Chrissy Teigen has a mouth on her. And it just may save a mom.
She’s revealed photos of her stretch marks on Twitter , and she can’t be accused of holding back on her criticism of President Donald Trump.
This month, the chatty celebrity mom who calls herself an “open book” shared that even she has secrets. Teigen, a swimsuit model and author, who is married to singer John Legend, revealed for the first time that she got caught in the ugly net that is postpartum depression.
Refreshingly real as always, Teigen said that after the April 2016 birth of their daughter, Luna, things were “great.” But she wasn’t.
She summed up why so many women — one in nine experience postpartum depression — don’t recognize the symptoms.
“I had everything I needed to be happy,” she wrote in a “Glamour” magazine essay. “And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me —but me — knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression.”
She describes an energetic pregnancy and a happy birth, with Legend DJ-ing as her daughter popped out to the song, “Superfly.”
She attributed the malaise, spontaneous crying, lack of appetite and flashes of anger to the stress of a house under construction and returning to host “Lip Sync Battle” when Luna was 4 months old.
When she was home, she didn’t leave the house.
“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,” she said.
Eight months after giving birth, Teigen and Legend went to her general practitioner, who diagnosed her with postpartum depression and anxiety.
She began taking an antidepressant, but Teigen said she felt “weird saying aloud I’m struggling.” Especially given an awareness of her own socioeconomic privilege.
Now, she’s using that privilege and spotlight to reach out to women who are silent and struggling.
“It can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone,” she said in her “Glamour” essay. “I also don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that, for me, just merely being open about it helps. This has become my open letter.”
She closes out the essay with, “Phew! I’ve hated hiding this from you. XX, Chrissy”
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