Chrissy Teigen has always been refreshingly real about the ups and downs of parenting. Now, the mom of two is opening up about her personal struggle with postpartum depression, a serious condition that affects thousands of new mothers every year.
“I knew things were really bad when I started keeping clothes in the pantry because I wasn’t going up to bed,” Teigen said in a video interview for her #MyWishForMoms campaign. Partnering with the Allegheny Health Network, the 33-year-old launched the initiative to help end the stigma surrounding postpartum mental health issues.
Talking to Ashley Griffin, another mom who dealt with PPD, Teigen went on to explain, “The mere thought of going up, changing for bed, and then getting dressed again and coming downstairs the next day was just painful to me. So I just started sleeping on the couch for a couple of months — and John slept with me every night — I would keep a stack of clothes in the pantry, the same clothes I was pregnant in. I was just like, ‘Screw it.’ I basically lived on the first floor of my house forever.”
The Lip Sync Battle! host, who has Luna, 2, and Miles, 10 months, with husband John Legend, said that the hardest part was the fact that she felt ashamed to admit that she was having trouble. “None of the regular mom groups [talk about it],” she told Griffin, adding in a press release that “my wish for moms is that they know they aren’t alone, and they are supported by the more than 500,000 women who share their experience each year.”
It isn’t the first time that Teigen has talked publicly about her experience with postpartum depression. In an interview with Glamour, she candidly shared her story and said, “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.”