If you happen to be a fan of keeping up with the latest celebrity news, or you just tend to like watching people pretend to sing in lip sync battles, you’re probably aware of the hilarious Chrissy Teigen. As well as being married to John Legend, she’s the mother to two young children – Luna, 3, and Miles, 1.
Back in 2017 – shortly after she had given birth to Luna – Chrissy made the brave decision to speak out about the fact that she struggled from postpartum depression. In an essay for Glamour, she shared that everybody around her knew she was struggling with the mental illness, but was not able to come to terms with it herself.
“I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy.”Chrissy Teigen
However, after being formally diagnosed and beginning treatment for her depression, she claims that she felt the need to share her own experiences. She did so to help others struggling with the same symptoms as herself.
She Claims She Thought She Had ‘Baby Blues’
She’s now gone onto reveal more about her experience, and has stated that, for a long time after giving birth, she just thought that she was suffering from ‘baby blues’. Baby blues is a common condition that usually occurs just after a woman gives birth. The condition is characterised by symptoms including low mood, irritability, and tearfulness. As she spoke to the Today show, Teigen stated that she thought the symptoms she was experiencing were ‘normal’ and that there was ‘no other way to feel’.
“I just assumed that was motherhood and no other way around it.”Chrissy Teigen
She Wasn’t Aware It Was Postpartum Depression She Was Suffering
Instead of coming to the realisation by her own, Chrissy didn’t realise that she was suffering from postpartum depression until her friends started pointing out changes in her personality. It was only when she sought out correspondence with other women that she realised something was wrong and that she needed help.
Chrissy is now in a better place, and she praises her doctors and her husband, John, for being her support system through the difficult time. She hopes that speaking up about her own experience will encourage other women to seek help and realise that postpartum depression is a legitimate issue that needs to be addressed.
Teigen has never been afraid to let people know just what she thinks, which is one of the reasons why she’s become such a notable figure throughout the celebrity universe. When she has an opinion, she’s ready to voice it, but opening up about her postpartum depression seems to be a new struggle all together. She’s been incredibly brave to stand up and open up about her experiences with a condition that so many people brush off as being ‘normal’, and her story will do well to remind other women that it’s not ‘normal’ and that they should seek help for what they’re experiencing.
Postpartum depression is a mental health mood disorder that can alter how a woman thinks once they’ve given birth, and it currently affects more than 1 in 10 women. However, it’s important to note that it can also affect fathers and partners as well.
If you or somebody you love may be struggling from postpartum depression, it’s important that you seek help, which can take the form of therapy or medication. For more resources, visit postpartum.net.