Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Postpartum Depression
Chrissy Teigen opened up about her secret struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety in her new Glamour cover story.
In an essay penned by Teigen, the model revealed how she felt following the birth of her first child, Luna. Her personal open letter dives into her experience with what she simply calls “postpartum,” and explains to her close family and friends why she was so unhappy during one of the most difficult times in her life. “Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt,” she wrote. “I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me.”
“Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed,” Teigen continued. “[Husband] John [Legend] would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.”
Concerned about her sudden change of behavior, Teigen visited her doctor and discovered she had developed postpartum depression. “Before the holidays I went to my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll,” she revealed. “My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, ‘Yep, yep, yep.’ I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety.”
The model also gushed about Legend, and how he helped her through the condition. “I have an incredible husband. John and I have been together for over 10 years. He has seen my successes and failures; I’ve seen his. He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving, and understanding as he seems,” she said. “I love John and Luna more than I can imagine loving anything, and John and I still hope to give Luna a few siblings. Postpartum hasn’t changed that.”