Chrissy Teigen reveals struggle with postnatal depression

The TV presenter and new mum has written a moving essay about her experience.

Pregnancy news, 07/03/2017

Chrissy Teigen has written a candid account of having postnatal depression in the latest issue of Glamour magazine.

In the essay, Chrissy opens up about her year since welcoming daughter Luna with husband John Legend last April.

She says, ‘I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of last year, I felt unhappy.’

‘I also just didn’t think it could happen to me,’ she explains. ‘But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it,’ she says.

After a ‘wonderful’ pregnancy, Chrissy says, ‘I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set [she’s a presenter on the Emmy-nominated TV series Lip Sync Battle] on time was painful.’

She continues, ‘My lower back throbbed; my shoulders – even my wrists - hurt. I didn’t have an appetite,’ and ‘one thing that really got me was just how short I was with people.’

‘I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends.’

After experiencing months of physical and mental pain, Chrissy says she finally got a diagnosis of postnatal depression and anxiety from her GP in December.

She says, ‘I remember being so exhausted but happy to know that we could finally get on the path of getting better.’

Chrissy says she has started taking an antidepressant and is planning to see a therapist.

‘I’ve never had more respect for mothers, especially mothers with postpartum depression,’ she says.

‘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.’

‘But one thing I do know is that – for me – just merely being open about it helps.’

We admire Chrissy for bravely speaking out about her experience. We hope her message will help women going through the same to feel less alone, and encourage mums to seek support with their mental health when they are feeling low.

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