Chrissy Teigen ‘So Ready’ To Face Postpartum Depression Again

By Victoria Kim 02/28/18

Teigen recently said her bout with postpartum depression was like “coming down from any drug.”

Chrissy Teigen

Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen said she's ready to face the possibility of another bout with postpartum depression, in anticipation of the birth of her second child.

Teigen, a host on Lip Sync Battle and author of a New York Times best-selling cookbook, struggled with postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of her first child, Luna, in April 2016.

Last year, she described postpartum—moderate to severe depression that occurs in new mothers—as a painful and confusing experience that sapped her energy and left her wondering if she’d ever feel like her old self again.

“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy,” she wrote in her March 2017 essay for Glamour magazine. “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.’”

Now, she’s waiting to give birth to a baby boy with her husband, musician John Legend. This time, the 32-year-old former Sports Illustrated model isn’t afraid of a possible Round 2 with PPD.

“Do I worry about it with this little boy? I do. But I also know that when it does happen—if it does—I’m so ready for it,” she said at the Create & Cultivate conference in Los Angeles last Saturday (Feb. 24). “I have the perfect people around me for it. That’s why I stand for a real core group of people around me.”

Teigen said PPD was like “coming down from any drug.” She felt drained, unhappy and rarely left the house. She was also in physical pain.

“I had just had Luna. I knew I had an incredible life and husband and family and all the resources necessary,” she said at the conference. “I knew that I was personally unhappy, but I didn’t think that anything was wrong with it because I just assumed that that’s the way it goes. You have a kid, you’re sad, you lose those endorphins and that’s the way it is.”

In her Glamour essay, Teigen said her experience was all the more difficult because PPD is still treated like a taboo subject. Though one in nine women are said to experience some form of PPD, according to the CDC, Teigen said that most women in her life shied away from the subject.

“I do wish, if anything, that more people had spoken up around me,” she said. “I encourage anyone who sees something around them to point it out. It took me to finally sit myself down because I think it’s hard for people to point something out.”

She wrote in Glamour, “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.”

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