Ever since her daughter Luna was born in April last year, Chrissy Teigen has been giving us refreshingly honest insights into her struggles with motherhood.
‘It Can Happen To Anyone’
In an open letter in US Glamour, Chrissy says she discovered she has postpartum depression in December and says it “can happen to anybody”.
“I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of last year, I felt unhappy,” says the 31-year-old, who is married to John Legend.
“What basically everyone – but me – knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression.
“How can I feel this when when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with that, and I hesitated to even talk about this, as everything becomes such a ‘thing’.”
I’ll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. 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. My full essay is on the @glamourmag bio. ❤
‘Postpartum Does Not Discriminate’
Chrissy says that for long periods of time she was unable to leave the house.
“I have a great life. I have all the help I could need. John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny,” she says.
“But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”
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The outspoken star says she is now taking antidepressants for her anxiety and is in therapy.
“I don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression because it can be different for everybody,” she adds.
“But one thing I do know is that – for me – just merely being open about it helps.”
We’re so glad Chrissy has opened up about this and hopefully it will encourages other mums in a similar situation to seek the help they need too.
One in seven women in Australia suffers from postpartum 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.
PANDA National Helpline www.panda.org.au – 1300 726 306
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 224 636