Ivanka Trump opened up about suffering “some level” of postpartum depression with each of her three children on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday.
“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 executive,” she told host Mehmet Oz. “I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way, the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”
Trump confessed that she hadn’t planned on discussing the issue, but deemed it “important” enough to address when asked by Oz. The CDC estimates that one in nine women suffer from postpartum depression after giving birth.
“I consider myself a very hard-charging person,” she said. “I am ambitious. I’m passionate. I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country.”
In the same interview, Trump also explained to Oz that her job as first daughter and advisor to President Trump is not to “moderate” his political views. She has recently come under fire, including in a op-ed in the New York Times lambasting her for failing to make good on campaign-trail promises to fight for issues like gender pay equality.
“My role and [the role of] anyone who works for the president of the United States, their role is to inform, advise and then ultimately execute,” she said. “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 now that my father is president.”