Mrs. - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )
The Help's Bryce Dallas Howard enjoyed a sunshine stroll with her baby daughter Beatrice over Mother's Day weekend.
The actress, who welcomed her second child with husband Seth Gabel on January 19, opted for comfort in loose blue sweat pants, a stripped zip-up hoodie and moccasins.
The 31-year-old cuddled her newborn, who was dressed in a pretty pink outfit and cream beanie, on the afternoon outing.
The Spider Man 3 star has been nesting since the birth and it was the first time she has been seen in public.
In 2003, Bryce talked openly about her struggle with post-partum depression following the arrival of her eldest child, Theo, 5.
In an essay for Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP blog, she wrote: 'Before Theo was born, I had been in good humour about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it.
'I felt I was failing at breast feeding. My house was a mess.
'I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress,' she revealed in the heartfelt confession.
But she said she overcame her depression with the help of friends and family, including her famous father, Hollywood director Ron Howard.
'Do I wish I had never endured postpartum depression? Absolutely,' wrote Howard.
'I...feel deep gratitude for those who stood by me, for the lesson that we must never be afraid to ask for help.'
Bryce is famous for her role as uptight housewife Hilly Holbrook in the acclaimed adaptation of The Help and her other film credits include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Village.
The article is not that interesting, but the pictures have caused a bit of a stir with folks. Four months out, BDH looks to have gained more weight post baby than doing the usual celebrity 2 months shed. Apparently, she gained 80 pounds this time out pre-baby.
As a person who went through PPD the first time, I remember BDH on various talk shows speaking about how one day she just woke up and no longer had her PPD - easy peasy. I remember this well because I was over a year out and still struggling in therapy to feel back to normal (I've never just woke up and felt all better - thanks!).
Even though, she sent out what I think is not the most informed message about PPD, I still feel for the girl because it looks like she might be suffering again - either that or just still indulging in food.
Now a lot of people are saying, "Give her a break, this is the real normal after pregnancy!" and while I get that it is kind of nice to see someone not snap back after 2 weeks or something, I think this is excess. It would be one thing if she started out from a larger weight to begin with, but she has always been a naturally slim girl.
What do you think? Normal or excess? Positive image or negative?