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Do You Know About Prepartum Depression? Actress Jenny Mullen Shares Her Experience

Prepartum depression is real, as confirmed by actress and soon-to-be mom Jenny Mollen!

As Mollen approaches the end of her second pregnancy, she’s grappling with emotions that she feels aren’t “addressed enough.”

The New York Times best selling author, 38, who is expecting her second son with husband Jason Biggs, shared her experience with what she described as “prepartum” depression in an Instagram post.

”Prepartum Depression… it’s what often happens to expectant moms who are awake in the world. (More on my insta story) #prepartum #postpartum #anxiety#stress #pregnant #globalwarming#cellphonecancer #suspiciousvans #trump#smalltownsthatsupporttrump#factoryraisedchicken#botchedmedicalprocedures #ghosts#clowns #theatermajors,” she captioned the mirror selfie above.

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The expectant mum of two went on to describe her struggle via Instagram story, insisting that she is “totally fine” after receiving an influx of concerned emails, PEOPLE reports.

”This is normal — that’s what I’m trying to say,” Mollen explains. ”That it’s not weird … I would be more freaked out if I weren’t freaking out.”

”I could already be in a depression,” she revealed.

”I’m planning on eating my placenta, but I’m also anticipating a major emotional dive. I think that it’s chemical. I think people don’t talk about it enough.

Because having a baby is the scariest f—ing thing that could happen to a woman.”

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Mollen said after giving birth to her 3-year-old son Sid she told “everybody that it felt like I was coming off of cocaine.”

”It was just like the craziest come down of my life.”

When it came to why she believed she was depressed, Mollen said.

”Maybe because I know what to expect this time, it’s almost happening sooner, like I’m already going through the motions of [this] insane life changing experience.

And I’m sure it’s slightly easier the second time because going from zero kids to one kid, is like, ‘Oh my God, I’m completely trapped forever.’ Since I’m already trapped, it’s like, ‘Whatever.’”

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However, she encouraged women to be “hyper-vigilant” about their emotions after giving birth.

”You’ll be shocked at how fast you’ll wake up one day and be in the darkest place. The only way your kid is going to be healthy and happy is if you are healthy and happy. So, make that the priority.”

Earlier in her pregnancy, Mollen revealed that she had placenta previa, a condition where the placenta covers at least part of the cervix.

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In a chat with PEOPLE about the condition, she said,

”It actually hasn’t been a big deal so far because I’m so early. I had a c-section the first time because I never dilated, so I’m not that concerned because I expected to have to be cut open again.”

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In April, Mollen and the Orange Is the New Black star, 39, announced their second pregnancy.

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