Hilaria Baldwin and Caroline Rhea get real about menopause: 'No one talks about it'

Caroline Rhea (left) was a special guest on Hilaria Baldwin's podcast. (Photos via Getty Images)
Caroline Rhea (left) was a special guest on Hilaria Baldwin's podcast. (Photos via Getty Images)

Hilaria Baldwin is all about embracing your age.

On Monday, the 38-year-old yoga instructor took to Instagram to promote the third episode of Witches Anonymous, which she co-hosts with Michelle Campbell Mason.

The podcast delves into women's issues such as pregnancy, mental health and peer pressure in order to inspire women and let them know they aren't alone.

The third episode featured Canadian comedian and actress Caroline Rhea, who opened up about menopause, aging, and the stigmas surrounding them.

The "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" alum revealed that the aging process is something she often discusses during her stand-up comedy sets.

"Aging has to be something you acknowledge and make it funny or else it's depressing," she said. "I have no shame in it, like it's life."

The 58-year-old attributed her "relaxed" outlook on aging to her "spiritual practice that incorporates self-love and self-worth."

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Baldwin added that embracing your age as a beautiful and exciting part of life rather than a negative thing is part of loving and accepting your inner self.

Despite this, Baldwin shared that "no one talks about it, about menopause," saying she "certainly doesn't know anything about it, which is bad."

Rhea agreed that many women are in the dark when it comes about the later stages of their life, and joked that from personal experience, you "wake up one day and you never really go back to sleep for the rest of your life."

However, the mother-of-one explained that no matter what hormonal changes women experience — from periods, PMS and fertility — it was "never perceived as empowering," which is something she wants to change when raising her daughter.

"I grew up in the 70s where at a tiny all girls school. We were taught that everything we had to say was important, it was your brain first and you were confident in how you expressed yourself, but that's gone away," she said. "So as women we need to learn to reclaim our power. I'm teaching my daughter to do that"

Mason asked Rhea how she suggests women do this, to which she replied: "Share your thoughts. It will feel incredibly uncomfortable and you'll feel horribly guilty, but do it...But take care of yourself first and foremost."

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Moreover, the actress believes that in today's day and age, social media has played a detrimental role in women's self-worth.

"Conformity is the devil and you check in with Instagram and all the conforming websites...And I think that's so hard about girls these days because that little box of conformity is their comfort zone," she explained.

Near the end of the episode, Baldwin shared that there's so much potential for women to make change, but "people love to poke at us and tear us down." She contemplated on how we can start to have productive conversations with women to get each other on the "same team."

"If we are on the same team, we got this. So it's all about embracing each other, embracing our power, not judging each other enough, and getting to a place where we can collaborate," the mother-of-seven shared.

Rhea agreed, telling women — especially middle-aged women — that they aren't being ignored.

"I'm not giving away my voice, there's women my age who need to know what we're experiencing," she said. "People say stupid things and if you engage with them, you empower them. So don't do that."

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