After four years of marriage, Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi welcomed a son in late April.
The Chinese actress, however, now suffers from postpartum depression, caused in part by her husband’s mother, according to Mirror Weekly.
Several incidents allegedly led to its onset, as detailed in the report.
Her mother-in-law was said to have put considerable pressure on her to conceive for years.
When the 32-year-old got pregnant, she stayed in Taiwan for months to prepare for the birth, which led to more friction with Nicky’s mum.
At one point, the situation reportedly forced Shishi to return to her Beijing home, where she broke down.
Netizens have also reacted unkindly to reports that the 48-year-old Taiwanese has been “stingy” with his wife.
The actor was said to have chosen Taipei for the delivery because the suite Shishi recovered in cost only NT$12,000 (S$520) per night, as compared to the Beijing facility fellow Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan stayed at, which came up to NT$30,000 daily.
The new parents were understandably overjoyed when they announced the baby’s arrival on Weibo on April 29.
They had met and fallen in love on the set of 2011 period drama Scarlet Heart.
Tips to help cope with postnatal depression
Childbirth is a stressful experience and coping with a baby in the first year is very demanding, both physically and psychologically.
Like Shishi, if you’re a new mum and find that you are not coping well, it’s important that you:
Be honest with yourself Pretending these feelings do not exist isn’t the answer. Denial of your worries won’t make them go away. The earlier they are tackled, the better.
Talk to your husband Tell him how you feel, even if your worries may seem silly. If you don’t have a partner, talk to your close friend or to your doctor.
Talk to other new mums You’ll be reassured to find that your experience is not unique, that others lack confidence, too. Sharing worries with others can be helpful.
Kick guilt into touch It’s not your fault that you feel this way. Nor is it your baby’s fault. In fact, it’s not anybody’s fault, it’s just one of those things.
Remember that these feelings usually pass in time As with most new tasks, your feelings of anxiety and depression will usually ease as you become more confident.
Get professional help If your anxiety, worries and low mood persist for, say more than eight weeks, speak to your doctor.
Click here to find out more about postnatal depression.
A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone; additional reporting by Young Parents
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