Chrissy Teigen's Essay on Postpartum Depression Is a Real Eye-Opener

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Chrissy Teigen is known for sharing all, which makes her latest revelation so important yet totally surprising. In Glamour's April issue, Teigen admits she suffered with postpartum depression and anxiety following the birth of daughter, Luna. In the essay we never saw coming, the 31-year-old reveals intimate details -- like the fact that it got so bad, she stopped eating and could barely get off the couch.

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Talk about a surprising admission. By all counts, the cookbook author and former Too Fab cohost's life appeared like something out of a fairy tale. If you look at Mrs. John Legend's social media accounts, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model looked as if she were loving life, but on the inside, the new mom was breaking down. 

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She writes:

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. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn't have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.

Wow, you'd never have known it from the perennially upbeat posts on the stunning mama's Instagram feed. Because Teigen has always been delightfully real and down-to-earth about everything from her post-baby body to the challenges of breastfeeding and returning to work, her words about the condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of new moms seem even more important. 

It's a crucial reminder that social media can be so misleading. It's easy to fall prey to believing everything you see, which can also make you feel down or depressed about your own life by comparison. But even as Teigen was posting photos of her fabulous meals, she reveals, she lost her appetite. She shares:

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. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me.

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So, why is Luna's mom, who recently said she looks forward to adding to her family, speaking up about it now? Because she's hoping her experience can encourage others to get the help they need. Teigen explains:

Postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn't control it. And that's part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I'm struggling. Sometimes I still do. 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. 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.

Once again, we applaud her for her refreshing honesty and for acknowledging that while she might not have all the answers, sometimes just being open is enough to start a life-changing conversation. 

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It wasn't until she sought the help of a doctor that Teigen got the help she needed and began to feel better. She shares:

Before the holidays I went to my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll.

The celeb mom also credits Legend with remaining kind and compassionate as she struggled. It's awesome to hear she has such a great support system.

So many moms look up to Teigen, and once again, her words will no doubt resonate and inspire others -- hopefully to know they're not alone. 

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