Hayden Panettiere Says Fighting Postpartum Depression Made Her a 'Better Mom'
The Nashville actress checked into a treatment facility last May.
Like Adele and Jillian Michaels before her, Hayden Panettiere is among a slew of celebrity moms who've been refreshingly honest about their battles with postpartum depression. In a recent interview with Good Morning America, the Nashville star opened up about her struggle since announcing she'd be checking into a treatment facility in May 2016. (Read: 6 subtle signs of postpartum depression)
"It takes you a while and you feel off, you don't feel like yourself," the young mom told GMA host Lara Spencer, who's also overcome PPD. "Women are so resilient and that's the incredible thing about them," she continued. "I think I'm all the stronger for it. I think I'm a better mom because of it because you never take that connection for granted."
Hayden first revealed she had PPD in October 2015, less than a year after giving birth to her daughter, Kaya, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Since then, she's been very outspoken about her battle along the road to recovery.
She credits her recovery in part to the support of her family and friends, but also Juliette Barnes, her character in Nashville, who also struggled with PPD on the show.
"I think it helped me identify what was going on and to let women know that it's okay to have a moment of weakness," she said. "It doesn't make you a bad person, doesn't make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You've just got to let it make you stronger."
Watch her entire interview below.