Zoe Marshall - the wife of NRL legend Benji - has revealed scary details of a recent incident that saw her whisked off to hospital after she was left "crying in pain".
The NRL WAG and popular social media influencer poured her heart out this month about the difficulties she's faced relocating, navigating lockdown and going into quarantine bubbles with a newborn daughter and a young son.
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The Marshall's welcomed the birth of their second child in June - a baby girl named Ever.
Zoe - whose podcast The Deep discusses the myriad issues that parents deal with - revealed that she's been suffering from "post natal depletion" after the birth of Ever.
However, she revealed on the podcast this week that a friend had to take her to the emergency department at the hospital after an episode that left her "writhing and sweating" and "physically in a lot of pain".
The mother-of-two did not reveal what the condition was, but divulged scary details about the situation on her podcast.
“Yesterday I was unwell. Physically in a lot of pain,” she wrote in an Instagram post alongside a photo of her son Fox.
“To the point where @seanszeps had to take me to the hospital.
“The poor guy had just been there a week ago. I felt s**t that he had to be there two weeks in a row. Benji was working, I had the kids looked after and I needed to go.”
The 37-year-old said the hardest part of the ordeal was trying to protect her son by putting on a strong front when in truth, she was in agony.
“He knew something was up and he was scared, and he was putting on an awkward front trying to show me he wasn’t,” she said.
“I tried to comfort him but I was in too much pain and I needed him out of the room so I could be as uncomfortable as I needed to be without consoling him.
“It’s what we do. Without thought. We protect them.”
Zoe Marshall's struggles with 'post natal depletion'
Zoe earlier this month detailed how relocating two young children to Queensland to be part of the NRL's quarantine bubble, away from family and friends, had left her feeling mentally and physically exhausted.
“It got me. I’m depleted. I got the bloody post natal depletion!” Zoe wrote on Instagram.
“I thought I could outrun it. But it got me.
“Here we are. On and off since she was born. I know moving states, quarantine, lockdowns, etc don’t help. This overwhelming feeling, it’s exhaustion. Then getting sick, just the sniffles or a cough but it lingers, for months. Then getting frustrated because I’m missing out on getting out because I’m so exhausted.
“It’s boring. It’s really boring. And I’m not sure how to navigate it. I’ve done the bloody podcast on it! I should know! I’ve been resting. I’ve been eating. Restraining from exercise. But it’s got me in it’s clutches and I get moments of relief but it comes again in another wave.
“Supplements, rest, feeding, more feeding, cancelling plans, more rest. Benj was thinking maybe I should supplement some of my feeds? But I just can’t. I don’t want to. I’m OK to sacrifice my health for hers. But I also don’t want to feel like this for 18 months.
“Are there any magic tricks I’ve missed? Please tell me what helped you get on top of it?”
The mother-of-two said she suffered a number of "breakdowns" during the "painful" relocation and was happy to come out of quarantine to see Benji.
"It’s been the strangest 2 months. Giving birth, a lockdown, 2 weeks in quarantine, another hotel for 2 weeks and finally arrived to where we will live for the next few weeks," she wrote on Instagram at the time.
"Watching our language and treading carefully around Fox. Wanting him to feel this is “normal” calling it a holiday - the way we frame it makes it true, right?
"I’ve had a few break downs - some tears. Lots of tears. And I feel for my fellow Aussies in Nsw and Vic who are slammed day in and day out with Hopeless news.
"My dad and Benji's uncle have met my daughter once. The rest of my family haven’t. My best friends haven’t. It’s weird and I shut it out because it’s wrong and painful."
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