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John Legend Praises His Wife Chrissy Teigen For Opening Up About Her Postnatal Depression

John Legend has praised his ‘powerful’ wife Chrissy Teigen for opening up about suffering with postnatal depression following the birth of their daughter Luna last April.

Supportive Partner

“I think it was powerful for her to let a lot of women know they’re not alone, and no matter how much money you have or fame, anybody can feel that,” John told People.

The 38-year-old singer added he did “whatever I could do to help her. (As a man) you don’t know internally what it feels like….You need to be present and you need to be compassionate. And we’re all learning and trying to figure it out as we go.”

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‘It Can Happen To Anyone’ Says Chrissy

Earlier this month, Chrissy, 31, revealed in an open letter published by US Glamourshe discovered she had postnatal depression in December. 

“I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of last year, I felt unhappy,” she revealed.

“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’.”

‘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.”

It’s great to hear that Chrissy is getting so much support from her doting husband during this tough time…

Seeking The Support You Deserve

Pregnancy and motherhood can be a difficult time. There is just so much change happening including changes to your body and to your lifestyle.

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

Ali Pickles, Registered Midwife from The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy team, has previously written a blog aimed at helping mums to better understand postnatal depression and what to look for and how to seek help and support if you need it. You can read this information blog here.

Here at Healthy Mummy H.Q we encourage all mums to speak up, chat with their family, friends (and most importantly) their healthcare practitioner if they are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Crying for no particular reason;
  • Ongoing low mood and constantly feeling overwhelmed;
  • Feeling as though you are struggling to cope;
  • Difficulty sleeping;
  • Difficulties bonding with the baby or with relationships;
  • Low energy level, withdrawal, low appetite, and feelings of guilt.

Please note: There is a range of signs and symptoms that are as a result of postnatal disorders. To find out more, visit Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia‘s [PANDA] website. 

We also want to remind mums who are facing postnatal disorders…that you are NOT ALONE! Here is a great blog regarding What All Mums Who Struggle With PND Need To Hear.

Again, if you are feeling like you are struggling with a postnatal disorder, seek help from your GP or you can contact Lifeline 13 11 14, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia [PANDA] 1300 726 306 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36.

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Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.