I love me my chick flicks and happy movies as much as the next gal, but there’s a tendency in Hollywood to put a happy, zen-y spin on the days after delivering a baby that just ain’t true. Remember Quinn showing up to school all skinny and not-limping days after giving birth on “Glee?” Well, Gwyneth Paltrow is here to remind us all that there is a potential dark side to childbirth, and its name is postpartum depression. In the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, Gwyneth Paltrow’s postpartum depression is detailed with real honesty, including how she beat it.
“I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect,” the 38-year-old mom of two tells Good Housekeeping of her time after son Moses’ delivery. “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.”
We all have those moments, obviously, but the scope of this feeling is huge, and kudos to husband Chris Martin for recognizing Paltrow’s pain and suggesting it was more than just “baby blues” (I hate that expression).
“About four months into it, Chris came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong,’ ” Paltrow says. “I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble.” Once she acknowledged the problem, she began to feel better and eventually got back to making movies like “Country Strong.”
She’s been vocal in sharing her story. Thanks, Gwyneth – I think that makes it more accepted for those of us who aren’t in Hollywood to do the same, and I know I appreciate it.
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