Reese Witherspoon says she lacked support after the birth of her first child

Reese Witherspoon says she lacked support after the birth of her first child

The actress welcomed daughter Ava, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Phillipe, in 1999. 

Reese Witherspoon is candidly speaking about her early struggles with motherhood. The 45-year-old actress recently appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast, where she opened up about the obstacles she encountered after the birth of her first child with then-husband Ryan Phillippe.

Reese Witherspoon with her daughter Ava

Witherspoon welcomed daughter Ava — who's now 21-years-old — in September 1999, around two months after she and Philippe tied the knot. The Oscar winner also gave birth to her second child, son Deacon, in October 2003 before separating from Phillippe in 2006.

"I did not have a lot of support with my first baby and I learned really early, like this is not going to work", Witherspoon explained. "I tried to muscle through for five months with Ava, just not sleeping and I became delirious."

The Big Little Lies star also stated that she "couldn't have worked" through the first few months as a first-time mom. Fortunately, she "was lucky enough to have money saved and I didn't have to work, but it's just not a one-person job."

"I would even say it's not a two-person job", she added.

Witherspoon with Ava and Deacon

Still, no matter how difficult motherhood has been for her, Witherspoon — who is also a mom to 8-year-old son Tennessee with husband Jim Toth — wouldn't change a thing. Over the weekend, she took to social media to share how grateful she is for her two older children.

"Gosh, I'm lucky to be their mom ��️", the actress captioned an adorable family snapshot posted to her Instagram account. In the photo, the trio are seen sitting as they smile for the camera. 

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