Gwyneth Paltrow recently revealed that she suffered from post-partum depression after the birth of her second child two years ago. Saying that, at the time, she felt disconnected, pessimistic and “out of my body,” Paltrow also admits that she didn’t realize that she had PPD until after it passed.
Paltrow, 35, known almost as much for naming her kids Apple and Moses as for her stints with macrobiotic and alcohol-free diets, reportedly to aid fertility, was hospitalized earlier this year for unknown reasons. The actor says she’s since scaled back her work schedule and suspects that cutting back on regular acupuncture contributed to the PPD she experienced.
I find this all quite interesting since celebs like Gwynnie often appear to be uber-mommies in front of the cameras, sweeping through pregnancy without a fashion don’t flashing across their bellies, breezing through birth without a stretch mark or baby weight jelly belly for more than a few weeks. Putting a famous face to post-partum depression can only help the countless women who live next door and sit beside us on the train or befriend us at preschool parent meetings and are challenged by agonizing depression after the birth of their babies.
It’s also interesting that her announcement lands so close to Cynthia Nixon’s reveal about having breast cancer, also two years ago. I’m not saying there’s a link between these leading ladies and their health issue admissions, but I am curious about when and why celebs start sharing personal information.
When do you think it’s a good time to tell people you’ve had (or have PPD)?
Keep the convo going with me! I’m still obsessing over whether or not celebs should share their health secrets.
Although I’m not a big (gasp!) Coldplay fan, Gwyneth and Chris are one of the Hollywood couples I hope stay hitched. Are they a couple you root for too?
A Quick Review:
It seems as though everytime a celebrity brings awareness about something most people “normally” go through in life it’s a big shock. PPD is a serious problem, and it touches so many women. And many of these women will never be helped or recognized for having experienced because they may not have access to decent health care or have Gwenth’s money & fame. Then when they do go to the doctor they don’t get to talk about their emotions that are biologically “normal”- they get antidepressants thrown at them. While this may be a temporary fix, it’s not for everyone.
Not to sound like Tom Cruise here, I have experienced PPD firsthand . But unlike Gwenyth, my daughter was stillborn at 39 weeks. I was just as “crunchy” with a macrobiotic diet, yoga, and all that I could do to take care of myself. At a routine dr. visit it was discovered she had no heartbeat. Within 24 hrs I was in the delivery room and had to deliver her (an 8lb baby) since my insurance was not going to cover a c section. (& my dr. was a moron)
It was a horrific experience that I will never forget but I refuse to become a victim of PPD, PTSD, or whatever the latest pillpopper diagnosis is. I deal with it one day at a time with a great husband for support. There is no “appropriate” time to tell someone, not everyone wants to tell the world.Not everyone has a new movie coming out.
Sorry but I have to disagree:
“Putting a famous face to post-partum depression can only help the countless women who live next door and sit beside us on the train or befriend us at preschool parent meetings and are challenged by agonizing depression after the birth of their babies.”
Does it really? Or is it a P.R move? Average people like me are not inspired, just see them as humans who eat, sleep, poop, & get depressed like us all. What I’d really like to see is a celeb stand up for human rights of healthcare system that is not killing people. The numbers of women out there who have no health insurance is never an issue when celebs “reach out”.