'No One Asked, Are You OK?': Chrissy Teigen Shares a Major Wake-Up Call About Postpartum Depression
Many women do not realize they have PPD until it's too late and Chrissy Teigen feels it's up to your loved ones to take note and do something.
After the birth of her daughter Luna, Chrissy Teigen—who is always an open book—was extremely honest about her struggles with postpartum depression, bringing some much-needed attention to the subject. Now that she's nearing the end of her second pregnancy, we can't help but wonder: Is she concerned about experiencing postpartum depression again? After all, experts say that if you've experienced PPD after a previous pregnancy, you may have an increased risk of symptoms again.
This time around, the TV personality is revisiting the topic with a whole new perspective and what she has to say will make you think twice about the way you treat the pregnant women in your life. Trust us, her PPD POV is a huge wake-up call.
It’s been two years since Teigen found herself battling PPD—and the sadness she experienced led to feelings of guilt and anger. She was confused, and with a beautiful newborn, an amazing husband (shout out to John Legend), and the assistance of a nanny, Teigen couldn’t help but feel she was “selfish” for being so unhappy.
The most important thing she's realized since her first pregnancy is that no one noticed that she wasn’t her bubbly, outgoing self, and no one close to her asked if she was OK. If it was so easy for Teigen and her family to miss the signs of PPD, imagine what it's like for moms not living in the public eye. That right there is why it’s important that everyone, not just women who want to have children, understand what PPD is.
“It never crossed my mind that I had it until way too late. I hope anyone out there reading this who has friends that are about to give birth or just had a baby and might show some signs knows it’s really important to just bring it up because nobody around me was ever like, ‘I just want to talk to you about something,’ or ‘Are you OK? Are you doing OK?’” Teigen explained. “I think that would have helped a lot. I didn't really know anything was wrong until I went to my doctor and it was just so obvious to him that I had PPD—the second he said it I just started crying and I was like, ‘That has to be it.’”
It's crucial to note that 10 to 20 percent of new moms experience PPD, and you can't truly overcome PPD if you do not realize you have it. Teigen believes her PPD was linked to her IVF treatments and says the knowledge she gained from her doctors kickstarted her healing process.
“I am such a firm believer in the fact that because I did IVF and was pumped full of these hormones and endorphins that gave me this rush and surge of energy, it was just really natural for me to go through some kind of emotional downfall when I lost those endorphins,” Teigen explained. “It makes a lot of sense to me now, but at the time it was very hard to deal with. I mean it could totally all happen all over again, but I'm so prepared for it.”
Now that Teigen and her loved ones understand PPD, she hasn’t allowed the fear of living through it again deter her from expanding her family. In a further effort to educate others, Teigen compared the uneasy anticipation of having PPD for a second time to the similar fears of giving birth, “It's almost like going into labor and then once you see your little baby, you forget all the pain you just went through," she said. "I think once you're in the midst of postpartum depression, you're like, there is no end to this, you don't see a light. Once it is over and you have the right people around you, the right doctors and help, you realize it didn't have to be that hard.”
How can something as simple as checking in on your wife, friend, or family member be so simple yet so overlooked? Leave it to Queen Chrissy to bring us into the light. Mothers can’t always be the caretakers, they too need to be looked out for. PPD is different for everyone, and it is our job as a community to be educated on what that means as we keep the conversation going.