Cardi B had to put some aspects of her life on hold after giving birth in July 2018. 1
Nearly two months after she welcomed daughter, Kulture, Cardi B's lawyers revealed that the rapper was suffering from "unanticipated postpartum complications." No further details were shared but according to TMZ, her legal team said the complications were the reason why Cardi couldn't sit for a deposition for an ongoing lawsuit against her as well as the reason why she canceled her tour with Bruno Mars.
Penelope Cruz also struggled with some baby blues after her firstborn. 2
Penelope and husband, Javier Bardem, welcomed her first child, Leo, in 2011 and two weeks after his birth, it was reported that she was suffering from "maternity blues."
Chrissy Teigen shared her struggle with postpartum depression. 3
The cookbook author revealed in an essay for Glamour magazine that she had struggled with PPD after welcoming her first child, Luna. Her revelation made it clear that no matter who you are or what you have, depression can hit just about anyone--it doesn't discrimate. "I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy," she shared. "What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How can I feel this way when everything is so great?"
Paulina Rubio is also said to have dealt with PPD. 5
It was rumored that Paulina struggled with the baby blues after she welcomed her first son, Andrea Nicolás, and her second, Eros. Although she never confirmed, Jacky Bracamontes revealed the singer helped her when she was dealing with her own post-baby sadness.
Britney Spears suffered a breakdown after she had her boys. 6
The singer had a public meltdown in 2007, following the arrival of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden. When she sought treatment, doctors revealed that she had been struggling with a case of the "baby blues."
Angelina Jolie reportedly dealt with mood swings after welcoming her twins. 7
After she welcomed twins, Vivienne and Knox, Angie reportedly struggled with some terrible "mood swings. "Angelina slips into depression mode all the time. She has been trying to control her emotions around her older children but her mood swings have been hard on the entire family," a source reportedly said to In Touch Weekly. "She has been staying in bed most of the time, all she does is sleep. She has little energy and has to force herself to remember to eat because she is still breast feeding. She cries at the drop of a hat and laughs at inappropriate times."
Serena Williams wants more people to talk about PPD. 8
“Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it. I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying … because I wanted to be perfect for her.”
Adele struggled with depression after giving birth to son, Angelo, in 2013. 9
"I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me,” the singer revealed to Vanity Fair in 2016. “My knowledge of postpartum--or post-natal, as we call it in England--is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job. But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life.”
Celine Dion kept it real about her struggles. 11
"One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason, and then that took care of itself,' the singer told French GALA magazine in 2011. "I had no appetite and that bothered me. My mother remarked that she noticed I had moments of lifelessness, but reassured me that this was entirely normal. It's for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support."
Drew Barrymore had to prioritize her family over work to cope with raising two kids. 12
“I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand,’ It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud,” she told People. "I just got right on the idea of, where do I need to be the most? Fifty-fifty would be ideal but life doesn’t work like that. Life is messy. It was just really challenging and I felt overwhelmed. I made a lot of decisions and I definitely changed my work life to suit my parenthood.”
Jacqueline Bracamontes' mommy journey has been rough. 13
The TV personality gave birth to a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, in 2013. Unfortunately, her son didn't survive due to breathing complications. The following year, she gave birth to daughter Carolina, and she revealed via Twitter that she was struggling with postpartum depression.
Actress Hayden Panettiere suffered from PPD after giving birth to daughter, Kaya in December 2014. 14
"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," she said on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September 2015. "It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support."
Beyoncé opened up about allowing her body to heal after major complications during her pregnancy. 15
The singer opened up about being 218 pounds when she gave birth to twins, Rumi and Sir, in 2017, due to complications from toxemia. "After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be," she told Vogue in September 2018. "But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too."
Kendra Wilkinson's postpartum depression made her fear for the future of her marriage to then-husband, Hank Baskett. 16
Kendra said her depression was so bad, she would lock herself in closets and "scream and cry" and the reality star said she was in a really dark place. "I felt devastated, helpless--like I was in a black hole," she told In Touch Weekly in 2014. "I even thought of harming myself. I just threatened [suicide] a lot."
Marjorie de Sousa kept it real about her PPD. 18
After she gave birth to Matias, and following the breakup with her son's father, Julián Gil, the actress revealed her depression got so bad at one point she didn't leave her bedroom in a week and a half.
After giving birth to her first child in 2003, Brooke Shields' depression got so bad she contemplated suicide. 19
“I finally had a healthy beautiful baby girl and I couldn’t look at her. I couldn’t hold her and I couldn’t sing to her and I couldn’t smile at her … All I wanted to do was disappear and die," she revealed in 2009 during a speech. "I should not exist. The baby would be better off without me. Life was never going to get better so I better just go.”
Vanessa Lachey struggled after the birth of her first child. 20
"I started crying. I was feeding Camden and crying my eyes out. I felt like I had officially come undone," she shared on her blog. Her and husband, Nick Lachey, have welcomed two more kids after that, Brooklyn and Phoenix.