Chrissy Teigen opens up about the reality of postnatal depression

Chrissy Teigen opens up about the reality of postnatal depression

Many will assume that postnatal depression arrives soon after childbirth, but Chrissy Teigen experienced it months after her first child, Luna, was born in 2016.

In an essay for Glamour in 2017, she spoke at length about her experience with the condition, of which she suffered for much of Luna's first year.

"I had everything I needed to be happy," she wrote. "And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy."

"I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. 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.'"

She had blamed her bad moods, lack of appetite, and detachment on the stress of her home being under construction, but this wasn't the case. She never left the house unless she absolutely had to, was short with many of the people she spoke to, and would often fall victim to bouts of "spontaneous crying".

Eventually she went to see her GP for a physical with her husband, and once she described her symptoms, it became clear she had postpartum depression and anxiety, and was put on antidepressants. Now, it has been three months since the birth of her second child, Miles, and she wonders whether the condition will strike again.

The National Institute of Mental Health explains that postnatal depression typically occurs between a week and a month after birth, but it can take longer to develop. Talking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Teigen spoke about the prospect of facing depression again:

“That’s what I’m still wondering now, honestly. I’m three months out with Miles. And when I hit that point with Luna, it was at this time. Around three months.

“I think what people don’t know is that sometimes it takes time to kick in. You just don’t know what’s gonna happen. I don’t know what next week is gonna be like. You take it day by day.

Fortunately, she is far more prepared this time around. "I feel like at least now if it does happen, I’ll know it upon the first time I feel it," she said. "Rather than wondering for so long why I was feeling like that.”

Kate Pinney, midwife for baby charity Tommy's, spoke to The Independent about postnatal depression, and how it can occur anytime in the first year of having a baby.

"It is not always obvious, and often at first, many mothers put how they are feeling down to tiredness and adjusting to parenthood, therefore sometimes not realising that they could be developing postnatal depression.

"Postnatal depression symptoms can last for weeks or months following childbirth, with symptoms including feelings of sadness, lack of energy, a drop in concentration levels and a poor appetite.

"It is really important, for any parent experiencing changes in their mood, to seek support and talk to someone, whether that be their GP, midwife or health visitor."

While Teigen may have to face familiar battles in the near future, thankfully she has the understanding to cope with it better this time around - and maybe her words will help others, too.