12 Celebs You'll Be Surprised Have Struggled With Postpartum Depression
"We think and we feel that we should just be able to handle it on our own..."
19 percent of new moms suffer from postpartum depression, and celebrities are no different. Postpartum depression is nothing that a new mother should be ashamed of. And, because postpartum depression affects nearly 1 in every 5 mothers, this is an issue that needs to be discussed more.
Chrissy Teigen is the latest star parent to speak out about her postpartum experience after the birth of her first daughter, Luna.
"Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row," Teigen shared in in Glamour's April 2017 issue. "I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn't have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying."
1. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen first revealed her experience with postpartum depression in an open letter published in Glamour.
"Before the holidays I went to my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll. My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, 'Yep, yep, yep.' I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety."
2. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields has been open about her struggle with postpartum depression after welcoming her daughter Rowan in 2003. After giving birth to her second daughter, Grier, in 2006, Shields was prepared to ask for another prescription of antidepressants should the feelings return. She said:
"We think and we feel that we should just be able to handle it on our own. . . . I finally had a healthy beautiful baby girl and I couldn't look at her. I couldn't hold her and I couldn't sing to her and I couldn't smile at her . . . All I wanted to do was disappear and die."
3. Amanda Peet
After experiencing a euphoric pregnancy with daughter Frances Pen, Amanda Peet was caught off guard by how she was feeling once she gave birth in 2007. She explained:
"And now I want to be honest about it because I think there's still so much shame when you have mixed feelings about being a mom instead of feeling this sort of 'bliss.' I think a lot of people still really struggle with that, but it's hard to find other people who are willing to talk about it."
4. Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox described her experience as a delayed case of postpartum depression after giving birth to Coco in 2004.
"I went through a really hard time — not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned 6 months. I couldn't sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled."
5. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard was thrilled as soon as she learned about her pregnancy and carried that joy with her through the birth of her son, Theodore Norman. But her emotions quickly changed and she struggled with hiding how she was really feeling from friends and family. She described:
"It is strange for me to recall what I was like at that time. I seemed to be suffering emotional amnesia. I couldn't genuinely cry, or laugh, or be moved by anything. For the sake of those around me, including my son, I pretended, but when I began showering again in the second week, I let loose in the privacy of the bathroom, water flowing over me as I heaved uncontrollable sobs. Worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother — not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear."
6. Gwyneth Paltrow
After giving birth to her son, Moses, in 2006, Gwyneth Paltrow described realizing that something was wrong when she wasn't feeling like she did after having her daughter, Apple, in 2004:
"I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter and I couldn't understand why. I couldn't connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached. I just didn't know what was wrong with me. My husband actually said, 'Something's wrong. I think you have postnatal depression.' I was mortified. 'No I don't!' And then I started researching what it was and the symptoms and I was like, 'Oh, yes I do.'"
7. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore didn't experience postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter, Olive, so she didn't know why she was feeling off after she delivered her second daughter, Frankie.
"I didn't have postpartum the first time so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great!' The second time, I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand,'" she said. "It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."
8. Hayden Panettiere
The Nashville star's character suffered from postpartum depression, which is something Hayden Panettiere can closely relate to. She said:
"It's something a lot of women experience. When you're told about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child' — I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
The 26-year-old is now seeking voluntary treatment at a professional facility.
9. Celine Dion
Celine Dion alluded to a struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her twin sons in 2010.
"One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason, and then that took care of itself. It's for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support."
10. Alanis Morissette
While many experience emotional pain from postpartum depression, Alanis Morissette explained her surprise of the physical symptoms.
"The degree and intensity of my post-natal depression shocked me. I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain. I hadn't realized the depths to which you can ache — limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt — and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal."
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