Celebrity mothers are no different than any other mom when it comes to the emotional roller coaster that comes with being a parent. And, when you’re a mom who happens to suffer from postpartum depression it’s a wild ride most would rather avoid. Unfortunately, it’s a sad statistic that affects approximately 5-15% of women after childbirth.
Below are 10 celebrity mothers who experienced postpartum depression and were brave enough to shine a spotlight on their struggle.
1. Kendra Wilkinson – The bubbly reality star once revealed to OK Magazine that after the birth of Hank IV, she suffered postpartum depression. “After giving birth, I never brushed my hair, my teeth, or took a shower,” said Wilkinson. “I looked in the mirror one day and was really depressed.” She attributed her condition to leaving sunny California for snowy Indianapolis where her NFL husband, Hank Baskett, played football right after their son’s birth. She said she felt isolated. Wilkinson, who recently welcomed baby #2, learned to find balance and is now happily settled into her lifestyle.
2. Brooke Shields – In 2005, the former model and actress was very candid about her depression and even wrote a book about it. Shields talked about her extreme, sometimes suicidal, feelings in her book, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.
3. Vanessa Lachey – After the TV personality welcomed her son Camden she admitted to becoming “undone,” when her baby boy was 2-weeks-old. On her blog she stated that the pressure to be the perfect mother caused a downward spiral for her. Thankfully, her supportive husband, Nick, was by her side the entire time.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow – Superstar, Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that she had no maternal instincts for her son Moses. “I felt like a zombie,” the actress told Good Housekeeping in February 2011. “I couldn’t access my emotions.” Still, she didn’t suspect postpartum depression until her husband brought up the idea. “I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child,” she said. “But there are different shades and depths of it.”
5. Jill Scott – In 2010, the singer/actress said to talk-show-host, Chelsea Lately, that two months after giving birth to her son, Jett, she had no time for herself and it was emotionally and physically draining. She admitted that she once considered throwing her son into the pool. That fleeting thought left the moment she realized how much she really loved her baby.
6. Amanda Peet – “I had a fairly serious postpartum depression,” Peet confessed in a 2008 article in “Gotham” magazine after giving birth to daughter Frankie. “I think it was because I had a really euphoric pregnancy.” Those feelings came “crashing down” as soon as her little girl was born. Amanda said she felt “sleep-deprived beyond belief” and ambivalent about motherhood. Today, the actress’s new favorite role is being a mom.
7. Alanis Morissette – In the 2012, the singer-songwriter was on the Chelsea Handler Show, and talked about her struggles with postpartum depression. It took 16 months before she sought help, but she expressed joy to be able to share her experience with other mothers who may have been suffering.
8. Courteney Cox – Six months after giving birth to her daughter, Coco, in 2004, Cox admitted to USA Today of experiencing a delayed case of postpartum depression. The actress also confessed to taking the hormone progesterone to help her get through her difficult time.
9. Carnie Wilson – The Wilson Phillips singer grappled with depression after the birth of her baby girl, Lola, in 2005. She once told People magazine, “I cried all day over everything.” The singer-songwriter chose exercise, healthy eating, vitamins and hypnosis over medication to help her overcome her struggles.
10. Bryce Dallas Howard – The 33-year-old actress openly discussed having experienced postpartum depression after giving birth to her son, Theo, in 2007. Not only did she have difficulty breast-feeding, but she felt overwhelmed and unable to make decisions. With the help of a physician and a therapist she recovered from her 18-month battle with depression.
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