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Bryce Dallas Howard Suffered a 'Wave Of Nothingness' After The Birth Of Her Son! Did You Struggle With Postpartum Despression?

Tue, August 9, 2011 10:17am EDT by 5 Comments

‘The Help’ star, who is expecting her second child, is terrified she’ll face the baby blues again: ‘I was in a really dark place.’

Although she’s glowing with pregnancy pride, Bryce Dallas Howard wasn’t always so thrilled about the prospect of motherhood. After the birth of her first child, Theo, now 4, the actress, 30, battled postpartum depression for 18 months, admitting she felt more “normal” the further away she was from her baby son. Can you relate to what Bryce went through, HollyMoms?

“It was so weird because he was born and it was just like this wave of nothingness,” Bryce tells the ladies of The Talk. “It was like the further — again, a terrible thing to admit — but the further away that he was from me, the more normal I felt.”

“It was like the closer in proximity I got to him I just started to get sucked into this kind of really dark place. I mean it was insidious. It was horrible.”

Other stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Courteney Cox also struggled with postpartum depression, admitting they “felt like a zombie” and were experiencing suicidal thoughts after the birth of their children.

Bryce, who is expecting her second baby with actor Seth Grabel, beat depression after undergoing homeopathic treatment for another issue. And although she’s worried about what may happen after the birth of her new addition, Bryce is confident that she’s strong enough to pull through with the support of family and friends.

Did you struggle with postpartum depression? Share your stories.

–Leigh Blickley


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