The 31-year-old model opens up about the physical and emotional changes she faced after the birth of her and husband John Legend's daughter, Luna. "I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful," she writes of returning to co-host Lip Sync Battle. "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."
Teigen also admits that her whole disposition changed. "One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people," she says. "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 says she finally went to the doctor to get a physical because she was "so tired of being in pain, of sleeping on the couch, of waking up throughout the night, of throwing up" and "of taking things out on the wrong people."
During that doctor's appointment, Teigen was diagnosed with postpartum depression and started taking antidepressant medication. "I just got the name of a therapist who I am planning to start seeing," she writes. "Let’s be honest though -- I probably needed therapy way before Luna!"
Teigen admits that there still "are weeks" when she doesn't leave the house for days and then she's "randomly at the Super Bowl or GRAMMYs. "Physically, I still don’t have energy for a lot of things, but a lot of new moms deal with this. Just crawling around with Luna can be hard," she shares. "My back pain has gotten better, but my hands and wrists still hurt. And it can still be tough for me to stomach food some days. But I’m dealing."
As for Legend, Teigen says her husband has been beyond supportive. "He wants me to be happy, silly, and energetic again, but he’s not making me feel bad when I’m not in that place," she notes. "I love John and Luna more than I can imagine loving anything, and John and I still hope to give Luna a few siblings. Postpartum hasn’t changed that."
"I didn't think it could happen to me. I have a great life," she adds. "I have all the help I could need, but postpartum does not discriminate."