Famous faces of postnatal depression – You are not alone

Its Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week Perinatal Mental Health Cymru (PMH Cymru) are sharing inspirational ‘True Stories’ about perinatal mental health all week.

Along with sharing ‘True Stories’ we are also aiming to raise awareness of perinatal mental health (PMH) difficulties, helping to reduced any associated stigma surrounding the very real debilitating illness that is affecting families Worldwide by sharing some PMH related quotes by some famous faces.

You are not alone…

Courteney Cox

Actress best known for playing Monica in friends suffered with postnatal depression.

“I went through a really hard time—not right after the baby, but when Coco turned 6 months. I couldn’t sleep,” the actress said. “My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled.”

Marie Osmond

American singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family the Osmonds.

In her 2001 memoir Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression  Osmond detailed her battle with depression following the birth of her son Matthew, the youngest of her eight children.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Famous for movies such as Iron Man, Shallow Hall, Severn and Emma. Gwyneth Paltrow told vogue UK that she suffered with postnatal depression after the birth of her son Moses in 2006.

“At my lowest, I was a robot. I just didn’t feel anything. I had no maternal instincts for him—it was awful. I couldn’t connect, and still, when I look at pictures of him at three months old, I don’t remember that time.”

Fern Britton

TV personality Fern Britton opened up about her struggles with postnatal depression to OK magazine.

Fern said: “Everyone tells you that having a baby is going to be perfect, so you try to be the perfect mum. However, you’re not blooming at all, you’re blooming awful. I was lonely, isolated and frightened.

“I felt lost, like a failure and I couldn’t identify with who I was anymore. When the doctor told me what I was feeling was Postnatal Depression it was so liberating, I felt such a sense of relief that I wasn’t going mad. Once my family knew, I started to get better.”

Hayden Panettiere

Heros and Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere suffered with postnatal depression following the birth of her daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014.

“When they tell you about postpartum depression, you think about, ‘Okay, I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child, I want to hurt my child’—I’ve never ever had those feelings, and some women do.”

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields is an American actress, model and former child star.

She talks about her struggles with postnatal depression and suicidal feelings in her book Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.

“If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help. I would have worn it like a badge,” Shields told People magazine. “I didn’t at first—but finally I did fight. I survived.”

Bryce Dallas Howard

Spider man 3 and Twilight star Bryce Dallas Howard  talked about her postpartum depression in Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter GOOP. She cried daily, wasn’t able to eat, and lashed out at her loved ones.

“My husband would ask what he could do to help, but knowing there was nothing he could do, I screamed expletives at him, behaviour he had never experienced in the seven years we had been together,” she wrote.

Natasha Hamilton

Atomic Kitten singer has opened up about her struggle with postnatal depression in two of her pregnancies:

“You’re exhausted and your emotions are everywhere. Prenatal depression is just like extra stress on your shoulders.” She added: “It all came back to me having this fear of not being able to work and not being able to provide for my children. But now I know I need to work it out or just let go. Inside I feel much more relaxed.”

Drew Barrymore

The Wedding Singer and E.T star told People magazine about what she went through during her second birth:

“I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand.’ It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”

Celine Dion

Singer Celine Dion has talked about the struggles after giving birth to her twin sons:

“Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason.” She added: “Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. I had no appetite and that bothered me. My mother remarked that she noticed I had moments of lifelessness but reassured me that this was entirely normal. It’s for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support.”

Amanda Peet

Actor Amanda Peet has shared her experiences with postnatal depression after giving birth to her daughter Frankie:

“And after I gave birth I had a fairly serious postpartum depression. I think it was because I had a really euphoric pregnancy.”

Andrea McLean

Loose Women presenter shared with ‘The Mirror’  that she suffered from post-natal depression in secret for three years

“I felt rubbish as a mother and useless as a wife,”

“It was a dark time for me. I felt completely down and miserable, but I didn’t want to burden anyone with what was going on.

“So in breaks on the show I would run to the loos and cry my eyes out.

“I’d cry and cry, then take a deep breath and sort myself out and go back out with a smile on my face.

“No-one knew what was happening. I managed to hide it very well, for a long time.”


The singer who has a four-year-old son Angelo, said in an interview with Vanity Fair: “I felt very inadequate. I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life.”

“Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it; they thought everyone would think they were a bad mum, and it’s not the case. It makes you a better mum if you give yourself a better time.”

Stacey Solomon

Solomon has two sons,  after the birth of her first son, when she was just 18-years-old, she suffered with PND, explaining: “I felt really trapped, like I’m going to be terrible, like I’m not going to be able to do this, I can’t live up to what the responsibility is.

“I just didn’t feel I had it in me as a person, which is crazy because I absolutely adore my children and I would do anything for them.”

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