Kendra Wilkinson: I’m Back To Being Me After Battling Ppd

Jackpot! Kendra Wilkinson strikes it lucky at the blackjack table as she hosts a late night pool party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Model Kendra Wilkinson was hosting a pool party in Tampa, Florida on Friday evening

[After I had a baby,] I felt like I had to be a different person. I had to be conservative and wear turtlenecks and be someone that I wasnt, she told PEOPLE Saturday pool at Las Vegass Wet Republic . Now that I have my body back and I feel good again, I have the perfect amount of balance. Its all about finding the balance. However, learning to juggle her family of three including husband Hank Baskett and still maintain her own sense of self was anything but easy for the Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My Sexy Back author, who has been open about her battle with postpartum depression. It got pretty bad, [but] not to the point where I would harm my family. I was a great mom and did what I needed to, but I was definitely very depressed, she says. [Motherhood is] a big change in life and it happened overnight. For Wilkinson, 26, she believes the problem began when all of her attention turned toward her son, leaving little time for herself. And when she felt the public pressure to regain her body after baby , the reality star admits the heat became too much to handle. At the time I was doing whatever I could for the baby, but I lost myself and it was really frustrating, she shares. Being in the spotlight is a lot of pressure about losing the weight, [especially] coming from the Playboy world. Noting that a lot of women suffer from PPD, Wilkinson hopes that sharing her story offers a support system for others facing the same struggles.It needs to be talked about, she explains. Now happily settled into her new lifestyle, Wilkinson admits she has learned to still have a lot of fun albeit to the beat of a different drum. Its a whole different life, but a better life, she says. Your baby is no. 1 100 percent of the time, but I do still take me time you need to do that every now and then.

Then 28-year-old glamour model was in town for the Hard Rock Heatwave Pool Party at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where she struck lucky after settling down for a game of blackjack. Indeed, lucky Kendra hit Black jack three times during her stint at the table, prompting surprised exchanges between onlookers as she raised her arms aloft in triumph. Scroll down for video Say hello to your host: Model Kendra Wilkinson was hosting a pool party in Tampa, Florida on Friday evening While gambling appeared to take precedence, the blonde model was ostensibly at the Tampa venue to host this years pool party, and she admitted to followers on Twitter that she was glad to be in town shortly after arriving. Whussup Tampa. Glad to be here :), she tweeted on Friday evening. Having attended the event without husband Hank Baskett, shapely Kendra made sure she turned heads in a stunning little black dress that clung to her in all the right places as she posed for photos. Star of the show: Star of the show: Kendra has a blast at the bash at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Head turner: Kendra Wilkinson looks hot as she arrives at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa for the Hard Rock Heatwave Pool Party Raising a glass: Kendra Wilkinson enjoys a drink at the bash on Friday evening The simple outfit was the perfect match for her long blonde locks and bronzed skin tone, while a pair of black stilettos finished off her neutral look. Kendra ensured her outfit got the lions share of admiring stares by minimizing her make-up to subtle, naturalistic shades and wearing no accessories. After fulfilling her hosting duties at the 21 and up party, mum of one Kendra enjoyed one or two well-earned drinks before joining revelers on the dance floor, where she partied to music from the likes of DJ Change. Lucky streak: Kendra hits the blackjack table at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida Raking it in: Kendra takes a gamble as she hits the blackjack table on Friday evening before hosting a late night pool party Triumph: Kendra holds her hands aloft after winning at the blackjack table The model recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, where she was spotted showing off her ample cleavage as she frolicked in the surf with former NFL star Hank and their young son, Hank Baskett IV. We get it, you’re hot! Kourtney Kardashian shows off her beach body as she frolics by the sea in a string bikini In a recent interview with People, Kendra admitted that she and Hank had used a recent trip to Big Bear in California to try for another baby. ‘On our week vacation in Big Bear, we found this new energy with each other, a new love, a new fascination about each other,’ she said. Midnight dancer: Kendra shows off her moves after hosting a pool party in Tampa on Friday evening ‘And right now, we found the key to happiness. We have the key to marriage, we have the key to parenting, why not, right now, bring a new life into this world while we’re this happy? It just makes sense.’ Kendra a former favourite of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has previously featured as a contestant on celebrity talent show Dancing with the Stars, as well as her very own reality TV show, Kendra.