Frankie Bridge has opened up about being warned by doctors that she “might not survive her first pregnancy” if she stopped taking antidepressants.
The 32-year-old welcomed her first son Parker, with husband Wayne Bridge in 2013.
In an episode of Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Frankie got candid about her first pregnancy, admitting she went into it “quite naively”.
The Loose Women star had to make a “bigger decision on the anti-depressants", and wasn’t aware that pregnant women are sometimes advised against taking antidepressants.
"I stayed on mine. I didn’t know that was an option until that point,” Frankie explained.
"I remember talking to my doctor, he just said to me 'Frankie I just don’t think you can come off them', because I had been hospitalised for my mental health before,” she continued.
Frankie was hospitalised with depression in 2011.
She said her doctor informed her: “There is a real big chance you will have this baby and you won’t be around to be able to look after it.”
The singer got reassurances that she was able to continue taking the antidepressants while she was pregnant.
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She confessed that she found being pregnant “really difficult”, despite being overjoyed to be expecting her first child, as she struggled to accept her changing body.
"I really thought that while I was pregnant I would just be happy, because I had always wanted to be a mum and I always wanted to be pregnant. My body really changed, and again I had no control over it,” she said.
Frankie explained that during her pregnancy she first realised she “had an eaten disorder for quite a few years,” when for the first time she was able to enjoy food and eat when she was hungry, instead of controlling her food intake.
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But the “lack of control” negatively impacted her mental health, and she began to suffer from depression, which made her feel worse because “all you’ve wanted was to be pregnant.”
Earlier this year, the mum-of-two spoke out about suffering from “really bad withdrawals” after not taking her antidepressants for a few days.
Sharing to her followers on Instagram, Frankie said she’d forgotten to order more medication, and was unable to get a prescription for a few days.
"It's really weird, the only way I can describe it is you know that first thing when you have had a drink, and your eyes feel a bit funny and your head feels a bit numb and it feels like you’re in a bit of a dream?” she explained.
"So I feel really out of it, like I can’t really concentrate on anything and I'm getting bad headaches, I'm tired, I'm feeling sick. Just really not feeling myself,” Frankie added.
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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