Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About About Postpartum Depression: 'I Was Confronted With One Of The Darkest Chapters Of My Life!'

Fri, July 23, 2010 3:17pm EDT by Add first Comment

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In the latest installment of her GOOP newsletter, Gwyneth Paltrow reveals her struggle with a new mom’s biggest nightmare, as does her pal Eclipse star Bryce Dallas Howard.

A mother never knows when postpartum depression may hit her. It can happen the day after giving birth or a year later. For actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 37, it struck her after the birth of her second child, son Moses Martin on Apr. 8, 2006.

“When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth, much the way I had when my daughter was born two years earlier,” Gwyneth says in her newest GOOP blog. “Instead, I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life.”

“For about five months I had, what I can see in hindsight as postnatal depression,” continues Gwyn. “Since that time, I have wanted to know more about it. Not only from a hormonal and scientific standpoint, and why so many of us experience it, but from the perspective of other women who have gone through it.”

Because of her curiosity, Gwyn reached out to two doctors to get their thoughts on the subject. She shares them in her GOOP newsletter, along with the story of Eclipse star Bryce Dallas Howard‘s struggle with the condition she describes as “a nightmare.” Click here to read it all!

- Lindsey DiMattina

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