Seeing them enjoy exotic vacations and lavish kiddie birthday parties with nannies in tow can leave a person to think that all celebrity moms have it easy. But the truth is, behind all of the glitz and glamour, celebrities experience the same crazy cocktail of emotions that many women experience after childbirth. To make matters worse, celebrity moms have to deal with their feelings of sadness and loneliness in the public eye. Some famous moms have openly shared their experiences with postpartum depression in these celebrity quotes about postpartum depression that will help you not feel alone.
We're conditioned to believe that all new moms spend their days staring lovingly into their new baby's eyes. This often leaves us mere mortal moms feeling guilty, confused and even embarrassed about experiencing anything other than complete joy when caring for their little ones.
If you are feeling less than blissful about being a new mom, read some of these quotes by famous moms who have courageously shared their experiences with the public. Although you may not walk the red carpet next to any of these ladies, you can take comfort in the fact that you have something very personal in common with them.
In an interview with People magazine, Barrymore said she experienced mild postpartum depression after the birth of her second son, Frankie. “I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great,'" she told the publicaitons. "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."
In a 2010 interview on Chelsea Lately, the R&B artist spoke candidly about her feelings of sadness after the birth of her son. "Nobody cares if you sleep; nobody cares if you eat," she said. "It’s just you and this all consuming thingy. And he wants all your time and attention and it hurt the first two months."
After the 2010 birth of her son Ever, Alanis Morissette opened up to Good Morning America about her struggles with postpartum depression and offered advice to other moms. "It was just a really intense time," she said. "If I could share anything with anyone who's going through it, it would be to encourage them to seek help and reach out a little earlier than I did."
Reality star, Kendra Wilkinson told People that she began to experience postpartum depression when the pressure to reclaim her post-baby body while caring for a newborn became too much to handle. “At the time I was doing whatever I could for the baby, but I lost myself and it was really frustrating,” she said. “Being in the spotlight is a lot of pressure about losing the weight, [especially] coming from the Playboy world."
Soap star and Real Housewife, Lisa Rinna told Dr. Drew that she dealt with feelings of sadness after the birth of her oldest daughter. "[I] opened up to [my husband] and told him how worthless I felt," she said. "My self-esteem was gone. I didn't want to have sex. It was opening up something that I felt so much shame about was the most valuable thing that I could have done.”
Singer Carnie Wilson opened up to People in a 2005 interview about her anxiety about failing her oldest daughter, Lola Sofia. "I cried all day over everything," she said. "You're overwhelmed with love and joy, then sadness and fear. You're so afraid you're going to fail this baby."
The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft told Celebrity Baby Scoop that her doctor helped her identify her feelings of sadness as postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter. "I was just going through the motions and I just couldn’t figure out why if I had everything in the world to be happy and thankful for, I just couldn’t feel happy," she said. "The doctor actually said that was classic postpartum depression but we just don’t hear about it."
Actress, Kristen Bell was concerned about her ability to bond with her new baby during her pregnancy. "'I just don't know how I'm going to like her as much as I like the dogs,'"Bell told Flare magazine. "I was being serious."
The Nashville star spoke candidly on Live! With Kelly and Michael about the need for new moms dealing with postpartum depression to receive support from their network of friends and family. "It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable," she said. "It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support."