A Case Of The Baby Blues: 14 Celebrity Moms Who Battled Postpartum Depression
Even the happiest, richest, and most famous Hollywood moms have suffered from it — it being postpartum depression (PPD). PPD can affect anyone because after a baby, so many emotions and feelings run through a new mother’s head, and with so many imbalances throughout the body, postpartum depression has actually become a very common, though temporary, disorder that a lot of women have and will suffer from. Here are 14 celebrity moms who have battled with it.
During an interview in Redbook, Jennifer Lopez admitted to suffering from some of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression as well as postpartum paranoia. JLo said that a week after giving birth to her twins, she started to feel depressed, sad, and thought that the babies didn’t love her. Clearly Max and Emme love their mom and Jenny’s feeling better than ever.
After the birth of her second child, Moses, who was born in 2006, Gwyneth Paltrow hit a really low time in her life. She described her postpartum depression as something that made her feel like a complete zombie. Gwyneth explained that she couldn’t access her emotions and wasn’t able to connect to her son. She has since then pulled through and gotten past the disorder.
After a tell-all interview in 2010, Jill Scott clearly suffered from a scary case of postpartum depression. Two months after giving birth to her son Hamilton, Jill wanted to give her son to someone else. She explained that having a baby left her no time for herself and it was emotionally and physically draining. One day she even considered throwing her son into the pool.
Not all cases of postpartum depression happen right after the birth of a baby. About six months after her daughter Coco was born, Courteney started to suffer from the symptoms of postpartum. She couldn’t sleep and suffered from all sorts of suicidal thoughts. A trip to the doctor determined that her hormone levels were all out of whack but she has since recovered.
Kendra Wilkinson gave birth to her son Hank Baskett in 2009 and soon after suffered from postpartum. The demand of being a mother combined with losing weight and getting back to her pre-baby body pushed her into a slight depression. By talking about her problems, she was able to find a balance again.
Amanda Peet is one celebrity mom who shows that becoming a mother truly has its ups and downs. When she first got pregnant, Amanda was extremely happy and elated to say the least. However, when her daughter Frankie was born, she was at the completely opposite side of the emotion spectrum. She was sleep deprived and didn’t feel fulfilled at all. Amanda now feels all of the bliss that comes with motherhood.
Carnie Wilson is probably best known for her weight problems, but she also suffered from postpartum depression. In 2005 after her daughter Lola was born, Carnie said that she cried all day long over almost everything. She was overwhelmed with a flurry of emotions but she opted not to take medications to fix the problem. She instead turned to exercise, vitamins, a new diet, and even hypnosis.
After giving birth to her daughter Rowan in 2005, Brooke Shield’s postpartum depression became talk of many, including celebrities. Tom Cruise criticized Brooke for using antidepressants after giving birth, but clearly as a man, he just didn’t understand. In a book entitled Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, Brooke offers a tell all about her journey of emotions and suicidal thoughts.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard is another celebrity who spoke publicly about her journey with postpartum depression. She gave birth to son Theodore in February 2007 but soon after she dealt with a lot of crazy symptoms. She felt incompetent due to breast-feeding issues and a lack of sleep wasn’t helping at all. She also became really angry towards her husband, something that the couple had never experienced since they’d been together.
With eight children, Marie Osmond all but had the odds against her when it came to postpartum depression. In her book Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression, Marie explained her breakdown in 2005 that caused her to go public with her emotions of feeling hopeless, depressed, and like she didn’t belong in her own life. A change of diet and he addition of fish oils apparently helped cure her.
Halle Berry suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter. Combined with the stress of a divorce from her previous husband, Halle definitely wasn’t in a good place in life. However, she managed to pull through and she was able to kick the suicidal thoughts.
Angelina Jolie never spoke out about her postpartum depression, but close family friends and family members said that she showed a lot of the symptoms after she gave birth to her twins. She was exhausted due to sleepless nights and she’d often laugh and cry at the most random times. Angelina seems to be in much better spirits these days.
Alanis Morissette suffered from postpartum depression after her son Ever Imre was born in 2010. She first thought that all of the emotions would pass but time only made her depression worse. Alanis publicly encouraged women to seek help if they are dealing with the symptoms of postpartum depression.
Peggy Tanous, the O.C. Housewives star, detailed her run in with postpartum depression in an interview for People. When she gave birth to her first daughter named London, Peggy thought she’d feel nothing short of ecstatic. However, she felt anything but, and instead was fearful. She tried to ignore emotions but family members finally stepped into help her. Holistic treatment was the answer to Peggy’s PPD.
Lisa Rinna also suffered with a horrible case of postpartum depression. She actually had thoughts and visions of not only killing her husband, but her two daughters as well. She quickly prompted her husband to hid anything that could be considered a weapon. Lisa got the help she needed and has made it through her ordeal with postpartum.