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Heroes star Hayden Panettiere checks into rehab to fight post-natal depression

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Published 13/10/2015 | 22:28

Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives for the 61th Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Noika Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives for the 61th Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Noika Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere arriving for an appearance at "Good Morning America" on April 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by MPI02/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere and her Russian professional boxer boyfriend, Wladimir Klitschko
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere

Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere has checked into a rehabilitation centre to seek help as she battles postpartum depression.

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The 26-year-old has been battling postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Kaya in December 2014.

On Tuesday  it was revealed that Hayden has taken the next step in her struggle and is seeking professional help at a treatment facility.

“Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment centre as she is currently battling postpartum depression,” a representative for the actress told Us Weekly in a statement. “She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”

Kaya is the first child for Hayden and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. The Nashville actress recently opened up about how she’s been struggling with some of her emotions following her daughter’s birth.

During an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael last month, Hayden said that while she hasn’t experienced the extreme levels of depression some women do after giving birth, she has found it difficult at times.

"I can very much relate,” she confessed. “It's something a lot of women experience. When you’re told about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.' I’ve never, ever had those feelings.

“Some women do. But you don’t realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal."

Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

In addition, Hayden’s character on hit US TV show Nashville is also battling postpartum depression as she struggles to cope with her life changing after the birth of her daughter.

News of Hayden’s rehab stay comes after the actress took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal her joy at beginning to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

Alongside a picture in which she is seen wearing a pair of figure-hugging tight black trousers, Hayden wrote: “Feeling like I'm #finally coming back in to my own body! mother #daughter #blessing #wellworthit. (sic)”

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere arriving for an appearance at
Hayden Panettiere arriving for an appearance at "Good Morning America" on April 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by MPI02/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

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