The 46-year-old actress felt down following the birth of her son Moses, 12 – who she shares with Chris Martin – and despite being offered antidepressants by her doctor, she found exercising and quitting alcohol helped her to feel better again.
Gwyneth – who also has 14-year-old daughter Apple with Chris – said: “I had postnatal depression, as you know, after my son. A doctor tried to put me on antidepressants and I thought, if I need them, then yes, I’ll come back to it.
“I thought, well, what if I went to therapy and I started exercising again, and I stopped drinking alcohol and I just gave myself a period of regeneration and I slept more? I really broke out of it.”
The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star clarified that antidepressants can be “lifesavers” for others, but she wanted to seek alternative therapies.
Speaking on her latest Goop podcast, she added: “They are lifesavers for certain people for sure.”
Gwyneth recently admitted she found it “really shocking” that she suffered from post-natal depression after Moses was born.
She said: “I think [it] was really shocking to me because I never thought that I would be a person who got post-natal depression.
“I was so euphoric when Apple was born, and I assumed it would happen with Mosey and it just … it took a while. I really went into a dark place.”
The ‘Mortdecai’ star – who is engaged to Brad Falchuk – previously said she felt like a “zombie” after Moses was born, which made her worry she was a “terrible” mother.
She explained: “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect.
“It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”
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