Many moms-to-be spend the entirety of their pregnancy painting an idyllic portrait of the first few weeks at home with their new baby. Even if anything else goes as planned, there’s no way to predict how you will consider physically and emotionally after childbirth. According to the American Psychological Association, recent figures indicate that up to 1 in 7 new moms experience a serious mood disorder known as postpartum depression (PPD).
Because mothers often consider an intense pressure to be perfect, and mental health issues have long been stigmatized, it’s not uncommon for women experiencing PPD symptoms to avoid seeking treatment — or doubt that they’re actually suffering. Thankfully, there are mothers who have a platform that are willing to share their own PPD experiences in an attempt to destigmatize the disorder and encourage more women to confide in their healthcare providers.
Here are a few celebrities who’ve inspired us by breaking the silence about their postpartum depression.
The “Nashville” star, who gave birth to a daughter, Kaya, in December 2014, has openly battled PPD. She discussed her struggles on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” in September of 2015 telling the hosts,
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding, and I consider like there’s a lot of people out there who think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their mind … It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable and it’s honestly painful, and it’s honestly scary, and women require a lot of support.”
Panettiere sought treatment for PPD in October 2015, and tweeted in May 2016 that she would be taking time to “reflect holistically on my health and life.” In a January 2017 interview with Lara Spencer on “Good Morning America,” she signified that she was feeling “fabulous” and “great”
In an emotional essay penned for Glamour in March of this year, the model and color commentator for “Lip Sync Battle,” explained that after giving birth to her daughter, Luna, in April 2016, she developed PPD.
“What basically everyone around me — but me — understood up until December was this: I have postpartum depression,” she wrote. “How can I consider this way when anything is so great?”
After being diagnosed with PPD in December of 2016, Teigen began taking antidepressants that she wrote made her consider like “a much dissimilar human.” On November 21, 2017, she revealed on Instagram that she and her husband, musician John Legend, are expecting their second child.
After giving birth to her first daughter, Rowan, in 2003, the model and actress stated she experienced PPD. She detailed her postpartum experience and subsequent treatment using antidepressants and therapy in her book, “Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.” In a 2005 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Shields explained the days after giving birth.
“I had no desire to even pretend to care about her. And it absolutely terrified me,” she said. Shields, who was famously bashed by Tom Cruise for her use of antidepressants shortly after her Oprah interview, stated she doesn’t want new moms suffering from PPD to consider stigmatized.
“If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help,” she signified to People magazine. “I would have worn it like a badge. I didn’t at first – but finally, I did fight. I survived.”