Postnatal depression affects between 10-15% of all new mothers in the UK, making women feel low and experience difficult bonding with their newborn baby.
Now these seven celebrities have opened up about their own experiences in the hope of helping others who are going through the same thing.
If you think you have symptoms, that go beyond the normal hormonal baby blues, the NHS says it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
Adele, who has a four-year-old son Angelo, said in an interview with Vanity Fair: “I felt very inadequate. I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life.”
“Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it; they thought everyone would think they were a bad mum, and it’s not the case. It makes you a better mum if you give yourself a better time.”
Paltrow now has two children with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Apple, 12 and Moses, 10, but she explained how her son’s birth in 2006 was dogged by postnatal depression.
She said: “At my lowest, I was a robot. I just didn’t feel anything. I had no maternal feelings for him – it was awful. My problem was that I never acknowledged anything was wrong. I didn’t put two and two together.”
McLean, who has two children, Amy and Finlay, used Loose Women to talk about her postnatal depression: “I felt that my family would be better off without me. I felt that my daughter would be better off without me. I was so ashamed of how I was feeling.”
“A lot of people see me and I’ve been in hair and makeup and I’m all professional and I do my job smiling, interacting, being interested and engaged but what I was doing was literally sobbing all the way home.”
Apprentice runner-up Zissman, has two daughters, Dixie and Indigo Esme, and she told OK! magazine: “While everyone else was…