'Twilight' actress Bryce Dallas Howard pregnant with second child
Howard, 30, and husband Seth Gabel of "Fringe" and "United States of Tara" fame, announced the pregnancy Wednesday, Us Weekly reported.
This will be the second child for the couple, who had their first son, Theo, in 2007. However, shortly after giving birth to him, Howard -- the daughter of director Ron Howard -- suffered from a debilitating bout of post-partum depression.
"Before Theo was born, I had been in good humor about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it," Howard wrote in a July 2010 essay for Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP blog. "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; I dreaded a film I was scheduled to shoot only a few weeks after the birth because I could barely focus enough to read the script. And worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother -- not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear."
The detailed piece describes her struggle with giving birth, walking and lactating. She said she called her son "it" and suffered from "emotional amnesia" because she couldn't genuinely cry, laugh or be moved by anything. But the actress ultimately sought therapy and said she found solace in "Down Came the Rain" by actress Brooke Shields, who also opened up about her experience with the same illness in the book.
"Post-partum depression is hard to describe -- the way the body and mind and spirit fracture and crumble in the wake of what most believe should be a celebratory time," Howard wrote.
"I cringed when I watched my interview on television [about depression] because of my inability to share authentically what I was going through, what so many women go through. I fear more often than not, for this reason alone, we choose silence. And the danger of being silent means only that others will suffer in silence and may never be able to feel whole because of it."
Howard will star in "The Help," a drama also starring Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek and Mike Vogel this summer. She'll also appear in "50/50" alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston and Anna Kendrick in September.
The Ministry wishes Howard and Gabel a healthy pregnancy and a healthy post-partum period this time around.
-- Nardine Saad
Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard at the "Restless" premiere on May 12 in Cannes, France. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images