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Nikki Bella Reveals Postpartum Depression Has “Knocked Me on My A**”

Retired WWE wrestler Nikki Bella recently challenged one of the biggest foes of her life — postpartum depression.

The Total Bellas star talks about her experience battling the condition on the Wednesday, September 30 episode of her and sister Brie Bella’s The Bellas Podcast. During the episode, she recalls having a “massive breakdown” while filming Total Bellas and tending to her newborn, Matteo. It wasn’t until talking with her doctor that she realized, “I’m starting to fall into a postpartum depression.”

“I think Brie was the first person who’s asked me in weeks — it was in front of Bryan [Danielson, Brie’s husband and WWE superstar] — she goes, ‘How are you doing?’ I was about to say, ‘Fine.’

And my lips started shaking and I burst into alligator tears..I broke down. Because that was the first time someone asked me in a while how I was doing, and I wasn’t doing okay,” she admits.

Nikki Bella also says that she was “starting to feel invisible,” “not loved” and “lonely” and that there were times she “hated” fiancé Artem Chigvintsev after his return home from work on Dancing with the Stars.

“I’m not gonna lie, I did have moments of being mean,” the former Dancing with the Stars contestant says. “I did have moments when I looked at him and I hated him. It’s true. There were times I’d look at him and I’m like, ‘I think I hate you.’

Brie also confides in her sister, and listeners, confirming that she too had dealt with postpartum depression. She reveals, “When I looked at you, it’s more than just sleep-deprived. She’s lonely. She’s doing a lot of this on her own.”

“I’ve always prided myself that I can fight a lot of things mentally. I’m very strong in that way,” Nikki Bella adds. “Postpartum has knocked me on my a**. This is something that is way different.”

As previously reported, Nikki and Brie Bella announced news of their pregnancies in January with an exclusive to PEOPLE magazine. Both gave birth to baby boys just one day apart — Nikki gave birth to her first child, Matteo, on July 31 and Brie gave birth to her second child, Buddy, on August 1. 

Nikki and Brie also documented the reveal of their pregnancies on their hit reality television series, Total Bellas. The sixth season of the show which is scheduled to premiere later this Fall.

If you have had similar experiences with postpartum depression, In The Zone would love to share your story to empower others. Connect with us in the comments and on social media.



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Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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