"I was without a partner": Jenna Dewan gets honest about suffering from post-partum anxiety
"Chan wasn't available to be with us for the most part."
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum welcomed their daughter Everly into the world in 2013. Becoming a parent for the first time is quite a momentous feeling, but as new mums know too well, it can also be an extremely overwhelming and anxiety-ridden chapter of your life.
Jenna Dewan recently opened up about the impact those early days of motherhood had on her mental health. The actress, who split from Tatum in 2019, said he wasn't around a lot when their daughter was born.
She said returning to work and his hectic work life made her new role as a mum all the more difficult.
Dewan explained that she returned to work quite soon after having her baby girl. She told the Dear Gabby podcast, "I had to travel with her and at the time, Chan wasn't available to be with us for the most part. So, it was me, my doula, and Evie all by ourselves traveling at six weeks."
She explained how this led to a lot of "post-partum anxiety."
"I did have her on set with me constantly. It was just really difficult," she explained.
The mum-of-two said that she never gave herself a break, "It was like, I just never stopped. You know, you're up a couple times in the night and then you're working all day. I was breastfeeding, I was pumping, I was without a partner, I mean it was just craziness."
The Step Up star and her partner Steve Kazee welcomed a child together in March 2020, just before COVID-19 took over the world.
The mum admitted that she had a completely different experience with her baby boy Callum.
"I was home and in this love nest and it was different," she said reflecting on the earlier days of the pandemic. She explained that being home with her family and her newborn helped her feel more grounded compared to when she welcomed her first child.
It is believed Dewan and Tatum share joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter Everly.