In 2020, Panettiere got a life changing wake up call as doctors indicated she was experiencing liver failure. She recalled, “My eyes were yellow,” and she would “wake up shaking, needing an entire bottle of alcohol to get through the day.” This incident helped her realize the severity of her situation and she committed to getting sober. As an advocate for mental health and addiction recovery, Panettiere continues to stress the importance of seeking help and support. It is possible to recover and she has continued to encourage others who may be struggling to know they are not alone.

She also continues to speak out about postpartum depression and how new mothers need more support. Postpartum issues are common among women after giving birth, and can range from mild to severe. Here are some examples of postpartum issues:

  • Postpartum depression (PPD) – PPD is a type of depression that can occur after giving birth, and can cause symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. PPD affects approximately 1 in 7 women.
  • Postpartum anxiety – Postpartum anxiety is a common condition that can cause excessive worry, fear, and panic attacks. It can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and sweating.
  • Postpartum psychosis – Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious condition that can occur in the weeks following childbirth. It can cause hallucinations, delusions, and disorientation, and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Postpartum hemorrhage – Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding that occurs after childbirth. It can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
  • Perineal pain – Perineal pain is common after giving birth, particularly if the woman had a vaginal delivery. It can be caused by tears or swelling in the perineal area.
  • Breastfeeding difficulties – Many women experience difficulties with breastfeeding after giving birth, including sore nipples, engorgement, and low milk supply.

As an advocate for organizations like Postpartum Support International, she’s raised awareness about the condition. Her openness about her addiction struggles and postpartum depression has helped to break down stigmas and serve as a light for those who are struggling.

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