Olivia Bowen: ‘I suffered from post-natal depression after giving birth to Abel’

It's been 16 months since Olivia Bowen became a mother, welcoming beautiful baby boy Abel as she and her husband Alex became a family of three.

Appearing a true natural, the Love Island star often shares sweet parenting updates to social media and updates her followers on her journey. But talking with OK! this week, Olivia candidly admitted that she has been struggling with her mental health recently and is coming to terms with the fact that she had post-natal depression after giving birth.

She explained: "I've had quite a hard time in the last 3 or 4 months. I think I did actually suffer from post-natal depression and it turned into bad anxiety. So, I ended up back in therapy a couple of months ago."

Olivia had a traumatic birth while welcoming Abel, preparing for a Caesarean birth but eventually giving birth with the help of forceps and two strong pushes in the lengthy 30-hour labour.

Continuing that she is finally seeing the light, Olivia shared: "It was quite a hard time and I feel like I’m finally coming out the other side of it now, I’ve finally asked for help and accepted the way I feel. It’s been really nice to get validation from a therapist and talk it through to dismantle little things that have happened to me.

"I definitely feel like I’m in a better place now and I recommend to any mum, reach out and ask for help, it isn’t normal to feel super, super down. If you’re really struggling then you need to ask for help."

There to support Olivia has been her husband Alex, who she met on the second rebooted series of the smash hit reality show Love Island back in 2016. The couple have gone from strength to strength ever since, recently celebrating their son's first birthday together.

Now feeling better in herself, Olivia is celebrating the launch of her new partywear edit for clothing brand Quiz.

"With this Quiz edit, I wanted to make sure there was something in there for everyone," said Olivia. Adding: "I was a little bit nervous shooting the collection and it was my first shoot for something this big.

"I wanted to feel confident and I really did, which was amazing. It was really good fun and I felt good, which is what I want for all of the women wearing it."

The Olivia Bowen Edit at QUIZ, launched on 25th October and will be available in store and online at www.quizclothing.co.uk, with prices ranging from £22.99 up to £89.99.

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