Celebrities are more likely to be depressed

Pregnant + Depressed: These celebrities suffered from postpartum depression

Pregnancy is not always seen as a blessing. Women often struggle with depressive thoughts before and after giving birth. GALA introduces celebrity women who have grown from this experience.

"Enjoying your pregnancy to the fullest" is easy to say. Melanie Müller, who is currently struggling with her nerves, also notices this. She is seven months pregnant and, according to her own statements, in a "small phase of depression". GALA introduces prominent women who have been honest about their torn feelings during and after pregnancy.

Pregnancy is an emotional roller coaster ride

Depression during pregnancy and after delivery can manifest itself differently. Some women feel very sad, others worry about their child or feel guilty about them. According to the "Patient Information", about twelve out of 100 women have depression during pregnancy. The reason for this is often the fear of the future role and the physical changes. Stars like Mariah Carey and Beyoncé felt so pressured by weight gain that they could barely enjoy the pregnancy.
50 to 80 percent of all mothers show symptoms of so-called baby blues, a short-term depressive mood, in the first week after giving birth. Postpartum depression develops as a result in 15 out of 100 women.

Gwyneth Paltrow felt like a zombie mother

This is how Gwyneth Paltrow experienced it. She and her current ex-boyfriend Chris Martin have two children together. When daughter Apple was born in 2004, the new mother was on cloud nine. But when son Moses followed two years later, everything was different. "I felt like a zombie. I couldn't feel anything in my heart. I had no emotions at all. I didn't feel connected," the actress tried years later to put the situation into words for the US magazine "Good Housekeeping". While musician Chris Martin quickly understood how serious his wife's situation was, she refused to accept it: "I thought that with postpartum depression you would be in tears every day and not be able to look after the child." But she first had to learn how different postpartum depression can be. "I thought I was a terrible mother and a very terrible person." Today she loves her two children equally and can enjoy motherhood to the fullest.

Hayden Panettiere thinks she'll be a better mom after the depression

A fellow actress had a similar experience. In December 2014, the little daughter of Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko saw the light of day. After giving birth, the American fell into postpartum depression. While the boxer was happy about the addition to the family, Hayden Panettiere could not allow the love for the child. In October 2015 she therefore decided on therapy. However, only a few months later, the depressive thoughts returned and she again sought psychiatric treatment. "You don't feel like yourself"the mother said in retrospect in 2017 on the US show "Good Morning America". It took her a lot of time to settle in the role of mother. "I think I'm a better mother today because you never take this connection to your own child for granted again," she said on the TV show.

Postpartum depression made Brooke Shields think of suicide

Brooke Shields was among the first celebrity women to fight the stigma of postpartum depression. She even has a book called "I would love to love you so much. overthe great sadness after the birth"written. In the experience report, she discusses in detail her emotions after the birth of her first daughter. She had during her postpartum depressionthought of suicide and couldn't even look at her babysaid the actress to the US magazine "People".

Because of the depression, Adele cannot imagine a second child

Singer Adele also had to get to know the dark side of motherhood. Women, like Adele, who have been caught up with depressive thoughts earlier in their lives are particularly susceptible to postpartum depression. The world star shared this experience with "Vanity Fair" in 2016: "I had a really bad postpartum depression after I gave birth to my son. That scared me." She was obsessed with her baby and still felt guilty because she wanted two minutes to herself. "My boyfriend said I should talk to other women who were pregnant and I was like, 'Fuck it, I don't hang out with a bloody bunch of moms.'" It took her to overcome her own prejudices. Today she knows: "It makes you a better mother if you give yourself a better time."

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Depression during and after pregnancy is not a personal failure or a sign that a woman is a bad mother or does not love her child enough. If you also need someone to talk to, you will find support at the Deutsche Depressionshilfe: 0800/33 44 533

Sources used: Patient Information, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, Good Morning America, Deutsche Depressionshilfe