Model mom ad­mits to blues

Saturday Star - - LIFESTYLE -

THE 31-YEAR-OLD mother was healthy and beau­ti­ful, and so was her baby. The mom was also rich, hap­pily em­ployed and so­cia­ble. Her hus­band was suc­cess­ful and sup­port­ive. And she was pro­foundly, achingly, re­lent­lessly mis­er­able.

“I was dif­fer­ent than be­fore. Get­ting out of bed was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoul­ders – even my wrists – hurt. I didn’t have an ap­petite… I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tip­toe out­side. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it rain­ing? There was a lot of spon­ta­neous crying. I was so tired of be­ing in pain. Of sleep­ing on the couch. Of tak­ing things out on the wrong people. Of not en­joy­ing life.”

What she had was post­par­tum de­pres­sion.

What made her dif­fer­ent is that she was Chrissy Teigen – Sports Il­lus­trated cover girl, best-sell­ing cook­book au­thor, host of Lip Sync Bat­tle, vol­u­ble tweeter, and wife of John Leg­end, the award-win­ning singer/song­writer/ac­tor. You don’t look at her and think she’d fall vic­tim to the malaise that af­fects one out of nine new moth­ers in the US, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

But she did. In the cover story of the April is­sue of Glam­our magazine, Teigen brings her lively, tell-all prose style to the story of how she fell apart af­ter the birth last April of her daugh­ter, Luna; how she even­tu­ally re­alised what was wrong with her and how she’s deal­ing with it.

It’s not as though you’ve never be­fore met any­one go­ing through this (or gone through it your­self). But she makes this painful pe­riod easy to read about, which should make her story help­ful to other women in pain.

The most ap­peal­ing part is her eye-rolling aware­ness of how lucky she is com­pared with most people, as in when she says: “There are weeks when I still don’t leave the house for days; then I’m ran­domly at the Su­per Bowl or Gram­mys. (This is cringe­worthily un­re­lat­able, and I am very aware of that – it’s giv­ing me anx­i­ety.)”

Any­way, she’s tak­ing an­tide­pres­sants, she’s find­ing a ther­a­pist, she says she’s get­ting bet­ter. “I love John and Luna more than I can imag­ine lov­ing any­thing, and John and I still hope to give Luna a few sib­lings. Post­par­tum de­pres­sion hasn’t changed that.”

The ar­ti­cle ends with a link to a what-you-need-to-know site with ad­vice for any new mom who needs to bat­tle the same prob­lem – with a lot fewer re­sources than Chrissy Teigen has. – The Wash­ing­ton Post

A preg­nant Chrissy Teigen and John Leg­end arrive for the 88th an­nual Academy Awards cer­e­mony at the Dolby Theater in Hol­ly­wood last year.

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