In March, Zoe Marshall revealed she was struggling to adjust to motherhood just weeks after welcoming her first child, Benjamin Fox, with husband Benji.
And on Tuesday, the footy WAG-turned-radio personality revealed that she was again in a ‘dark place’ and needs ‘to get well’.
The 33-year-old took to her Instagram Story to share a lengthy and honest post with fans, admitting she feels like she is ‘drowning’ while trying to juggle her media career, parenting and life in general.
‘I just need to get well, I’m drowning’: WAG Zoe Marshall, 33, reveals she feels ‘overwhelmed’ and is in a ‘dark place’ as she struggles to adjust to motherhood
‘Some of you have reached out wondering why I’ve been so quiet,’ Zoe began, adding she was seeing a psychologist this week.
‘Things are really hard at the moment. So I’m spending some time trying to get my life balanced, get well and get my mind right.’
‘Being sick (still) for so long is taking its toll on me mentally.’
New parents: In March, Footy WAG Zoe revealed she was struggling to adjust to motherhood, just weeks after welcoming her first child, Benjamin Fox, with husband Benji (pictured)
Opening up: The brunette continued: ‘I haven’t experienced such overwhelm since the birth’
She said Benji is away at the moment and she’s struggling and ‘drowning’ without her man.
The brunette continued: ‘I haven’t experienced such overwhelm since the birth.’
‘I think it’s all built up and taken its toll. My son is my happy place. I’m resting as much as possible. I see a ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist on Thursday and my psychologist tonight.’
She then encouraged fans to speak up and come forward if they needed help.
‘We have to shift things like this before they drag you deeper. I’m taking action for positive change. There is no shame in seeking help and support.’
Zoe went on to thank some friends who have been helping her, before admitting that she misses her late mother, saying without her things are ‘brutally hard.’
‘It’s brutally hard’: She then encouraged fans to speak up and come forward if they needed help
Keeping positive, Zoe said that she will soon be out of her ‘dark place’ and ‘back stronger and better than ever.’
‘The cloud is already lifting,’ she said.
She added: ‘My man is back tonight if only for a short time. So some loving and family time will help. I just need to get well.’
She went on to thank him for being ‘patient’ with her when she’s been ‘hard work.’
‘Moral of the story, don’t think you can do it all. It will catch up with you.’
In March, Zoe admitted she was struggling to adjust to motherhood, sharing online a photo of herself crying.
Sending a message to fans: ‘Moral of the story, don’t think you can do it all. It will catch up with you,’ Zoe said
‘This is me, overwhelmed, after crying in my room for an hour. Benj had been playing away and I just couldn’t handle any of it,’ Zoe said.
‘I felt bad for wanting some space to breathe and weep. I felt scared that I didn’t know what Fox needed.’
‘I was so incredibly exhausted. Hungry. Depleted. Sad. Confused. Week two and three was so hard for me.. I hadn’t left the house in days.
‘I couldn’t catch up with life. Couldn’t bare to see visitors. I wasn’t myself and wasn’t managing. Why didn’t parents talk about this phase? I felt so alone. Isolated.’
She said she wanted to share the brutal reality behind becoming a parent for the first time.
‘I couldn’t handle it’: In March, Zoe admitted she was struggling to adjust to motherhood, sharing online a photo of herself crying
‘It’s transition’: She added to fans that despite being a little down, she was not suffering from postnatal depression
‘There’s going to be so many joyful times with baby Fox shared on social media,’ she said.
‘I need to show you the realness too, the days of not getting time to eat, of poo explosions (Foxes not mine), of never ending laundry and dishes, of crying over nothing, of not being able to sleep when you get to have a sleep, of the sore neck, wrists, back, nipples, of butting heads with your partner and scrolling google for answers.’
‘Not to mention the healing your body is going through, pants that don’t fit, strength you no longer have in your body. It’s a hard hard time.’
She added to fans that despite being a little down, she was not suffering from postnatal depression.
‘This isn’t postnatal depression it’s transition and I wish I was forewarned. I’d love to know I’m not alone… what was the biggest challenge for you?’
She gave birth to her son weighing 3.83kg on the night of February 26, after getting an epidural following 10 hours of excruciating contractions.