Actress Mitchelle Shay of 'The Pretty Little Liars' shows off baby bump as she expects her first child with boyfriend Matte Babel.
The 32-year-old star had previously gone through a heartbreaking miscarriage in January, after joyfully expecting her-then- first child.
For the very first time since then, the actress has openly discussed her previous pregnancy and miscarriage in an emotional video, stating that she lost her first pregnancy due to depression.
She said she was 'paranoid' that people would think she was gaining weight when her body began to change, and that as a result, she began to suffer from 'prepartum depression'.
In a HatchLand blog posted Friday, she said: 'I previously had a miscarriage and that experience gave me anxiety about sharing the news of this pregnancy with anyone outside of our parents. With the first pregnancy, I was elated and told everyone at eight weeks. 'However, I wanted to be sure that this second pregnancy would be viable before shouting it from the rooftops, so I hid it for nearly six months and became very antisocial.
'Usually, I'm incredibly active and outgoing, but instead, I mainly stayed home to avoid stares and questions. I was extremely lonely.'
'As long as I can remember, I've heard about postpartum depression. However, to be depressed at the beginning came as a shock. The isolation and anxiety I experienced was crippling. I thought I was going out of my mind and questioned why nobody ever talked to me about this phase' she said.
'I've been fortunate since sharing the news of my pregnancy to have some amazing conversations with other pregnant women and moms and know that all these feelings are "normal," so now we just need to normalize them by discussing more openly!'
'I was able to come out on my terms in exactly the way that I wanted. I was a little nervous that at some point a photo would be released before I was ready to talk about the pregnancy. I'm so happy it all worked out as I had hoped,' the excited actress told maternity lifestyle brand HATCH.
Shay is due to give birth this month.