Hayden Panettiere recently appeared on Live with Kelly & Michael show in the US and really opened up about her experience with post natal depression after the birth of her daughter, now 9 month old Kaya.

The 26 year old Nashville actress said:

“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re 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,”

“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.”

She finishes off the conversation with “Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”

Have you experienced post natal depression? SHARE your thoughts about it in the comments below.

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  • It’s good that so many women open up about PND.
    Luckily I never suffered it.


  • The more PND is talked about openly, the less stigma there will be and the more likely people will seek help.


  • Brave of her, lets hope it helps others.


  • Good on Hayden!!! Such a taboo subject and with the media and everything you have handled it all with such grace and dignity – THANK YOU!!!

    I have had 4 babies, and PND was definitely there with me. It is something that needs to be seen to and be treated. It is very scary and very hard and can form into something worse. It is amazing to have a beautiful baby and everything and then just BAM! You just wonder why you feel this way when you have this beautiful little baby!


  • I’m glad a star has brought more awareness to the issue


  • Very brave to be so honest. Good on her.


  • Good to see some honesty…..more of us need to be in order to help one another.Good on her!!


  • It is good to see celebrities coming forward and speaking up about PND, this shows that anyone can suffer from this, I think this also will encourage others who are suffering to get help.
    Please if you are suffering please be brave and seek the help.

    • yes putting a face to it hey, good on hayden


  • Lke it


  • Good for her, opening up about PND. It makes more people aware it’s nothing to be ashamed of


  • As horrible as this sounds, it’s great to hear all these stories about other sufferers and them over coming it as it feels like I’m not alone in this and that it isn’t something to be ashamed of.
    But it’s such a horrible thing to go through and saddens me she went through it.

    • Good on you for sharing your story too – you are not alone and there is no shame in sharing and no shame in PND.


  • A timely reminder that anyone, from any walk of life can suffer from PND, and often when we least expect it.


  • This was quite an interesting article to read! Thank you!


  • what a lovely and honest celebrity :) I wish her well and thank her for her story


  • I think it’s hard to know sometimes if you’ve experienced it or not. Because it is a spectrum, and hormones are involved, and we all have down & ready days as new mums. But to be officially diagnosed is a different thing. I did get very socially isolated with #2 as she would only sleep in her cot at home (never in the pram or car). So I felt I had to stay home to allow her to get the necessary sleep to grow & develop normally. But I have also known people who have ended up in psychiatric inpatient wards with severe anxiety & depression. It’s very real, but not something I can relate to personally.


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