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As far as we’re concerned, Sarah Michelle Gellar is invincible. Or at least, that’s the way we like to think of her after watching the actress for all those years as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But even heroes need help sometimes, and Gellar is the first to admit that.

The actress shares two children with husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Charlotte Grace (7) and Rocky James (4). These days she seems like a supermom, going on all of these daytime talk shows to talk about motherhood, and giving tips to various outlets in the wake of her new mom-friendly cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food. But more than a half a dozen years ago she, like so many women, experienced postpartum depression, and it was a rough road.

“Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for. I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born,” the actress shared on Instagram with a throwback photo. “I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better.”

That’s the key message in all of this, that it does get better. But for many new moms dealing with such a heavy life change, that can often be hard to see. Especially when they’re in the middle of it all, with limited help.

This is why we’re glad to see notable people sharing stories like this in the media. Sure, we may be getting better at talking about depression and taking the stigma out of mental health issues, but when it comes to motherhood, it’s often a whole other conversation. Being a mom comes with its own set of social expectations and stigmas, and way too often women are expected to do it all. So to see a celebrity pump the breaks, and explain that reality is far different is actually really refreshing.

So thanks for sharing your story Buffy Sarah. You’ve inspired us again.