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Chrissy Teigen Shares 'Downside' to Opening Up About Her Postpartum Depression

by Jackie Willis 10:53 AM PST, March 06, 2017
Playing Chrissy Teigen Shares 'Downside' to Opening Up About Her Postpartum Depression

Chrissy Teigen hopes that people won't treat her differently after learning of her struggle with postpartum depression.

The 31-year-old supermodel bravely penned an essay for the April issue of Glamour magazine, where she opened up about the physical and emotional changes she faced after giving birth to daughter Luna. "Important note: please don't feel like you have to tiptoe around me! It is the most uncomfortable feeling ahhhh only downside to sharing PPD," Teigen tweeted on Monday. "All of a sudden everyone's, 'How are you!' turns to, 'How arrrrrre you??????' Know what I'm saying? No? Yes? Ah."

John Legend's wife also posted a message on Instagram, praising the magazine for giving her an outlet to speak about this matter. "I'll just say it: I have postpartum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months," she wrote. "One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long."

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In the essay, Teigen is quite candid about how her whole disposition changed after the birth of Luna in April of last year. "One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people," she shares. "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."

Teigen also had other symptoms that affected her physically. "My lower back throbbed; my shoulders, even my wrists, hurt. I didn’t have an appetite," she notes. "I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me."

"I didn't think it could happen to me. I have a great life," Teigen adds. "I have all the help I could need, but postpartum does not discriminate."

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