Pregnancy is typically an exciting time in a woman’s life, but with it comes many obstacles as well. During this period, and even after birth, many women feel a wave of different emotions from joy and stress to anxiety and even sadness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many women experience the baby blues after giving birth while others develop postpartum depression, which is more intense, long lasting, and can interfere with daily activities. It’s important to note that no two moms experience postpartum symptoms the same, but the condition itself is more common than you think.
CDC research shows that about 1 in 8 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. And the numbers may be even higher. The CDC notes that healthcare providers aren’t asking enough women about depression (about 1 in 5 women were not asked about symptoms of depression during a prenatal visit, and 1 in 8 were not asked during a postpartum visit). In an effort to raise awareness of the condition, famous women have shared their experiences with postpartum depression, which we’ve compiled in a series of quotes. From doling advice to how they acknowledged it, these celeb moms bare it all in the hopes of advocating for others to do the same and finding the courage to ask for help.