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Melissa Rycroft Opens Up About Postpartum Depression: “I Felt Empty”

It's no secret that Melissa Rycroft's pregnancy came as a surprise to everyone — including Melissa herself. The original winner of The Bachelor Season 13 had been on a TV roll, from sobbing as Jason Mesnick's ex-fiancee to taking third place on Dancing With the Stars Season 8, reporting for Good Morning America and co-hosting Bachelor Pad Season 1. She managed to work in a marriage to her old friend Tye Strickland, but when baby Ava made three it didn't entirely make life perfect.

“Almost immediately I didn’t feel right," Melissa tells Us Weekly (via Reality TV Magazine). "I have just given birth to this perfect baby, but absolutely nothing made me happy anymore. I had these great blessings, but I felt empty."

Mel met with a doctor who confirmed she had postpartum depression and anxiety. Expect to hear more about that, and the therapy Melissa and Tye go through on a weekly basis, on their new reality TV show, Melissa & Tye, which starts Friday, April 20 on CMT.

Source: Us Weekly (via Reality TV Magazine)

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04.17.2012 / 05:53 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: The Bachelor, Gossip, The Bachelorette, Melissa Rycroft

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