Love them or hate them, the Kardashians are candid about their personal lives on the Internet, and Khloe Kardashian’s recent Snapchats about returning to work are no exception. The new mom and founder of denim label Good American, who gave birth to her daughter True Thompson in April, started working again today, and opened up to her followers last night about the anxiety she felt about leaving her baby.
“I’ve been thinking about the 6th, the 6th, the 6th,” Khloe revealed in a series of videos on her Snapchat story. “Oh my god, I have to start work on the 6th and I’ve been getting just anxious about it. And today I’m very anxious,” she admitted.
As Khloe cradled her daughter in the videos, she continued opening up about the thoughts flooding her mind before leaving her baby. “I don’t know how I’m going to leave her all day tomorrow,” she wrote. “That’s freaking me out. But I got to go back to work at some point.”
Khloe expressed her anxiety on a platform that reaches over a million, but so many working moms don’t feel as though they have an outlet to express the guilt and mixed emotions they face. The expectation to return to work after maternity leave can often affect the mental health and well-being of new moms, and it’s time we all start talking about these very normal, very complicated feelings. It’s also important to speak to other new moms who are going through the same experience, and if your anxiety about going back to work is hard to manage or feels like it’s escalating, it can be a good idea to talk to a therapist.
Celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Gwyneth Paltrow have opened up about their struggles with postpartum depression, and Reshma Saujani, the CEO of Girls Who Code, recently spoke to Arianna Huffington about her struggle to make time for herself as a working mother. As we move toward a more open conversation and share coping mechanisms about the anxiety that comes with the postpartum journey, it’s important to be open and honor your mental state, acknowledging that it’s okay to feel excited, anxious, relieved, unsure — and any number of other emotions — at the same time.
“I’m anxious to leave True but also eager to get back to work now that I have a new push and motivation,” Khloe posted early this morning, “It’s not just for me anymore.”