We had no idea!
In a recent interview, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son Moses back in 2006.
"I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter [Apple, now 7] and I couldn't understand why.I couldn't connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached."I just didn't know what was wrong with me. I couldn't figure it out. It never occurred to me. My husband actually said, 'Something's wrong. I think you have postnatal depression.' I was mortified. 'No I don't!' And then I started researching what it was and the symptoms and I was like, 'Oh, yes I do.'"
Postpartum depression is a moderate to severe depression that usually occurs within the first 3 months after delivery.
Paltrow went on to say:
"We think that it makes us bad mothers or we didn't do it right, but it's like, we're all in this together. I never understand why mothers judge other mothers, like, 'What do you mean you didn't breastfeed? What do you mean you didn't do this?' It's like, 'Can't we all just be on each other's side?' It's so hard anyway. Can't we all help each other get through it? There's a shame attached to it because if you say, 'I had a baby and I couldn't connect to the baby,' it's like, 'What is wrong with you?'
That's so true. Mothers should help other mothers out instead of berating them. It would make everyone's lives so much easier!
Here's the rest of what the Iron Man star said:
"You never totally get rid of it. That's why I talk about it, because even the awareness of it started to diminish it. Because I didn't feel like I'm dying or I'm crazy — period. It's like, 'Oh, this is a thing. This is a real thing and these are the symptoms and I have them all."
We're happy that she's talking openly and hopefully feeling much better.
Way to go on bringing more awareness to something that affects as many as one in five women in the United States!
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