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Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Struggle With Postpartum Depression After The Birth Of Her Second Daughter Frankie — 'I Really Got Under The Cloud'

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Everything changed for Drew Barrymore when she started her family.

The actress — who has two young little girls Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months, with husband and art consultant Will Kopelman – described her life as "perfect and totally imperfect."

In a new interview, the 40-year-old actress opened up about how her experience with childbirth was completely different the second time around — especially for the six months following.

The Miss You Already star shared:

"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.' It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

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As an author, entrepreneur, and Hollywood starlet, it's understandable that life can get a little bit complicated when you throw parenting into the mix:

"I just got right on the idea of, where do I need to be the most? Fifty-fifty would be ideal but life doesn't work like that. Life is messy. It was just really challenging and I felt overwhelmed. I made a lot of decisions and I definitely changed my work life to suit my parenthood."

One of the most valuable lessons the Wildflower writer has learned is to stay present in the moment, especially when it comes to her children:

"It's really important. I was in the kids' class with Frankie and Olive this morning and I started fretting about some piece of work news that was just stressful. You know, in like the Broadway Babies class and it's the one-hit wonders day, and they're singing I don't even know what song, and we're all doing our lollipop drums and I just thought, ‘Save it until after class.' One thing at a time."

See more adorable moments of Drew with her fam (above)!

As someone who started her career so early in life, the E.T. former child star wants to make sure the idea of work remains positive:

"Putting a negative stigma on work is a go-to. It makes us feel like it proves to our children that we don't want to work, we'd rather be with you. I want them to see that work can be a good, positive, fun, happy thing. I've worked since I was 11½ months old so I have to be able to work, too. But I have to put them first. I don't know if it's good enough for anyone but I'm doing my best."

We're happy to hear that her struggle with postpartum depression is seemingly over, and we hope her story resonates with other celebs like Hayden Panettiere who may be facing the same battle.

[Image via WENN.]

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