Sarah Michelle Gellar has revealed in an emotional post that she suffered with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter.
The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star – who has two children, Charlotte, seven, and Rocky, four, with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. – has opened up about her postnatal experiences in an Instagram post.
Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for. I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born. I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better. And if you believe that postpartum depression should be covered by healthcare, please take a moment and go to callmecongress.com today, find your rep’s numbers and let them know. #NotAPreExistingCondition
“Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for,” she captioned on a black and white throwback snap of herself with her daughter.
“I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born.”
The actress went onto say that she sought professional help at this time.
“I got help and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for,” she says.
“To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better.”
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Earlier this year, Chrissy Teigen revealed she was also suffering with postnatal depression following the birth of her one-year-old daughter Luna.
“Postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do,” she said in a personal essay published in Glamour magazine.
Happy first birthday Lu!!!! My lovebug. You are all the best parts of the both of us and I cannot believe how much has happened in you first 12 months of life. We love you to the luna and back. Thank you @Yopeteryang for taking these awesome photos and the lip sync battle team for such a nice surprise!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Meanwhile, Grammy-award winning singer Adele has also revealed her own struggles after her son Angelo was born in 2012.
“I had postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me,” the British songstress told Vanity Fair. “[I felt] very inadequate.”
May has been declared Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, to help highlight the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety, so it’s great that celebrities are coming forward and sharing their stories and experiences. Hopefully, it will encourages other mums in a similar situation to seek the help they need too.
One in seven women in Australia suffers from postpartum depression and one in ten new fathers also experience postnatal depression, says Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA).
If you or someone you know is struggling, then remember you are not alone. Have a look at our story on what every mum who has experienced PND needs to hear as well as our post natal depression archives for ways to get the help you deserve.
PANDA National Helpline www.panda.org.au – 1300 726 306
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 224 636