Chrissy Teigen Talks Ups and Downs of Motherhood and Postpartum Depression: 'I Thought It Was Natural'
By Scott Baumgartner
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Chrissy Teigen is once again sharing her experience with postpartum depression in an effort to shine a light on the issue and remind other women that they aren't alone in this struggle.
The former Sports Illustrated cover girl and author stopped by the Today show on Thursday where she opened up about when she discovered she was experiencing this form of depression.
"It happened with my first one, with [my daughter] Luna. I just didn't know there was any other way to feel. I thought it was natural to be in this low point," she said on the air. "I just assumed that was motherhood and no other way around it. Until people around me starting telling me they saw distinct changes in my personality that was really helpful to me. I wish I had this center where I was. It blows your mind that this center isn't everywhere really."
"I just didn't know that there was any other way to feel. I thought it was very natural to be in this low, low point. I just assumed that was motherhood." @chrissyteigen talks about having postpartum depression after having her first child, Luna pic.twitter.com/ZpGYMAR5AQ
Teigen went on to explain that her close inner circle, including husband John Legend, were incredibly important during this difficult period in her life.
"John and my doctors were my strength," she stated. "I had such a good group of people that were around and people were really watchful of me. I had really changed. It wasn't just being tired, it was being really sad and hard on yourself and down on yourself. It wasn't just the blues and a lot of us think it is the baby blues you are going through different things of course… Speaking to the women made me realize just what a different feeling it is - it's a unique experience that can be really tough. We encourage everyone to share their stories. Open up the dialogue so there is no stigma."
She also explained how she found her voice on the issue and decided to advocate for women to seek help if they are coping with postpartum depression.
"I didn't really realize it until I wrote an article for Glamour magazine…how many women are going through this, more than anything I've ever done, more women come up to me and talk about that article," she explained. "It was really important for me to partner up with them and I get to visit Pittsburgh and speak with some of the women at this behavioral health center and it was really an incredible experience because I saw myself reflected in them and it was crazy."