Happy family now ... Alanis Morissette, partner Mario Treadwell and Ever in 2011.

Happy family now ... Alanis Morissette, partner Mario Treadwell and Ever in 2011.

Alanis Morissette was so severely affected by postnatal depression following the birth of her first child she felt physical pain, the singer has revealed.

The Ironic singer welcomed son Ever in 2010, and has admitted struggling to get to grips with motherhood while suffering from postnatal depression.

I hadn't realised the depths to which you can ache - limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt - and it went on for 15 months 

In an interview with British magazine You, Morissette described feeling so low she was left in pain.

"The degree and intensity of my postnatal depression shocked me. I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain," she said.

"I hadn't realised the depths to which you can ache - limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt - and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal. I wished I could have cried but there was no relief during that time. My version of depression is almost below crying, where there is just despondency."

Morissette said that it took some time, but that she has now recovered from her postnatal depression (PND).

"I had various therapies and now I feel all light and springy. Thankfully, it didn't interfere with the bond with my son, although I think that has strengthened since I got better in April."

It's estimated that around one in every seven mums experience PND. Other celebrities who have spoken about their own battles with it include Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Amanda Peet and Bryce Dallas Howard.

In her interview with the magazine, the singer also gave details of her son's home birth, which occured in her bedroom.

"It was very long - over 25 hours - and harrowing. Not unusually for me, I was silent, so it felt like this long drug trip of a prayer that was physically excruciating," she said.

"My husband saved the day. When I asked him, he would squeeze my head. At other times he would just be there and that was all I needed."

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