Hayden Panettiere made an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael this past Monday.
She talked about her role in Nashville as Juliette Barnes. Barnes is a new mom who is suffering from postpartum depression and Panettiere admitted that she can personally relate to the struggles that her character faces.
Hayden (26) and her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko (39) welcomed their daughter, Kaya in 2014. Shortly after Kaya’s birth, is where Hayden’s experience with postpartum depression began.
Earlier in September she had a feature in US Weekly where she confessed that she “suffered a bit” with postpartum symptoms. She hopes that women know they are “not alone or crazy”.
She also opened up to the ABC co-hosts and told them that she wishes there wasn’t such a stigma for mothers suffering from PPD.
The struggles are “really scary” but it’s something women need to feel comfortable talking about.
Hayden told Kelly and Michael:
“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal. (…) There’s a lot of misunderstanding. There are 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, its hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Her appearance was a call out to all women suffering in silence and letting those women know that they aren’t alone and shouldn’t be afraid to look for help. The condition is temporary! In fact, Hayden is already looking forward to maybe having another child in the future! She said:
“I’m not going to speak too soon. One at a time. I mean, I would love it if Wlad figured out a way to get pregnant and he could have the baby. We would be going right now, no problem.”
Her visit to the talk show was meaningful and empowering. And she ended the topic in the best way she could…by talking about how awesome women are!
“Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”