It’s a topic that is tricky but needs attention. Post partum depression is a very real and very sensitive topic, but more women are speaking about the issue and it’s wonderful way to bring exposure to form of depression. Drew Barrymore has opened up about her post partum depression after delivering her daughter, Frankie.
Drew has two beautiful daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months. After juggling a career and family, Barrymore talked openly with the magazine about her life and how children have changed her. “It’s perfect and totally imperfect,” the actress explained honestly.
However, not everything was perfect after Drew Barrymore had her second daughter. “I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand,’ ” Drew revealed. “It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”
Barrymore revealed balancing life and work was part of the trouble for her. “I just got right on the idea of, where do I need to be the most? Fifty-fifty would be ideal but life doesn’t work like that. Life is messy. It was just really challenging and I felt overwhelmed. I made a lot of decisions and I definitely changed my work life to suit my parenthood.”
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The stress and experience reminded her of what is important, and little moments in life underline that for Barrymore, every day. “It’s really important. I was in the kids’ class with Frankie and Olive this morning and I started fretting about some piece of work news that was just stressful,” she notes. “You know, in like the Broadway Babies class and it’s the one-hit wonders day, and they’re singing I don’t even know what song, and we’re all doing our lollipop drums and I just thought, ‘Save it until after class.’ One thing at a time.”
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