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Gwyneth Paltrow and Bryce Dallas Howard Battled Postpartum Depression

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In her newest GOOP newsletter, Gwyneth Paltrow, 37, explores her postpartum depression. She writes:

Gwyneth Paltrow and Bryce Dallas Howard

"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. 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, and since that time, I have wanted to know more about it."

In GOOP, "Twilight: Eclipse" star Bryce Dallas Howard, 29, also details her postpartum depression:

"Before Theo was born, I had been in good humor about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it. I felt I was failing at breastfeeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress; I dreaded a film I was scheduled to shoot only a few weeks after the birth because I could barely focus enough to read the script. And worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother -- not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear."

Did you experience postpartum depression?


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