Over the weekend, Chrissy Teigen took to her Instagram account to share the news that she's currently in the middle of an IVF cycle more than a year after suffering a devastating pregnancy loss.
Teigen has always been candid about her IVF journey—both her daughter, Luna, and her son, Miles, were conceived via IVF as well. And while the mom of three (she and her husband, John Legend, lost their third child, son Jack, at just 20 weeks gestation in 2020) is always happy to share most of her life with the world, she has some advice for people in the comments section.
"I humbly beg you to stop asking if I’m pregnant because while I know it’s said with excited, good intentions, it just kind of sucks to hear because I am the opposite of pregnant!" she writes in the photo caption. "But also like please stop asking people, anyone, if they’re pregnant."
Teigen says she's experiencing side effects that may explain why people assume she's pregnant, like bloating. But she hopes to "save as many eggos as I possibly can and hopefully make some strong, healthy embryos."
Assisted reproductive technology (ART), including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), involves procedures in which both eggs and sperm are handled, and may be recommended when other techniques have not been successful. In IVF, an egg is combined with sperm outside the body in vitro—which roughly translates to "in glass.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 4 million births per year in the U.S., meaning 1 to 2 percent of all U.S. births annually are via IVF.
Asking people if they're pregnant when you're not 100% certain, or if they haven't confirmed the news themselves, is an absolute no-no. It can be hurtful in many ways when people feel inclined to comment on your body, especially because we never know what struggles another person has been through or is currently enduring.
And because Chrissy Teigen has always been extremely open and public about most parts of her life, she'll be the one to tell the world if and when she's expecting another child.