Chrissy Teigen Reveals Battle With Postpartum Depression

By Desiree Bowie 03/06/17

"Before this, I had never, ever—in my whole entire life—had one person say to me: 'I have postpartum depression.'”

Chrissy Teigen

In the April cover story for Glamour magazine, model Chrissy Teigen wrote an essay revealing that she is battling postpartum depression. The 31-year-old Lip Sync Battle co-host gave birth to her first child with singer John Legend in April of 2016. 

In the essay, Teigen details her 10-year relationship with Legend and the changes she started to notice shortly after giving birth to her daughter Luna. "What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How can I feel this way when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with that, and I hesitated to even talk about this, as everything becomes such a 'thing,'” Teigen explained.

Postpartum depression is characterized as a moderate to severe depression that occurs in new mothers up to one year after childbirth. The causes of the illness are unknown, according to Medline.

The outspoken entertainer was very vocal about using in vitro fertilization (IVF), a fertility treatment where the egg is fertilized outside of the body and then placed into the mother's womb. Teigen and Legend tried IVF a few times before Teigen became pregnant with Luna.

"Emotionally, it could be really hard. When you have these high-highs and low-lows, and you’re, like, cuckoo pants. You don't want to get your hopes up, but of course, you do," Teigen explained to Self about the IVF process.

Teigen returned to work at Lip Sync Battle four months after giving birth to Luna, and the working conditions for the new mom were ideal. The show's producers went out of their way to accommodate Teigen, but something still wasn't right. The model noticed a major downshift in her usually playful attitude coupled with physical pain.

"I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: 'Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom,'” Teigen writes.

Teigen, who authored a New York Times best-selling cookbook last year, notes that alongside a lack of appetite, she was also experiencing pain in her bones. Doctors couldn't figure out what was happening to her and she began to question whether or not the pain she was experiencing was real.

Finally, in December of 2016, Teigen went to see her general practitioner for a physical, and after listing her symptoms, the doctor diagnosed her with postpartum depression. She began taking an anti-depressant to treat her symptoms.

Teigen decided to share her diagnosis with the world in an effort to raise awareness and erase the stigma associated with postpartum depression.

"I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone," Teigen writes. 

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie