Jenna Dewan Recalls Being "Without a Partner" After Welcoming Daughter With Channing Tatum

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Jenna Dewan is reflecting on the early days of her motherhood journey.

During the August 2 episode of Dear Media's podcast Dear Gabby, the Step Up actress reflected on the hardships she faced after giving birth to her now 8-year-old daughter Everly—who she shares with ex-husband Channing Tatum—in 2013. The revelation of her experience was prompted after being asked about her postpartum journey following the birth of her now 16-month-old son, Callum, who she shares with fiancé Steve Kazee.

The 40-year-old actress, who gave birth to Everly in London while Channing was filming in the area, explained that she traveled with the then-couple's newborn daughter and continued to work. Jenna, who resumed filming on Witches of East End in Canada weeks after welcoming her firstborn, added that Channing "wasn't available" to be with them shortly after Everly's birth due to his own work schedule. 

"I had to travel with her and at the time, Chan wasn't available to be with us for the most part," Jenna shared about traveling to Vancouver for work during that period. "So, it was me, my doula and Evie all by ourselves traveling at six weeks."

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Reflecting on having to balance the duties of motherhood and her career during that time, Jenna continued, "That was really hard because that was long hours. I did have her on set with me constantly. It was just really difficult."

"And I had a lot of postpartum anxiety I would say," she continued. "It was like, I just never stopped. You know, you're up a couple times in the night and then you're working all day. I was breastfeeding, I was pumping, I was without a partner, I mean it was just craziness."

And although her experience during the first couple of months following Everly's birth was a little different than what she envisioned, she noted that when it came to giving birth to Callum in March 2020, she was within a different, calmer space in life.

"This time around, I was so grounded," she shared. "Even though the world was crazy, I was home and in this love nest and it was different."