Chrissy Teigen’s Postpartum Depression Confession is a Breath of Fresh Air
When it comes to celebrity mothers, no one is as sacred as Chrissy Teigen. It honestly feels like the woman can do no wrong. When I think about it too much, it can even get frustrating — I mean, she has an adorable baby, a great job, a husband that wrote the world's most freaking romantic love song all about her, and even her dang stretch marks are cute.
Teigen is popular precisely because she keeps it real about motherhood and makes us all laugh in the process. She doesn't hold back when calling out double standards about how moms and dads are treated. Or how celebrities “bounce back” because hello, they have trainers and literally teams of people helping them to “bounce back.” She is gloriously unfiltered, even when she filters herself on social media, and we all love that about her.
But Teigen got serious recently in Glamour magazine about a very somber topic and it's one that I am glad she is speaking out about. She told the magazine all about her struggles with postpartum depression and although she's a celebrity whose life looks nothing like many of ours, here's why what she said is so very important.
Teigen penned a heartfelt and almost not-like-her-usual-goofy self-essay for the magazine, writing about how she struggled to even admit that she had postpartum depression in the first place.
“I had everything I needed to be happy,” she wrote.“And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How can I feel this way when everything is so great?”
Those words are so, so important because they give all women permission to realize that postpartum depression does not discriminate. It does not care how rich you are or how great of a singer your husband is or how adorable your baby is or how perfect your cheekbones are. PPD can strike anyone at any time and it's a health condition that can be treated.
The celebrity went on to admit that even she was afraid of being judged for admitting she had PPD. We are so quick to judge mothers and look for any signs that they are doing something “wrong,” which can lead many women to not get the help that they actually need. She also discussed the very physical symptoms that PPD can cause, anything from fatigue to actual joint and stomach pain. When we aren't treating our mental health, our physical health can suffer too.
And the saddest part of all is that for women who aren't able to recognize their own depression or find the help they need, they may never realize what life is like on the other side of depression. SO many women start thinking that the depressed version of themselves is the “real” version of themselves or the new version of themselves after motherhood and that's a lie that steals so many mothers' joy. Teigen did this too, admitting she thought, “I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.”
But that's not the truth for moms with PPD and it wasn't the truth for Teigen. Although she is still dealing with her depression, her confession and letter are a breath of fresh air in a world where motherhood can feel like one endless competition to see who's happier or skinnier or has the nicer hair. None of that stuff matters, but what does matter is talking about her struggles so that we can all grow stronger together.
“I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone,” Teigen said. “I also don’t want to pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that—for me—just merely being open about it helps. This has become my open letter.”