Chrissy Teigen is recovering after depression: ‘there’s a light on the other side’

If you follow Chrissy Teigen on social media, you know she’s into sharing. A LOT of sharing. Not only does she share photos from family vacations and drunken Super Bowl escapades, she also gives followers a look at her home life with husband John Legend and their beautiful daughter Luna, who celebrated her first birthday Friday. What you may not have seen amidst the smiling faces and laughter is the fact that Chrissy battled with postpartum depression after giving birth to Luna. She wrote a powerful essay for Glamour discussing her struggle with PPD, admitting to crying bouts, depression and difficultly even leaving the house.

Chrissy sought treatment and was put on antidepressant. In a new interview with Refinery29, she says she still has some “bad days,” but that she’s not letting those small setbacks get her down. Also in the interview, the Vita Coco spokesperson called coconut water “delicious” (I am SO not buying that) and discussed some of the highs and lows she’s experienced as a mom. Here are some highlights:

Chrissy’s advice for Moms suffering from PPD: Just know that there’s a light on the other side. When I was in the midst of everything, I could never imagine myself on the other side of it. Now, I’m able to look at September, October, November, December, and shake my head at how dark and crazy of a period it was. Unfortunately you can only really do that when you’re out of it. There’s no other way to explain it. And there’s no better feeling than being out of it. Of course, you have your good and bad days. I just had a bad day a couple days ago. But the bad days do not outweigh the good days anymore. Just when you think it’s really really bad, it’s going to get better. So hopefully, if you’re going through something tough you can find some peace in knowing that.

On changing who you are after motherhood: You definitely do have to change. You just have to. But a lot of my friends and I joke whenever I go out, like ‘Oh, here goes cool mom,’ or if I ask for a braid in my hair, they’re like ‘Oh, you want to be cool mom again!’ You naturally change because there’s something else that consumes your mind at all times and I don’t think you can help that, but you can still be cool! But, some people are lucky enough to have people around them who are able to help. Like, my mom lives with us. It’s an incredible experience that I’m able to have, because I can maintain this balance of still having a life, and being a mother, and being a mother with a life, and my life being a mother. And even if you don’t have a live-in mom, if you aren’t afraid to lean on other people when you need it, I don’t think you have to feel like you have to give everything up. But it does change you, and that’s why I think you have to be completely ready.

On the (gross) joys of motherhood: Maybe like five minutes ago, I took my nail up Luna’s nose and scraped the most epic booger out you can ever imagine. And I put it in a paper towel and I kind of stared at it for a while, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is like a really amazing booger I got.’ Like you get very excited for being able to clear out your kid’s nose. I have this obsession with digging out her boogers with my pinky. I try to be as gentle as possible, but once I see it, I can’t go to bed knowing it’s in there. I need to get it out. I’ve honestly thought about putting my mouth around her nose and just sucking it out.

[From Refinery 29]

Chrissy wasn’t the only one that PPD took a toll on. Hubby John recently revealed to The Sun that he didn’t see his wife’s battle with PPD coming. He went on to say,

You’re not emotionally prepared for someone that’s going through a dark time as you’re welcoming this new life. When you don’t understand what’s happening, it’s a bit challenging to figure it out and you don’t know if it’s something you’ve done or some other ­reason why she’s not feeling well. Once you understand what the reasons are then it makes perfect sense and you can adjust accordingly. It’s a chemical thing that happens to a lot of people after giving birth and there are ways to treat it and deal with it. So many people go through this — they say one in nine but there’s probably more than that. I think it was good for [Chrissy] to talk about it.

[From The Sun]

Not only is Chrissy triumphing over PPD, she’s also getting back into the kitchen to work on the follow-up cookbook to Cravings. She had put the project on pause during her bout with PPD, but felt that she was now “back into the mode of cooking.” Even though the book probably won’t hit shelves until next year, I can only hope this results in more “food porn” on social media. Chrissy has already taken to Twitter to ask fans for advice on what recipes to feature.

(Butternut squash spoon bread. Please.) Since I’ve gotten to “know” Chrissy, I continue to like her more and more. I am not a mom, never have been, never will, so I will never know what PPD feels like, but I’m glad that Chrissy shared her story. I’m sure it provided some comfort to other suffering moms out there. I can, however, relate to Chrissy’s recent wardrobe issues. On Tuesday, Chrissy shared a video on Snapchat of her run-in with a jumpsuit with a mind of its own. In the video, she jumped, tugged and squeezed, but the outfit, which fit great on the bottom, couldn’t contain her chest region. (I have the opposite problem.)

One final note, happy birthday to you, Luna! Can’t wait to see the photos, as I’m sure smash cake will be involved.

John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Take Their Baby To A Party In Bel-Air

Chrissy Teigen Decorates A Cake At Cakemix

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  1. slowsnow says:

    I am really glad that Teigen is talking about post-partum depression and her struggles. If only mums had been as open about these very serious concequences of being a mum when I had my kids it would have been great.
    I say this because there are things that pertain only to the mum such as PPD. Nevertheless, when I read about the rest of it I always feel encapsulated in a women’s only world. And before people throw knives at me, I am saying that when you are in a mum + dad situation as I am (not talking about gay parenting or single parenting of course), these moments were as much my own as they were my husband’s. I am sure the Legend+Teigen couple spends a lot of time together due to their unconventional jobs – as my man and I did. And yet, there is never an “us”.
    I firmly believe that until our society considers that the two partners are parents together and think of parent leave and chilcare as an “us” issue and not a “she” issue, we won’t get anywhere. And therefore, these posts make me cringe a bit. I know Teigen doesn’t mean any harm and kuddos to her for talking about PPD, truly. But I don’t care for this kind of cute mum-share. And I certainly do not await anxiously for photos of her child who should be preserved from exposure until she’s old enough to choose to be exposed.

  2. Jenns says:

    I know this isn’t the point of the article, but Chrissy’s tweet yesterday made me laugh out loud:

    Happy Easter, everyone! Really. Except @realDonaldTrump

  3. Laura says:

    You know, I’m not really a fan of hers, but I admire her coming out and talking about this. I wish more people talked about their mental health struggles as it would lessen the shame and stigma around it.

    Good for you Chrissy. I wish you and your family the best.

  4. Nicole says:

    I’m glad people like Chrissy and Hayden have been open about their PPD. It’s such a serious issue and because this country is obsessed with perfect mothers from the jump so many hide their PPD. It’s upsetting how little we care about mental health in this country.

  5. Keri says:

    This is a serious topic, but I don’t take anything she says or does seriously.

  6. Kaye says:

    She got new teeth, right?

  7. Az says:

    Don’t believe a word of it. Trying to garner sympathy for her and john new talk show. Rather than come across as privileged. Desperate for fame.

    • Celeb-Iffy says:

      I agree. She is so desperate for fame, she will do and say anything to stay relevant. Sickening!

    • NotSoSocialButterfy says:

      Have you ever experienced PPD? I have, it is indescribably horrible, and I think it is quite awful of you to so completely discount her story as a false narrative.

  8. Nikki says:

    I like Chrissie, but if Jennifer Lawrence had talked about loving to get boogers out of her baby’s nose with her pinky, or that her mom lives with her but it’s a hard adjustment, I think most readers would be more critical. I think we each like who we like, and filter a lot of our judgements through that lens. I do like her and am glad they BOTH are speaking up about PPD.

    • Kaye says:

      That is very true, Nikki, and something I hadn’t thought of before. Our opinions of people certainly affect how we perceive their behavior.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Very true. Also, the booger thing made me a little nauseous.

      I am glad she is speaking about PPD though.