Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression
January 5, 2011
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You may get irked reading Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP newsletter, her weekly e-mail that tells you what to eat, buy and do if you want to be like Gwyneth Paltrow. If you can't find time to work out daily or afford to buy the $52 fly swatter she is in love with, you may feel like she's got you beat. She is, after all, the daughter of Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow, an Oscar winning movie star, and the wife of a rock star.
But all the money and fame in the world can’t prevent postpartum hormones going haywire. In a refreshing interview with Good Housekeeping, she discussed a less-cheery episode in her life after the birth of her second child, Moses:
"I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect. 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 [after Moses was born]. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person."
She admits it wasn't until her husband spoke up that she realized there was a problem.
"I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it's so important for women to talk about."
She’s also discussed her postpartum depression in GOOP, making reference to Dooce blogger Heather Armstrong and her book, It Sucked And Then I Cried.
Does it make you feel better to hear GP battled PPD too?