"I was so tired of being in pain. Of taking things out on people. Of not enjoying life." @chrissyteigen shares her experience with postpartum depression for the first time in our April issue. Link in bio for Chrissy's open letter to moms everywhere. (📷: @miguelreveriego; hair: @davidvoncannon; makeup: @hungvanngo; styled by @jilliandavison) #ChrissyTeigen
Chrissy Teigen shared her experience with postpartum depression in Glamour's recent issue.
According to her tweets and Instagram posts, motherhood seems to come naturally to Chrissy. It turns out there was a serious, but common, problem when the phone was away: postpartum depression.
Teigen explains she was suffering physical pain along with the aggression and other emotional symptoms of the depression following the birth of her daughter, Luna. Eventually, she and husband John Legend went to the doctor. “I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain," she writes. "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."
Her doctor diagnosed her with postpartum and anxiety, which also explained her physical pain. Aside from being surprised, both she and her hubby were relieved. “I started taking an antidepressant, which helped," Teigen adds. "And I started sharing the news with friends and family."
Now, the model says she hopes speaking up helps other women. “I just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate,” she explains. “And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud." With her open letter, she hopes more moms speak up and get help.
"I know I might sound like a whiny, entitled girl. Plenty of people around the world in my situation have no help, no family, no access to medical care. I can’t imagine not being able to go to the doctors that I need. It’s hurtful to me to know that we have a president who wants to rip health care away from women. I look around every day and I don’t know how people do it. I’ve never had more respect for mothers, especially mothers with postpartum depression." Read @chrissyteigen's entire essay on her experience with postpartum depression through our bio. (📷: @miguelreveriego; styled by @jilliandavison) #ChrissyTeigen