Chrissy Teigen opens up about her high risk pregnancy: ‘I am devastated’

The news derailed her plans for third cookbook.

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In an early-morning tweet, Chrissy Teigen shared that she is postponing the release of her next cookbook indefinitely, due to complications from her high-risk pregnancy.

Teigen's first books, Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat: A Cookbook and Cravings: Hungry for More: A Cookbook, are cult favorites. Everyone was looking forward to the next in the series, so disappointment abounds—but no one feels it more than Teigen. She wrote simply, "Baby cannot do it. I am devastated."

Teigen has been vocal about the difficulties of her current pregnancy. Concerns with her placenta (the organ responsible for providing the baby with nutrients and oxygen) have led to her diagnosis of a high-risk pregnancy, and the subsequent recommendation for bed rest.


She wrote, "Lord it's kind of crappier than it sounds. On punishment for saying the first two pregnancies were easy peasy."

Teigen is not the only celebrity who has had to derail plans due to high-risk pregnancies. Ayesha Curry, Kate Middleton and Amy Shumer suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition involving severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Kim Kardashian West had placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows into the uterine wall. Beyoncé had preeclampsia, a condition of dangerously high blood pressures and accompanied by liver or kidney illness.

These amazing women help us remember that high-risk pregnancies can happen to anyone; and that they are really hard to deal with. High-risk pregnancies often mean more medical visits and testing, which can be stressful and time-consuming. The toll of the worry is also significant.

And, as these celebrity mamas have shown us, many women with high risk have to make significant lifestyle changes to try to stay as healthy as possible, including changes that may affect or even derail their careers, as Teigen's case illustrates.

Not surprisingly, women with high-risk pregnancies are at a higher risk of experiencing prenatal depression. That is, in part, because these pregnancies are so stressful. Mamas at high risk are worried about every little thing they do (or don't do) and sometimes the best advice medical providers have is to scratch some things off the to-do list. It can be devastating for women and pregnant people who are used to doing a lot, like Teigen (who hosts multiple TV shows, homeschools her kids and has a line of cookware in addition to her cookbook gig) but it can help.

If your provider asks you to slow things down during a high-risk pregnancy and you're feeling as devastated as Tiegen is, don't be afraid to ask for a mental health referral as well. It can be tough to take it easy in a society that values hustle culture above all else, but you can do this, mama. You just might need some emotional support while you slow down.

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    If you've ever stood over your baby's crib or clung to the monitor watching them as they slept, you're not alone, mama. Making sure your baby is safe while they sleep is one of the top concerns for parents, and often leads to our own sleepless nights as we struggle to relax while our baby snoozes. But you need your sleep too.

    Here are 10 safe sleep guidelines to keep in mind so you can rest a little easier:

    1. Place baby on a firm surface in a crib or bassinet.

    Although your baby has the capability of falling asleep pretty much anywhere as a newborn, it is strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that all sleep happens in a crib with a firm mattress or in a bassinet. Other than a fitted sheet, nothing else should be in the crib, especially for newborns. By placing your baby on a firm surface, you will greatly reduce the risk of SIDS.

    2. Put your baby on their back.

    This is the safest position for your baby to sleep until they learn to roll over on their own. Once your baby has the ability to completely roll over, it is okay to allow them to remain in that position for sleep, but you should still put them on their back to begin with.

    3. Set the appropriate temperature in the room.

    You may have the urge to over-bundle your little one, especially in the winter months, but as long as the temperature in the room is between 68-72-degrees Fahrenheit, there is no need to layer them in excessive clothing. Long sleeve sleepwear with light socks is all they need to stay warm.

    4. Make sure baby has their own separate sleeping space.

    Although there are strong opinions on both sides of this subject, research has found that sharing a bed with a baby can put them at risk for SIDS. It is recommended by the AAP to room-share for the first 6-12 months of life, but not bed-share. The same goes for sleeping on a couch or other soft surfaces during the day. If you want your baby close to you, you can keep the crib or bassinet next to your bed.

    5. Do not expose your baby to smoke.

    Smoking is one of the risks of SIDS and even small particles on your clothing can be passed to your baby. Children should especially not be sleeping in an environment where there are particles of smoke in the air. This is something that should be considered when traveling and staying in hotels or homes of friends and family members as well.

    6. Use a monitor if they're sleeping in another room.

    The use of a baby monitor not only gives you peace of mind but can help ensure your baby remains safe while sleeping. While you don't need to worry over every little sound they make, there will be situations when you need to go in the room and do a safety check based on what you see or hear in the monitor.

    7. Feed your baby in a position that isn't too relaxing for you.

    This is one that might seem odd as you want to be comfortable as you feed the baby, especially if you are exhausted. However, it is best to avoid any situation where you might potentially fall asleep. For example, sitting in an upright position in a chair versus laying in your bed can help you stay more alert.

    8. Use a pacifier and/or breastfeed if possible.

    There are numerous reasons why a mama might not be able—or want to— to breastfeed, but if you do have the capability of doing so, it has been found as a way to decrease the risk of SIDS.

    Similarly, if your child will take a pacifier, this is a great way to not only soothe them but also to prevent SIDS. I also highly encourage feeding your child as much as needed during the first few months of life. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to feed them every time they wake, but if they seem genuinely hungry, it is safest not to stretch them too long in between feeds.

    9. Have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors nearby.

    You'd be surprised how many homes don't have these installed or installed correctly. Regularly check the batteries in both devices and make sure they are working properly throughout the home so you'd be notified if something happened.

    10. Don't let your baby sleep in an area with animals.

    I know this one can be tough, especially if your pets were your first babies, but as much as we love them and as gentle as we think they are, limit the risk. A cat or dog could accidentally suffocate your baby if they have access to their crib/bassinet, or their fur could cause them to have trouble breathing.

    These safety guidelines are not meant to induce fear or cause excessive worrying, but rather serve as tools and knowledge that will ensure baby's sleep is as safe as possible.

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