Nashville lead actress Hayden Panettiere said she can identify with her character, Julie, as both of them experienced postpartum depression.
The actress appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael on Monday and opened up about the struggles that come with motherhood.
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“She went through that, which is something that I can very much relate to, and something that I know a lot of women experience,” said the actress, who gave birth to daughter Kaya, last year. Although the 26-year-old Nashville actress never had negative feelings toward her newborn, she says that there are women who did. Panettiere is aware that many people take postpartum depression lightly and that “it’s not real” or that it was just hormonal imbalance. “It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support,” Panettiere elaborated.
In a previous interview with UsWeekly the actress also admitted that she “suffered a bit” from postpartum depression.
Despite experiencing postpartum depression, the actress is thinking of having more children someday but she is still not sure as to how large she wants her family to become.
“I would love to have a big family. I always said four, but I’m not gonna speak too soon. One at a time,” shared Panettiere who is currently enjoying motherhood with her baby Kaya.
She and her Ukrainian boxer fiancée, Wladimir Klitschko, welcomed their bundle of joy in December 2014. According to her, Kaya and father are “inseparable.”
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Panettiere hopes that women will become more open to talk about this sensitive subject, and she believes that the best way to address it is to seek support from loved ones.
“It’s something, I think, that needs to be talked about, and women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”