Not one to shy away from speaking her mind, Chrissy Teigen has always been refreshingly honest when it comes to life as a celebrity. Now the presenter has lifted the lid on motherhood, bravely revealing she suffers from Postpartum Depression.
The 31-year-old wife of singer John Legend, who gave birth to baby Luna last April, describes how she struggled with a debilitating anxiety that even saw her unable to leave her home.
In an open letter published in Glamour magazine, she wrote: ‘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. Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.’
Chrissy with baby Luna
The Lip Sync Battle presenter eventually sought help from her GP, who diagnosed her with the illness, prescribing anti-depressants. Although now on the road to recovery, Chrissy still deals with the daily challenges of the condition.
She wrote: ‘Like anyone, with PPD or without, I have really good days and bad days. There are weeks when I still don’t leave the house for days. Physically, I still don’t have energy for a lot of things, but a lot of new moms deal with this.
The Sports Illustrated model joins a growing list of celebrities, including Adele and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have chosen to speak up about PPD.
Postpartum depression, also called postnatal depression, is a type of clinical depression. Symptoms may include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating pattern, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability.
For more information about PPD, visit Out of the Blues