Chrissy Teigen pens a heartwarming essay to mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression. She also opens up about her own experience after giving birth to baby Luna.
For Glamour’s April issue, Chrissy writes about not knowing why she felt so down after giving birth. “I would be in my dressing room, sitting in a robe, getting hair and makeup done, and a crew member would knock on the door and ask: ‘Chrissy, do you know the lyrics to this song?’ And I would lose it. Or ‘Chrissy, do you like these cat ears, or these panda hands?’ And I’d be like: ‘Whatever you want. I don’t care.’ They would leave. My eyes would well up and I would burst into tears. My makeup artist would pat them dry and give me a few minutes.”
“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom,'” she adds.
Chrissy continues that she didn’t have an appetite and didn’t go out of the house unless it was for work. She also complained about constant body pain. She later found out from her doctor that she’s suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety.
We’ve spoken about postpartum depression before and how it greatly affects 10 to 20 percent of women. However, there’s still a stigma surrounding it. When Toni Gonzaga opened up about it, her sister joked about it on live TV.
Chrissy says she’s getting better. She also hopes to break the stigma of this condition with her essay and encourages other women to open up about it.
“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. This has become my open letter.”[Glamour]
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