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Chrissy Teigen is on bedrest—and says it's 'punishment' for previous 'easy' pregnancies

"Been in bed for all but 5 mins of the last 24 hours."

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Chrissy Teigen has been very vocal about the struggle she faced when trying to get pregnant. But when the multi-hyphenate finally conceived her firstborn (daughter Luna), things went smoothly... and when she was pregnant with her second child, Miles, she had a fairly easy time again.

But now she's learning that this doesn't necessarily mean all subsequent pregnancies will be the same way... and she's learning it the hard way. Teigen, who is currently expecting her third child with husband John Legend, is on bed rest. And, well, any mama who has ever been in this position will tell you: A bed rest pregnancy is anything but easy.

The soon-to-be mama of three believes this tough pregnancy is "punishment" for calling her previous experiences "easy".

"Been in bed for all but 5 mins of the last 24 hours," Teigen tweeted. "Here til next Tuesday. Lord it's kind of crappier than it sounds. On punishment for saying the first two pregnancies were easy peasy."

The good news? Teigen is also quickly learning she's definitely not alone. "As my Mom would say, that's a baby with a PURPOSE. Sending love from someone who was on bed rest for my third baby. Hang in there, Mama," one fellow mama replied via a tweet. Another added: "I hate this for you! I did 7 weeks with both of my pregnancies (30-37 weeks and then early deliveries due to high BP). It isn't fun and it is honestly HARD to stay in bed despite what it sounds like. You take care of you and the baby! That's the most important thing!"

This isn't the first time Teigen has tweeted about being on bed rest. Last week, she shared another tweet that reads: "I'm on official 2 week bed rest :( I'm taking this time to learn how to sew capes and kid clothes so [things are] about to get... astonishingly ugly."

This comes after Teigen showed the world how she's advocating for herself and monitoring her health during her pregnancy by posting a video of her ultrasound.

She explained she's been feeling a lot of anxiety during this pregnancy and called her doctor as she was concerned about "any little bits of spotting or pain."

Teigen's third pregnancy has been a different experience for her, as (unlike her pregnancies with Miles and Luna) it was a surprise and didn't happen thanks to IVF. The surprise factor meant Teigen ended up having surgery to remove her breast implants early in her pregnancy. She didn't even know she was pregnant yet.

"I did the routine pregnancy test you do before surgery. It said negative. It was not negative," the soon-to-be mother of three explained. "A few weeks after surgery, I took a test. And for many years now, I've taken pregnancy tests almost every month, praying to see a positive one day. Just wishful thinking. I never had a positive before."

Teigen has been busy homeschooling her children and now plans to use her 2-week bedrest to do some crafts for the kids, which is a good thing because she recently told Marie Claire her therapist has suggested she cut back on social media during this pregnancy as conspiracy theorists have been trolling her hard.

Since Teigen already experienced postpartum depression during a previous pregnancy, we totally support her doing whatever she needs to do to protect her mental health now, even if that means we get fewer tweets and Instagram stories. She'll likely post whatever crafts she makes from bed, though. We can't wait to see what she comes up with.

We definitely feel for this mama—being on bed rest is not easy, and we hope the rest of her pregnancy isn't as challenging as it is right now. With that being said, it's all so, so worth it when you have to do something like this to keep that little baby healthy and safe... and we know Teigen feels the same way.

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

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