Why Katherine Heigl Gets "Freaked Out" Out About Postpartum Life

by Jennifer Mattern, SheKnows.com

This article was originally published on SheKnows.com—the #1 women's lifestyle digital media company, with a mission of women inspiring women—as "The Postpartum ‘Highs And Lows’ Are Wearing Out Katherine Heigl," and is reposted with permission from the author.

Having adopted twice (daughters Naleigh and Adelaide) and given birth by C-section (son Joshua Bishop), Katherine Heigl’s vote is in: She’ll take adoption over those lousy postpartum hormones any day.

Solidarity, sister. We hear you, Katie. Those hormones are no joke. Shudder.

Heigl’s not complaining, though. The pregnancy came as a huge — but welcome — shock for the actress and her husband Josh Kelley, who thought they were unable to conceive. Surprise!

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Heigl (now starring as attorney Sadie Ellis in Doubt on CBS) told People, “I’ve never been determined to experience pregnancy. But I’m so grateful that I did… [at first] I thought, ’Oh, pregnancy is going to wreck me, I am going to be one of those women who’s just probably sick the whole time and feels terrible and exhausted.’ [But] I just had a pretty easy experience.” 

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The postpartum “emotional highs and lows” are wearing her out, though.

“One minute you’re weirdly obsessed with this baby, like ‘Don’t take him out of my sight,’ and the next you’re kind of blue, you’re a little sad and a little freaked out,” she said. “I actually prefer the adoption way because I wasn’t subject to hormones.”

(We’re writing her a prescription for dark chocolate. A lot of dark chocolate.)

Though we hate that she's feeling all the post-birth feels, we love Heigl's takeaway wisdom on adoption vs. birth. Heigl said the awful ups and downs of postpartum mood swings are “the only difference” in raising her three kids. “The moment you hold your child, you’re wholly in love,” she said. “And you’ll do anything to protect them and shelter them.”

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