Gwyneth Paltrow opens up about postpartum depression in an interview with the new issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. The “Country Strong” actress shares that after the birth of her second child, son Moses, she wasn’t feeling the same joyful feelings she had after giving birth to daughter Apple:
“I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”
She says that husband Chris Martin was the first to tell her that he thought something was “off” and helped her face what she was really going through:
“I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child,” she explains. “But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.”
It’s so nice to see so many celebrity moms being honest and open about suffering from this condition. It’s common, but it used to be such a “taboo” to admit it.
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