These Celebrity Moms Admitted Battle With Postpartum Depression; Here's How They Survived

By Amanda Moore, Parent Herald March 08, 04:00 am

It isn't surprising for celebrity moms to also go through postpartum depression (PPD) like regular moms. Amid all the privileges and perks of being famous, these women battle PPD along with some 20 percent of mothers who have given birth.

Recently, Chrissy Teigen revealed her postpartum struggles after giving birth to her first child almost a year ago, as Parent Herald reported. The model joins many other famous moms who have used their status to raise awareness and help other women come to terms with their experience.

Brooke Shields was one of the first celebrity moms who openly admitted battling PPD. In her 2006 book "Down Came the Rain: My Journey With Postpartum Depression," the actress said her condition made her unable to care for daughter, Rowan, as she didn't want to be around her crying baby, according to the PPD Support Page. Shields sought a doctor's help who prescribed antidepressants and encouraged her recovery.

Gwyneth Paltrow went through PPD with her second child, Moses, in 2006. She told Good Housekeeping she felt like a zombie around her baby. What pushed her recovery was acknowledging she needed help.

Paltrow went to therapy and made fitness her goal. "There are different shades of [PPD] and depths of it," Paltrow said. "I think it's so important for women to talk about," she added, saying she only understood what postpartum entailed when she had therapy.

Drew Barrymore also had PPD with her second child. "It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud," the actress told People.

Barrymore said though her postpartum was only "short-lived," she learned to live in the present now and resisted fretting over the little things. She coped by taking one thing at a time and never overwhelming herself.

Alanis Morissette dealt with postpartum depression when her son Ever was born. She encouraged mothers experiencing PPD "to seek help and reach out a little earlier than I did," according to ABC News.

Adele also admitted to going through postpartum depression when she had her son almost five years ago. Watch the accomplished singer talk about her PPD bout in the video below.

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