Sarah Michelle Gellar on her PND struggle: “I got help and made it through”

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As the US plunges further into a health funding crisis that’s affecting women particularly negatively, actor Sarah Michelle Gellar called for more support of parents battling mental health conditions – and revealed her own struggle with postnatal depression (PND).

“Having kids is wonderful”

Sarah is married to Freddie Prinze Jr and the couple share two children, 7-year-old Charlotte and 4-year-old Rocky. 

In her post, she delved a little deeper into her experience of PND with daughter Charlotte, revealing reaching out for support was a life-changing move.

“Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for,” Sarah posted.

“I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born.”

11 days until we can all be #stirringupfunwithfood

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“I got help”

The Buffy star said she was fortunate enough to get the help she needed, and things are much peachier in her neck of the woods now.

“I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better,” Sarah wrote.

While the high-profile mum-of-two was able to access the healthcare and support required to recover from PND, she’s acutely aware that in the very near future, other parents may not be so fortunate.

Using the hashtag #NotAPreexistingCondition in her update, she flagged a proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act which would allow US states to potentially opt out of regulations that protect people with pre-existing medical conditions.

This amendment threatens to take the US back to the pre-Obama days when vulnerable people with mental health issues – like PND – could be forced to pay higher insurance premiums or even be refused health insurance altogether.

Sarah linked to the Call My Congress site within her Instagram post, urging her followers to contact their representative and ask them to ensure PND is covered by government healthcare.

One of the many reasons I love @sarahmgellar. She is honest, kind and inspiring. #Repost @sarahmgellar with @repostapp: Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you're prepared for. I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born. I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you're not alone and that it really does get better. And if you believe that postpartum depression should be covered by healthcare, please take a moment and go to callmecongress.com today, find your rep's numbers and let them know. #NotAPreExistingCondition

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Props from Kristen

High profile mum and actor, Kristen Bell shared Sarah’s Instagram post on her own account, pushing out the same important message.

“One of the many reasons I love @sarahmgellar. She is honest, kind and inspiring,” Kristen wrote, confirming her own support for coverage of mental health conditions like PND.

Here’s hoping that parents with mental health conditions will be protected as the Trump government forges its new healthcare policy.

(We won’t hold our breath, however.)


If you’re struggling with your feelings about being pregnant or looking after your baby, you are not alone. PANDA are waiting for your call and they can help you find a way out of a super challenging time.

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