First daughter and adviser to the president Ivanka Trump has revealed that she battled postpartum depression following all three of her pregnancies.
“With each of my three children I had some level of postpartum depression,” Mrs. Trump, who is married to Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, said in an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz during a taping of “The Dr. Oz Show,” set to air Thursday.
“It was a very challenging, emotional time for me,” she said. “Because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent, or as an entrepreneur, or as an executive.
“I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder,” she added.
Mrs. Trump said she hadn’t planned to reveal such a personal aspect of her life, but agreed it’s an “incredibly important” issue that affects thousands of mothers.
“I consider myself a very hard-charging person, I am ambitious, I’m passionate, I’m driven. But this is something that affects parents all over the country,” she said.
Approximately one in nine women experience postpartum depression after childbirth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In another part of the interview, Mrs. Trump opened up about what it’s like to work for her father in the White House, and how she doesn’t feel it’s her place to “moderate” the president like many of her critics have suggested.
“I think that my role, and anyone who works for the President of the United States, their role is to inform, advise and then ultimately execute,” she said. “So I’m not the decision-maker. I have my views and I share them candidly and as a daughter I have the latitude to do that, but I also respect the process and my father is now president and the American people elected him based on his agenda and my job isn’t to undermine that agenda, it’s to embrace the areas where there’s commonality and there are so many areas.
“Where I disagree with the agenda, I’ll share it with him quietly but I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate and I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity,” she said.