Having postpartum depression (PPD) can be one of the most confusing times of a woman's life. The months after giving birth are supposed to be happy, but that's not always the case.
It's not something new moms want to admit, but feeling sad, anxious or hopeless after childbirth is nothing to be ashamed of. One out of eight women experiences PPD after giving birth, and we see a handful of those women in the spotlight every day.
These stars have made it clear there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it's always OK to ask for help.More
Panettiere is the most recent celeb to open up about having PPD. The Nashville star checked into a treatment facility in early October 2015 to battle PPD after giving birth to her first child, daughter Kaya, in December 2014.
"It's something a lot of women experience. When [you're told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child,'" she explained on LIVE with Kelly and Michael in September 2015. "I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
Months after giving birth to her daughter Coco in June 2004, the Friends star started experiencing extreme bouts of sadness. "I went through a really hard time – not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned six months," she told USA Today. "I couldn't sleep. My heart was racing and I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had pummeled."