We love Drew Barrymoore, she’s refreshingly honest on topics from motherhood to marriage.
So we appreciated iy when she opened up about the shock of suffering from post partum depression after the birth of her second child Frankie, now 18 months old.
“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,” she told People magazine. “It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”
And as a working mama, Drew confessed that she felt guilty and “overwhelmed” juggling working life with parenthood but has learnt to take things “one thing at a time” and stay in the moment.
If you’re a mum – or a mum-to-be – postpartum depression is still a taboo topic to talk about – postpartum depression, which as many as 15% of new mothers every year suffer from. So it’s a positive step that public figures now, like Drew, are talking about the issue more.
Earlier this month, 26-year old Nashville star Hayden Panettiere admitted she had checked herself into a treatment facility after the birth of 10-month old Kaya.
“[Postpartum depression is] something a lot of women experience,” Hayden shared on Live! with Kelly and Michael. And she was quick to dispel myths of what this actually means for many women. “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’ — 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.”
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And Homeland actress, Claire Danes, also said recently: “Being a mum is incredibly challenging. But we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it’s not just that. We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility.”
By sharing these issues with the public and putting out these private struggles into the open, encourages us to talk about it. Whether it be with professionals or to your friends, we should never suffer in silence.
By Jessica Cooper