Model Chrissy Teigen opened up about her secret battle with postpartum depression and anxiety in an essay she penned for Glamour magazine's April cover story.
"I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life," Teigen wrote. "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."
The 31-year-old gave birth to her first child, Luna Simone Stephens, in April of 2016. She and her husband, John Legend, had been trying to conceive for years, ABC News reports. When she returned to work at "Lip Sync Battle," Teigen explained that she could tell something was off.
“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders even my wrists hurt," she wrote. "I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me."
All of a sudden everyone's "how are you!" turns to "how arrrrrre you??????" know what I'm saying? No? Yes? Ah— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 6, 2017
Teigen wrote that she still has her fair share of good and bad days even after getting treatment for her condition and taking antidepressants.
The writer and cookbook author added that she decided to speak up about her condition because she wants people to know it can happen to anyone.
"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," she wrote.
Teigen added that she and Legend still want Luna to have siblings in the future.
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