I know this will come to a surprise to absolutely no one (especially my ladies out there), but giving birth is NOT easy. Yes, growing another human inside of yourself is pretty freakin’ magical, and it’ll all be worth it in the end blah blah blah… but it is also a very difficult thing to do. Having said that, the postpartum experience can end up being even harder.
Although there’s definitely still a stigma around the subject, more and more women over the years have been opening up about their struggle with postpartum depression, and that wonderfully includes celebrity moms too.
So here are some celebrity moms who have been totally open about their own struggle with postpartum depression. It’s a LOT more common than people might think, and hopefully, these women sharing their stories will help others come forward and get the help they need.
1. Princess Diana
Princess Diana was one of the first ever celebrity women to speak openly about her struggle with PPD. During a 1995 interview with the BBC, Diana said that she received a “great deal” of treatment for it at the time, but still felt that people thought she was “attention-seeking”… classic.
“I was unwell with postnatal depression, which no one ever discusses, postnatal depression, you have to read about it afterward, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. You’d wake up in the morning feeling you didn’t want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself.”
2. Serena Williams
In an Instagram post she shared back in August 2018, Serena Williams got SUPER real about her struggle with “postpartum emotions” after she welcomed her first daughter, Olympia, who’s now almost 2. For her, she found that communication helped the best.
Remember folks, it’s important to talk to the people around you!
3. Amber Portwood
Earlier this year, Amber Portwood was also very open about her postpartum depression on Teen Mom OG, revealing that she was struggling with her mental health after giving birth to her second child, James, in 2018. So much so in fact, that Amber also admitted that she even had thoughts of harming herself.
4. Behati Prinsloo
Behati Prinsloo has two daughters with Adam Levine – Dusty Rose, who is 2, and Gio Grace, who is 1 – and she definitely has NOT been shy about the fact that she battled postpartum depression after welcoming her first child. Fortunately, it sounds like unlike MTV, Victoria Secrets was really good about letting the model go back to work in her own time.
“After my first baby, I had a little postpartum depression and it was difficult to get back into normal life, but after the second one everything felt so much easier; it was easier for me to work out, breastfeeding was easier. No one pressured me to return to work, not even Victoria’s Secret, who I was under contract with — they never asked me when I was going to be back.”
Amazing to hear!
5. Vanessa Lachey
In 2013, Vanessa took to her own blog to open up about how she felt after her now 6-year-old son, Camden, was born in 2012. After she was home with him for a few days, she said the depression really set in – and it wasn’t until she took some time for herself (which is SO important, but often neglected by new moms) that she felt better.
“I felt lost, unloved, alone and at my wits end. It’s weird, too, because I have an amazing and supportive husband, his loving family and wonderful friends,” she wrote. “But at that moment … I felt like NO ONE understood me.”
6. Lena Headey
In case you didn’t know, Lena dominated television as Cersei in Game of Thrones, but not many people know that while she was filming the first season, she was also battling PPD after giving birth to her first son, Wylie, who’s now 9.
In a 2017 interview with Net-A-Porter, Lena admitted that filming GoT was tough when she had so many other things going on.
“I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it. I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?’ I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year on Game of Thrones in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”