Chrissy Teigen Reveals Her Struggle With Post Natal Depression Saying She Went Days Without Food!
Chrissy Teigen is one of those rare breed of celebrities that men want to be with and women just want to be! She exudes beauty, confidence and a zest for life that is instantly infectious. I don’t claim to know her but I get a sense that she’s a girl’s girl. One of those cool chicks that will choose hanging out with her crew rather than go on a date with some random guy.
While some may still wonder how on earth Teigen came to be so famous and popular amongst mums especially, I think I know exactly how it happened. What Teigen has, is the ability to make us women feel okay about our shortcomings- whatever they may be.
She’s not one of those Hollywood starlets that claims to have never gone under the knife and credits her flawless complexion to drinking water. She tells us when she’s f***ed up a recipe or fallen over and bruised her entire thigh. Tiegen will posts photos of her cellulite along with the glass of gin she’s sipping. And while this may seem like no big deal, I think it’s a huge step forward in helping women accept their bodies. I remember distinctly coming across that photo on her Instagram account and thinking ‘how cool is this chick?’ Then I glanced at my own stretch marks and smiled.
You see, for too long we’ve looked at stunning women like Teigen (and my GOD is she stunning) and thought there is no way they have any of the problems I do. I mean it’s not possible is it? There’s no way someone that looks like her wakes up in the morning with a huge zit on her chin. Or I bet she can eat what she wants and not exercise. I bet every outfit she puts on looks flawless!
These are all thoughts we have when we see a celebrity presented to us – whether on Instagram or on the cover of a glossy mag. It’s the perception that someone who looks like that and has that lifestyle must have zero problems! It’s not that we’re naive thinking that way it’s that we’re somehow programmed to believe that looking like Teigen equals happiness.
But it doesn’t. The 31 year old model, who has shared so much of her life with us up until now has just revealed a secret she’s held close for so long.
Tiegen penned an essay for Glamour magazine recently where she opened up about her battle with post natal depression after having daughter Luna with husband John Legend.
“I was so tired of being in pain. Of taking things out on people. Of not enjoying life.” @chrissyteigen shares her experience with postpartum depression for the first time in our April issue. Link in bio for Chrissy’s open letter to moms everywhere. (📷: @miguelreveriego; hair: @davidvoncannon; makeup: @hungvanngo; styled by @jilliandavison) #ChrissyTeigen
Just like so many new mums, she put those feelings down to something normal that all women go through. Maybe she was tired, wasn’t eating enough or just emotional from giving birth to her first baby. But for Teigen it was deeper rooted than that.
“One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people,” she says. “When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know? I had every shade closed.”
“I know I might sound like a whiny, entitled girl. Plenty of people around the world in my situation have no help, no family, no access to medical care. I can’t imagine not being able to go to the doctors that I need. It’s hurtful to me to know that we have a president who wants to rip health care away from women. I look around every day and I don’t know how people do it. I’ve never had more respect for mothers, especially mothers with postpartum depression.” Read @chrissyteigen’s entire essay on her experience with postpartum depression through our bio. (📷: @miguelreveriego; styled by @jilliandavison) #ChrissyTeigen
Her depression signalled a change in her behaviour both physically and mentally. “I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful,” she writes. “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.”
Teigen says she finally went to the doctor to get a physical because she was “so tired of being in pain, of sleeping on the couch, of waking up throughout the night, of throwing up” and “of taking things out on the wrong people.”
That’s when she was diagnosed with post-natal depression and started taking antidepressant medication. “I just got the name of a therapist who I am planning to start seeing,” she writes. “Let’s be honest though, I probably needed therapy way before Luna!”
Thank you Chrissy Teigen! For your honesty and strength in not only dealing with your depression but talking about it and removing the stigma that is still attached to such a common phenomenon for women. (You can read the complete essay here.)