Here’s a topic that doesn’t get discussed nearly often enough: Hayden Panettiere is opening up about her experience with postpartum depression. Her ‘Nashville’ character, Juliette Barnes, struggled with it on the show, and it turns out Hayden herself experienced it after the birth of her daughter, Kaya.
Hayden shared during her appearance on ‘Live With Kelly and Michael’:
I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
SO true. This is something all new mothers should be educated about.
Hayden discussed the stigma that surrounds postpartum depression.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding. There’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Despite her personal experiences, the ‘Nashville’ star is already planning to expand her family: she wants four kids with fiance Wladimir Klitschko.
Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!
“I would love it if Wlad figured out a way to get pregnant and he could have the baby. We would be going right now, no problem.”
When Kelly Ripa asked if Wlad would have a child if he could, Hayden replied:
Absolutely. Absolutely. I asked him this question…He’s going to be like, ‘I can’t believe you told them!’ But when I was pregnant, he did this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving—almost like she was in his stomach. He wanted to feel what it was like to have a baby as close to him as it was to me.”
Awww… They should have gotten him one of those “empathy bellies”! I’m glad Hayden is speaking out about postpartum depression and that ‘Nashville’ included it in a storyline: hopefully it will help educate everyone about this illness.
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