2 Big Celebs Reveal Postpartum Issues

Carrie Underwood, Drew Barrymore talk motherhood
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2015 10:00 AM CDT
2 Big Celebs Reveal Postpartum Issues
In this June 13, 2015, file photo, Carrie Underwood performs at LP Field at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.   (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

Carrie Underwood is pure poise on the red carpet, onstage, and on TV—but she's finding it hard to strike a balance these days, she says. "I think mom guilt is rampant in my life," says Underwood, whose son Isaiah was born in February. "I am sure it is in any mom's ... I still constantly wonder, 'Is this fair to him? Is my life fair to him?'" Underwood, whose new album, Storyteller, is out on Friday, knows the exhaustion that comes after being up with a fussy baby all night during album launch week, or the remorse in bidding him goodbye in the morning and knowing she'll be working long after his bedtime. "He's my No. 1 priority," Underwood tells the AP. "But it's just a question of how am I going to do this? ... I'll probably never find the answers to those questions."

Underwood also recently discussed "mom guilt" with People, revealing that breastfeeding in particular is "hard. My supply is pretty nil. We have to supplement with formula. I'm doing the best that I can, you know? ... You feel guilty about every single thing, every decision you make, everything you do." Drew Barrymore also discusses postpartum issues in a People article Wednesday. After giving birth to her second daughter, Frankie, now 18 months, she struggled with depression, she says. "I didn't have postpartum [depression] 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.' It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud." She says it was "short-lived, probably six months." (Barrymore has also been very honest about her post-baby "kangaroo-like" body.)

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