A CELEBRITY make-up artist from Wallyford has raised more than £400 for a prenatal depression charity after experiencing the condition.

Sophia Majid, 38, a married mum-of-four, is regularly called to do work for the likes of glamour model and ex-Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd, TV’s Ex on the Beach’s Harriet Harper, Sassi Simmonds of Teen Mum UK, The X Factor’s Caitlyn Vanbeck and Faye Brooks, who plays Kate Conor in Coronation Street.

Away from her work with the stars, she looks after her children – aged 11, six, three and seven months – and still finds time to welcome clients to a beauty studio at her home and at XOX Glam, an Edinburgh salon. She was also nominated for Beautician of the Year at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards 2017.

Sophia recently cut the price of all her beauty treatments at XOX Glam by 50 per cent for a day and gave every penny to Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS), which supports women going through prenatal and postnatal depression.

Salon owner Kerri Smithwaite gave her the rooms rent free and friend Ashfeen Ghafoor of Sweet Treets made cupcakes which were sold in aid of the charity.

Sophia, who developed prenatal depression during her last pregnancy, has now been invited to become an ambassador for PANDAS, with the aim of possibly setting up a support group for women.

She said: “I was admitted to hospital for a few days with blood poisoning when I was 25-and-a-half weeks pregnant. When I came out I couldn’t sleep and was getting anxious. I hadn’t slept for four days in a row and went to work on New Year’s Eve because I didn’t want to let clients down.”

Sophia returned to the hospital’s out-of-hours service to tell doctors about her insomnia.

She said: “I couldn’t think straight and was crying. Maternity took me in. They asked me questions about how I was feeling. They sedated me and I got a little bit of sleep. It didn’t make me feel better – I couldn’t put my finger on it.”

She was told the initial anxiety could be caused by a chemical imbalance due to hormones.

“In a couple of days I discharged myself as I had already missed Christmas with my children as I was in hospital with blood poisoning,” said Sophia.

“It got worse. I felt low every morning – there was a black cloud over me. I felt really down and could not cope with anything, it was such a struggle.”

Sophia was told that she could be at high risk of postnatal depression after the birth, adding: “To be honest that put me on edge even more as I was scared that I could possibly have issues bonding with my baby.”

She was placed on a waiting list for counselling but would have to wait eight weeks so paid to go private. But it wasn’t until she tried hypnotherapy that she started to improve.

“I had four sessions and after the second I started to sleep again,” she said.

Now she is using her experience to help others and is keen to highlight the condition.