Chrissy Teigen is a mama who doesn’t bite her tongue. The Lip Sync Battle star takes to social media on a regular basis to update fans about about her work and family, and she’s been brutally honest about the ups and downs of #momlife.
The 32-year-old mom of one has spoken candidly about her experience with postpartum depression (PPD) after welcoming daughter Luna, now 22 months old. Now that Teigen and husband John Legend are expecting their second child (a boy this time) she is worried her PPD may return.
Speaking to hairstylist Jen Atkin on stage at the Create & Cultivate conference in Los Angeles, Teigen talked about her concerns, and also about the importance of support for those with PPD.
People reports Teigen told Atkin, “Do I worry about it with this little boy? I do. But I also know that when it does happen — if it does — I’m so ready for it. I have the perfect people around me for it. That’s why I stand for a real core group of people around me.”
Teigen’s concerns about PPD are certainly warranted. About one in nine women in the United States experience postpartum depression symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women who, like Teigen, have already experienced an episode of PPD, the rates are as high as 50%.
PPD is super common, but it is also super hard, even for someone with all the resources Teigen has. “I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. 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,” she wrote in an essay for Glamour last year.
Teigen spoke up about her PPD because she doesn’t want other moms to delay getting help. When she was diagnosed after months of pain, it was an incredible relief, and she wishes she’d gotten help sooner.
“I remember being so exhausted but happy to know that we could finally get on the path of getting better. John had that same excitement. I started taking an antidepressant, which helped.”
If PPD does strike this time around, Teigen will be ready. We’re pretty sure it doesn’t stand a chance, because if her Twitter history is any indication, this is a mama who will not be messed with.