Chrissy Teigen Reveals She's Concerned About Postpartum Depression Again
The model and cookbook author, who is expecting her second child with husband John Legend, opened up this weekend about potentially battling PPD again.
This article originally appeared on Parents.com by Maressa Brown
Chrissy Teigen couldn't be more over-the-moon to be pregnant with her second child -- a baby boy! But the 32-year-old model certainly has her concerns around experiencing postpartum depression once again. Back in March 2017, Chrissy wrote a piece in Glamour, in which she opened up for the first time about her battle with the condition.
The second-time mom-to-be sat down for an interview with friend and hairstylist Jen Atkin at the Create & Cultivate conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, and she got candid about battle PPD after the birth of her son. "Do I worry about it with this little boy? I do," she noted, according to People. "But I also know that when it does happen - if it does - I'm so ready for it. I have the perfect people around me for it. That's why I stand for a real core group of people around me."
She likened PPD to "coming down from any drug" after the rush of endorphins that correlate with undergoing IVF.
"I had just had Luna," she explained. "I knew I had an incredible life and husband and family and all the resources necessary. I knew that I was personally unhappy, but I didn't think that anything was wrong with it, because I just assumed that that's the way it goes. You have a kid, you're sad, you lose those endorphins and that's the way it is. ... I do wish that more people had spoken up around me. I encourage anyone who sees something around them to point it out. It took me to finally sit myself down because I think it's hard for people to point something out."
But having John and other family members around was key to helping her ultimately tackle the condition. She also noted that she had other advantages in her battle that many women don't. "I cannot explain how much I look up to people that are still trying to grow into what they want to be," she shared. "I'm older now, I've been through the dues of it all. But I don't know how I would have handled it if I were still paying the dues and having to answer to certain people. I think I would have been too weak, honestly. I don't know how you guys do it every single day."
Chrissy also noted that she had her reservations about sharing her journey with the public, but ultimately decided it was for the best because she wanted "people to know it can happen to anybody," as she wrote in her essay for Glamour.
"Postpartum does not discriminate," she wrote at the time. "I don't want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone. I also don't want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that - for me - just merely being open about it helps."
So very true. Props to Chrissy for speaking out about her concerns this second time around. By encouraging this conversation among women, Chrissy is hopefully opening the door for more moms to seek and receive the support they deserve.