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Hayden Panettiere talked her battle with postpartum depression on Good Morning America last week. She said that she believes her struggles have made her “a better mom.”

“It takes you a while. You feel off. You don’t feel like yourself,” the Nashville actress, 27, told GMA’s Lara Spencer. “But, you know, women are so resilient, and that’s the incredible thing about them. I think I’m all the stronger for it. I think I’m a better mom because of it. Because you never take that connection for granted.”


She has daughter with Ukrainian boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, shared that she sought treatment for her postpartum depression in October 2015, nearly one year after giving birth to her little girl. In May 2016, she revealed via Twitter that she was still suffering from the disorder and took time off from work to “reflect holistically.”

“I’m feeling fabulous,” she enthused. “I’m so glad to be back playing Juliette. Everything that she’s been through … she made me stronger.”


She added: “It helped me identify and let women know that it’s OK to ask for help, and that it’s OK to have a moment of weakness, and it doesn’t make you a bad person — it doesn’t make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You got to let it make you stronger.”


She also said that her daughter’s safety is her No. 1 priority. “I can’t say that anything is typical or ‘the norm’ about any day of the week now that I’m the mom of a 2-year-old,” she explained. “She gets her hands in just about everything, and my biggest job at the moment is keeping her alive!”

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