Skylar Diggins – Smith Battled Postpartum Depression

Maternity leave is the period of time when a mother stops working because she is about to have a baby.

That’s not true for Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins – Smith.
The WNBA All – Star revealed on twitter that she played the 2018 season while pregnant.

She first announced she was expecting a child in October 2018, almost two months after her team played its final game in the season.
Her tweet suggested there was a lack of support from the organization.

According to ESPN, team president and CEO Greg Bibb stated that “The Wings were required by the league’s collective bargaining agreement to pay a player pregnancy leave half of their salary, but the organization opted to pay all of it.”
Maybe it wasn’t about the money.
“People called me a quitter, said I gave up on my team, etc., etc. Not knowing I took two full months away from everything because of postpartum depression. With limited resources to help me be successful mentally/physically,” she tweeted.

Postpartum depression is a mental illness that involves the brain and affects an individuals behavior and physical health.
According to Women’s Health, one in 9 new mothers has postpartum depression.
Diggins – Smith is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.