Chrissy Teigen is known for her charm and confidence—and that's why her recent postpartum admission may have surprised her fans. It's also the reason her revelation is so important.
Chrissy Teigen makes headlines for her candor, she tells it like it is and her social media feeds are treasure troves of so-real-it-hurts commentary. But as it turns out, there's one thing she wasn't sharing recently: She has postpartum depression.
Chrissy has been incredibly open about so many controversial topics: Infertility, sex selection, mommy shaming and dropping baby weight, to name a few. But Chrissy just penned a raw essay about her postpartum depression and anxiety struggle, and once again, the new mom blew us away with her total honesty.
It's easy to look at Chrissy—a rich, famous, beautiful woman who has a doting husband, a thriving career and a ridiculously gorgeous child—and think she has everything she needs to be happy. And she does, by her own admission. But that doesn't mean she's immune to the postpartum depression and anxiety so many others experience during what is supposed to be the happiest time in a woman's life.
I'll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long. My full essay is on the @glamourmag bio. ❤
"I had everything I needed to be happy. 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. How can I feel this way when everything is so great?" Chrissy wrote for Glamour.
She went on to describe her "wonderful, energetic" pregnancy and the intense happiness she felt after welcoming baby Luna. But soon, her life was turned upside down by the postpartum depression.
"I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders—even my wrists—hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me. One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people," Chrissy wrote in Glamour's cover essay. "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.'"
Chrissy's experience will probably sound familiar to so many mothers out there. Postpartum depression doesn't look the same for everyone, and countless women don't even understand that the issue could be to blame for so many of the things they're feeling. What's more, postpartum depression doesn't discriminate. And odds are, someone in your mama crew may be suffering from it, and just putting on a good front.
Chrissy has been forthcoming about the ways celebrities are unlike "regular people"—she pointed out that they have an advantages where losing baby weight and enlisting help are concerned. And while stars may present unrealistic pictures of motherhood in some ways, there is one way they've done new mothers a world of good. Women like Drew Barrymore, Hayden Panettiere and now Chrissy Teigen have been remarkably open about their experiences with postpartum depression, and that's moved the conversation surrounding the issue forward in a huge way. Chrissy's voice is a big one, and it will undoubtedly help other women make sense of what they're struggling with, understand they're not alone and that they should seek out the help they need. It may even save a life.