Drew Barrymore has talked openly about what it felt like to have postnatal depression following the birth of her second child. The Charlie’s Angels actress has two daughters – Olive, 3, and 18-month-old Frankie.
“I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!'” she told People.
“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.”
Drew, 40, who is married to Will Kopelman, said her PND was short-lived. “Probably only six months,” she said but it’s reminded her to live in the present.
“[That’s] really important,” she said. “I was in the kids’ class the other morning and I started fretting about some piece of work news that was just stressful and I just thought, ‘Save it until after class – one thing at a time’.”
Just last month, Hayden Panettiere checked herself into a PND treatment facility after previously talking about her struggle.
We think it’s so positive that celebrities are willing to talk about their PND. The more women talk about it, the easier it will be to spot the signs early on.