Many women brace themselves after delivery for the drastic hit that their emotions will take. Feeling weepy, overwhelmed, and restless are just some symptoms that over 80% of mums do experience from the baby blues. However, for 20% of them, the baby blues may morph into something far scarier and devastating.
If you are going through PPD, you are not alone, and this article will showcase some of your favorite celebs who have been through it and emerged victoriously. Some inspiration will go a long way in helping you feel better.
10 Cardi B
"This postpartum sh** is annoying, like, I have been emotional all f* day for no reason,”
Cardi B, a famous, award-winning rapper, was delivered of her healthy baby girl, Kulture Kiari Cephus, and a month later, she took to Instagram to share her struggle with PPD. She also pulled out of Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic World Tour on which she was to perform with him starting September.
“I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing.”
To further illustrate her frustration, she reposted a video from comedian Jay Versace in which he talks about not knowing who he was anymore, and captioned it “This is how postpartum got me. The emotional struggle. Cardi vs. Belcalis.” (Becalis is her real name).
9 Chrissy Teigen
Every fan of Chrissy’s is convinced that her life is picture perfect, however, after a long struggle with hubby John Legend, she welcomed her baby girl Luna Simone and described the challenges she faced soon after:
“I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy.”
Chrissy Teigen wrote this heartfelt description on an essay for Glamour Magazine to share with her fans what she had been through the past year.
"My lower back throbbed, my shoulders- even my wrists hurt. I didn't have an appetite. I would go for two days without a bite of food. There was a lot of spontaneous crying."
Finally, eight months since Luna’s birth, she received a diagnosis of PPD and started taking meds and talking to her friends and family about it.
“I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone.”
8 Gwyneth Paltrow
Famous actress Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her struggle with PPD in 2006 after being delivered of her son, Moses. She said she felt like a zombie that could not access her heart. She told Good Housekeeping that she could not connect with her newborn son as she did with her older daughter, Apple.
“It was terrible. It was the exact opposite of what happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I just thought it meant that I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”
Her PPD lasted about two years after Moses was born.
7 Kendra Wilkinson
After experiencing PPD after the birth of both her kids, reality star Kendra Wilkinson decided not to have any more biological children.
During an interview with E! she said, "I had postpartum after little hank, then I was dealing with chaos after Alijah with postpartum, so I had pretty bad experiences after having each kid. But I got through it, and I appreciate it all."
6 Hayden Panettiere
The famous 'Nashville' star who was delivered of a baby girl, Kaya, in 2014 discussed her battle with PPD on the 'Live! With Kelly and Michael' in September 2015.
"There is a lot of misunderstanding, and I feel like there's a lot of people out there who think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it is something that is made up in their mind… It's something that's completely uncontrollable, and it's really painful, and it's really scary, and women need a lot of support."
After seeking treatment in October 2015, she took a break to reflect on her general wellbeing, and in January 2017, she announced on Good Morning America’s host Lara Spenser that she felt 'Fabulous' and 'Great.'
In 2012, after giving birth to her son Angelo, Adele was still skeptical about discussing her PPD experience, until she talked about it with some friends.
"One day, I said to a friend, 'I f- hate this' and she burst into tears and said 'I f- hate this too,' and it was done. It lifted."
4 Courteney Cox
All fans of the comedy Friends may know Courtney and her incredible personality and sense of humor. For her, PPD set in when her little girl, Coco, was about six months old. On an interview with USA Today, she revealed her struggle with insomnia, palpitating heart, and that she often got very depressed.
Upon visiting her doctor, she was informed that her' hormones had been pummeled' and she started taking progesterone to balance it out and start recovering. She also sought assistance from her friends and former co-star Jennifer Aniston.
3 Brooke Shields
Actress and model Brooke Shields penned her battle with PPD in her book Down Came the Rain: My Journey with Postpartum Depression. Her symptoms started cropping up after her daughter Rowan was born in 2003. On an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2005, she candidly described what the first few days after delivery were like:
“I had no desire to even pretend that I cared about her. And it absolutely terrified me.”
After being bashed online by Tom Cruise for using medication, she further announced the need to reduce stigma. "If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help," she said in People magazine. "I would have worn it like a badge. I didn't at first, but finally, I did fight. I survived."
She sought help from a therapist, friends, and family, and took medication. She told WebMD that she attributes part of her recovery to breastfeeding for the physical connection it gave both her and baby. “Somewhere along the line, it was undeniable that she was stuck to me. I think that was important for my recovery.”
2 Bryce Dallas Howard
After being delivered of her son, Theo, in 2010, the Jurassic World actress detailed her struggle with PPD on an essay for GOOP.
“It is strange for me to recall what I was like at the time. I seemed to be suffering from 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 began showering again. In the second week, I let loose in the privacy of my bathroom, water flowing over me as I heaved uncontrollable sobs.”
She attests her healing to a homeopathic plan, her friends and Brooke Shield’s memoir.
1 Florence Henderson
The Brady Bunch actress wrote a memoir titled “Life Is Not A Stage: From Broadway Baby To A Lovely Lady And Beyond” to share her PPD experience.
“When you’re depressed with a new baby, everyone tells you that you should be so happy and should feel so good.”
She goes ahead to describe her husband’s dismay.
"Ira, too, felt bad about what I was going through, but he added to the chorus. 'You have so much to be happy about. I would see other mothers who were on top of it, and it made me feel worse, totally inferior."