According to The Guardian, Selma Blair endured “a bad, induced labor” when her son was born in 2011, with the Evening Standard noting that Arthur kept his mom waiting to meet him a whopping 18 days after her due date. Blair told The Guardian she believed that “she became malnourished” after giving birth, which made an already difficult situation much worse. At the time, she was stretched thin with work obligations and adjusting to life as a mom. “I had just had my son and I was exhausted,” she told Yahoo! Style while discussing her role in the film “Sex, Death and Bowling.” “I was a hyper attendant mom, my son was having some problems.”
In a candid, since-deleted 2018 Instagram post, Blair revealed that she spent the first four years of her new life as a mom struggling with postpartum depression and other issues. “Crippling anxiety. I fell apart. The last moment being very public,” she wrote (via InStyle), seemingly referencing her 2016 inflight incident that got so much tabloid attention.
Blair found herself navigating parenthood alone in 2012 after she and Jason Bleick called it quits, and the adjustment was not an easy one. “I did not have a support system. I was an older, tired, single mom,” Blair told Us Weekly. “I kind of hit rock bottom.” Luckily, after she opened herself up to allowing others to give her a helping hand, life got a bit easier.