During an episode of the Goop podcast, Gwyneth Paltrow candidly opened up about her experience with something that hits close to home for a lot of women: , also commonly referred to as postpartum depression.
"I think [it] was really shocking to me because I never thought that I would be a person who got postnatal depression,” Paltrow said.
reported that Paltrow and her mom, Blythe Danner, spoke in an episode titled, "Gwyneth x Blythe: On Mothers and Daughters," about Gwyneth's two very different experiences after giving birth.
“I was so euphoric when Apple was born, and I assumed it would happen with Mosey and it just…it took a while. I really went into a dark place," she continued.
Paltrow has two children Apple, 13, and Moses, 12, with her ex-husband, Chris Martin. The Coldplay singer was the first to suggest that Paltrow might be experiencing which include a loss in pleasure of the things that you enjoy, racing thoughts, excessive irritability, and feeling guilty or worthless, among many others.
“I couldn’t connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter and I couldn’t understand why. I couldn’t connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached,” Paltrow said during an episode of Lifetime’s The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet in 2016.
According to the , one in seven women experience postpartum depression. Not all women experience the same kind of postnatal depression—in some cases, the symptoms are more severe, leading a woman to be hospitalized. Paltrow said this wasn't the case for her, and in 2015, she told Entertainment Weekly she wished people could not feel ashamed.
"It’s a very debilitating thing, and I think there’s so much shame around it and there shouldn’t be," said Paltrow—and she's right about that.