Chrissy Teigen on her late-onset postnatal depression: ‘It sneaks up on a lot of people’

Chrissy Teigen has opened up about how she suffered with postnatal depression following the birth of her daughter in 2016, but her depressive symptoms didn’t come on immediately.

Always one to keep it ‘real’, Chrissy – who is mum to Luna, two, and five-month-old Miles with her husband John Legend, told Glamour magazine: “I think the most surprising thing for me was that it happened three months after.

“I thought postpartum was, you have the baby and you’re sad. It was like, no. It sneaks up on a lot of people. That’s why I thought it was important for me to talk about.”

Chrissy opens up for Glamour magazine

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Honored to be one of Glamour’s Women of the Year amongst other women I admire and adore so much. I’ve never been the most eloquent person and lately I’ve noticed myself going quiet – consumed by the news of the day, and not quite knowing what to say. Or wanting to say something but not really having the mental strength to handle the inevitable backlash. But I end up feeling worse. I want to speak up for those that can’t, for people that feel smaller or less-than because of the big talk of a small man. I PROMISE I am going to do what I can to live up to this title and live up to the bar set by incredible women like Kamala, Viola, Janelle. I am not worthy but I will continue to try to make you laugh, give love through food, and wad the panties of assholes trying to keep you down. I love you guys and am so appreciative of the platform you have bestowed upon me!! Thank you to @glamourmag for this incredible honor. #glamourWOTY

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Chrissy, 32, says while she appreciates the glamorous life she lives, it was never on the cards.

“When I look at the most successful people around me, I feel like they all had plans,” says the former Sports Illustrated model.

“But I never had a plan. Never. I used to be on anti-anxiety medication because I was confused.

“I didn’t know where I was going in life. All I knew when I was younger, or when I was 18, was that I wanted kids and a husband.”

The mum-of-two takes down a mum shamer on Instagram

Meanwhile, the curvy mama recently took down a mum-shamer on Instagram.

Chrissy posted a snap of herself bottle-feeding her son Miles on Instagram, when a troll retorted: “You no longer breastfeed?”

To which Chrissy replied: “John never breastfed Miles.”


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10 signs you may have postnatal depression

Getting The Support You Need

One in seven women in Australia suffers from postnatal depression and one in ten new fathers also experience postnatal depression, says Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA).

If you or someone you know is struggling, then remember you are not alone. Have a look at our story on what every mum who has experienced PND needs to hear as well as our post natal depression archives for ways to get the help you deserve.

For more on the signs and symptoms of postnatal depression visit


PANDA National Helpline – 1300 726 306

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

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