Lena Headey from "Game of Thrones" Opens Up About Postpartum Depression
"I just burst into tears."
If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you know all about Cersei Lannister's take-no-prisoners parenting approach. Now, Lena Headey, the actress who plays her, is opening up about a more personal struggle that affects mothers outside the Seven Kingdoms.
The 43-year-old recently shared that she struggled with postpartum depression during the first season of Game of Thrones. (Related: 6 Subtle Signs of Postpartum Depression)
"I was postnatally depressed but I didn't know it," she told Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the show, for the latest issue of The Edit. "I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, 'Am I? Why is that?'"
The mother of two eventually sought professional help. "I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year (on Game of Thrones) in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally," she told Williams. "It was tricky."
Headey isn't the first celebrity to open up about postpartum depression. Adele shared her personal struggle back in November while Kendra Wilkinson and Hayden Panettiere have been open about their own battles in the past.
Postpartum depression affects around 16 percent of childbearing women, so it's important that celebrities are using their voices to show that PPD is nothing to be ashamed of and that new mamas need to stick together and support each other.