Emmerdale star Charley Webb, 32, has shared a candid Instagram post about the difficulties she encountered during her pregnancies with her three children; Buster, 10, Bowie, four, and 10-month-old Ace. The actress shared a family photo with her 441,000 followers, which was taken shortly after Ace was born.
In the snap, Charley was pictured in hospital with her sons and husband Matthew Wolfenden, 40, who was cradling their newborn.
Alongside the picture, the mum-of-three opened up about suffering from postnatal depression and “horrendous” morning sickness.
She wrote: “This is our first picture as a five. A couple of hours after Ace was born I can’t lie, I find being pregnant really hard but at the same time I do know how lucky I am to be able to fall pregnant pretty easily/at all.
“I had horrendous sickness with all three of the boys which pretty much lasted my whole pregnancy.
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“I found it so hard to be able to function, all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep. Something that gets harder when you’ve got others running around.”
Charley went on to insist that she was “not complaining” about her experience, but that she wanted to be “honest”.
She continued: “I know it could have been a lot worse so I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest.
“My births on the other hand have all been amazing. I suffered with post natal depression after Buster which I didn’t realise at the time.
Charley Webb spoke about her candid post in a video
Charley Webb and her husband Matthew Wolfenden
“With Bowie I was so aware how I felt before that I really managed things much better. I made sure I got him in a routine really early on and for me, I think that helped me (I’m a bit of a control freak).
“The jump from two to three I found the hardest. Luckily Ace is a really good baby but suddenly there’s more of them than there is of you.”
Charlie went on to encourage her fellow mums to share their issues with friends to “help end the stigma around maternal mental health”.
She added: “As I’ve got older (and had more babies) I’ve learnt that talking to friends and being honest with how I’m feeling has been the best thing for me.
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“That would be my biggest piece of advice, be honest, be truthful. No feelings are wrong, no matter what they are. We all have good days and bad and that’s ok. I’d love to hear your stories.
“For every story and experience about your journey to motherhood shared using the hashtag #myexpertmidwifeXpandas @My_Expertmidwife l’ll donate £1 to @Pandas_UK to support women suffering and help end the stigma around maternal mental health.”
Fans took to the comments section of Charley’s post to share their thoughts.
One person wrote: “Two to three is such a hard jump…but once they get to about two it’s the best jump.”
Another added: “Beautiful picture, thank you for sharing your story.”
A third fan commented: “As a mum of three boys this sums it up!”
Charley’s honest post comes after she admitted she has been suffering from “terrible” anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The actress told OK! Magazine: “I’ve had terrible health anxiety.
“At the start, it was really bad because I’d be constantly on my phone reading about the virus or watching the news to the point I couldn’t stop crying.”