Gwyneth Paltrow says postpartum depression made her feel 'like a zombie'
Gwyneth Paltrow has words of wisdom for all the mothers out there, revealing in a new interview that while she felt great after daughter Apple was born in 2004, she couldn't have felt worse following son Moses' birth two years later. We hope she didn't play any of husband Chris Martin's music around that time.
"I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect,"the 38-year-old tells Good Housekeeping. "It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person."
She adds that admitting there was an issue was the most difficult part: "I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child," she explains. "But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it's so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure." Oh, come now, Gwyneth, we all know the real failure was that macrobiotic diet you insisted on following. Be sure and see how she's feeling Jan. 15, when she hosts Saturday Night Live for the third time. We'll be watching just to see musical guest Cee-Lo Green.