Brooke Shields’ trouble with postpartum depression after her first pregnancy has been well publicized.
But on Thursday night, after news of her second pregnancy broke, she told Access Hollywood that just feels like dancing!
“I feel good. I don't know if you saw the show, but I feel great,” she told us fresh off her evening's performance in the Broadway musical “Chicago.”
Due in the Spring, this will be the second child for Brooke and her hubby Chris Henchy, who have been married for four years. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Rowan, who Brooke told us is excited to have a sibling on the way.
“We're thrilled. She's pretty happy about it,” Brooke told us as she greeted fans and signed autographs outside the theater. Nevertheless, the news of the new baby isn't enough to slow Brooke down.
“It's a lot of work whether you are [pregnant] or not,” she smiled. “Eight shows a week is enough to kill anybody!”
In May, Brooke spoke candidly with Access about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of Rowan, a battle she chronicled in her book “Down Came the Rain.”
“From day one, my journey towards sort of motherhood was definitely fraught,” she told us. “I wasn't screaming through the rooms and wailing and throwing myself. I was just deadened.”
As she reveals in her book, it got so bad she wanted to kill herself.
“I just had this uncontrollable urge to put my foot on the gas pedal and just sort of go to the right and just hit the wall,” she openly revealed.
Brooke was healed through therapy, exercise and by taking the anti-depressant Paxil.
But now at 40, is she at a higher risk for postpartum depression again?
“There is a statistically increased likelihood that women who have had previous incident of postpartum depression will have it again,” clinical psychologist A. Joseph Glaser told Access. “One of the things you want to do if you've had a history of it, is you want to make certain that you have a good support system.”
And if Thursday night's performance was any indication, Brooke will have plenty of love and support around her — not just from family, but also from friends and fans who all came out to cheer her on.