially my Mum and Shaun who watched me crumple more than once when start up life got a bit too hard & when I felt like it was too big for me to tackle alone. They swiftly re-inforced my own mindful message to me, reminded me of the purpose for this business and assisted me in picking myself up and dusting myself off again and again and encouraged me to keep going. I couldn’t have done it without either of you. Oh and I must mention Shaun’s Mum too who, without her watchful eye and unparalleled care for our kids whilst we were both so busy, it wouldn’t have given me the comfort to go to work knowing that my bubs were in the best of hands 🤗 Thanks Nanna Dee ❤️❤️❤️

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A new normal

Thankfully things are much brighter in Megan’s world now as the family settle into their new normal.

Obviously, she and Shaun are still living with the loss of their dads, but she says she’s now learning to prioritise self-care – and to reach out when things are tough.

“You got to look after yourself so you can look after your baby. It’s OK to ask for help. It’s OK to say you’re not coping,” Megan advised other mums. 


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