During a Thursday appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, First Daughter Ivanka Trump opens up about experiencing “some level” of postpartum depression after giving birth to all three of her children — Arabella, now 6, Joseph, now 3, and Theodore, now 1.
“With each of my three children I had some level of postpartum,” she shares. When Dr. Oz asks her to clarify, she confirms she’s talking about postpartum “depression.”
She adds: “It was a very challenging, emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and as an executive. And I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”
At the time, she didn’t realize it was PPD.
“Well I didn’t know that I was,” she admits. “But you asked me a question and…it’s incredibly important and look I consider myself a very hard-charging person, I am ambitious, I’m passionate, I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country.”
Later, Dr. Oz talks to the mom-of-three about working in the White House for her father, President Donald Trump.
“There’s some who created a narrative that you should be a voice of moderation,” Dr. Oz says.
“Well I think that my role, and anyone who works for the President of the United States, their role is to inform, advise and then ultimately execute,” she shares. “So I’m not the decision maker. I have my views and I share them candidly and as a daughter I have the latitude to do that, but I also respect the process and my father is now president and the American people elected him based on his agenda and my job isn’t to undermine that agenda, it’s to embrace the areas where there’s commonality and there are so many areas.”
She continues, “I’m deeply passionate about fueling the growth of women entrepreneurs, I’m deeply passionate about supporting America working families. So I feel privileged that he’s given me the platform to push areas and push issues that are aligned with his agenda. Where I disagree with the agenda, I’ll share it with him quietly but I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate and I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity.”
The interview airs this Thursday, Sept. 21 on The Dr. Oz Show.