“I went through a pregnancy and I found out who my true friends were -- the ones that were going to stick around and support me," the actress said. "I'll just say the outcome was slim pickins! My life became all about staying healthy, getting good sleep, finding parks and nature."
Now I'm the mother of a 2-year-old [Kaya Evdokia Klitschko with Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko], I've found my pack of solid, loyal, lifelong friends here and am settled into a beautiful routine," she continued.
Panettiere was public about her struggle with postpartum depression, entering a treatment facility in October 2015. Since then, she and Klitschko remain together, though it is unclear if they are still engaged.
This past July, Panettiere dispelled rumors that she and her longtime love had split, posting a family photo to Twitter.
"Missing rings don't mean the end of relationships. Blessed to be with my beautiful family," she wrote on Twitter, adding the prayer hands emoji.
As for Panettiere's career, she remains focused on Nashville, which was picked up by CMT after originally being cancelled by ABC. She admitted that despite her past as a solo recording artist, Panettiere doesn't have plans to return to the studio outside of the show.
"Juggling my workload and being a mom right now is plenty," she told Parade. "I've figured out my own limits over the years, and music is a bridge that I might want to cross when I can truly dedicate myself to it."
For now, she's focused on little Kaya, which keeps her quite busy.
"I can't say that anything is typical or 'the norm' about any day of the week now that I'm the mom of a 2-year-old," she said. "She gets her hands in just about everything, and my biggest job at the moment is keeping her alive!"
For more from Hayden about her engagement, watch the video below.