“My Baby Don’t Like Me & I Don’t Like Him” Taj Reveals Struggle With Postpartum Depression On “Black Love”
OWN’s “Black Love” is committed to telling the truth about all facets of marriage. The good, the bad and the ugly. Last week, the couples spoke about the dark sides of marriage, with everything from spiritual abuse to infidelity.
This upcoming Saturday, we’ll learn how these couples coped after the birth of their children. In an advanced clip from the upcoming episode Taj, from SWV, shared her battle with postpartum depression.
“I definitely knew that something was wrong. I think I noticed it initially that I was going through some kind of depression. I definitely knew that I was depressed because— my mom passed away when I was fourteen. I had no idea what I was doing. I had a doula who helped me prepare for the baby but I had no family here in Tennessee. So there was no one here to really get me ready. I thought that you had to clean him constantly. So I bathed him at least 2-3 times a day. I washed him so much, I dried out his skin. So he was cranky. I didn’t realize that. So while he’s crying, I’m crying. I’m like, ‘I can’t get him to shut up. He doesn’t like me.’ When he slept, I could not sleep. So I’m up 24 hours a day. And this baby is just screaming and hollering. I’m already emotional, my hormones are all over the place. I couldn’t get a grip on it. He [her husband] was not home. So I’m sitting there, my emotions are just going all over the place. It got to the point, where I was just—I just couldn’t. I didn’t know what to do. Literally, I sat down at the computer and I typed up an email to my sister and I was telling her, ‘My baby don’t like me and I don’t like him.’
Taj trails off, tears in her eyes as she reflects on that time in her life.
Check out the clip in the video below.
This week’s episode will feature stories from DL and LaDonna Hughley, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons, Khadeen and Devale Ellis, Taj and Eddie George, Shaun and Rai King, Jai and Rebecca Crouch-Pelham, Goldie Gabriel-Johnson and Michael Johnson.
“Black Love” will air this Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.