Chrissy Teigen is the queen of Instagram, and she has #nofilter when it comes to talking about parenting. Prior to having kids, Chrissy was open about her struggles getting pregnant. She was outspoken about how people’s expectations to have a baby are unfair and burdensome to people who struggle to or cannot conceive. Chrissy was blessed to be able to overcome those struggles, and thanks to IVF, she has two beautiful children today. While that closed the door on one struggle with her body, she had another struggle in between the birth of her two children that she’s recently opened up about.
After giving birth to now 2-year-old daughter Luna, Chrissy decided to put her body to the test by modeling in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue 10 months postpartum. People admired her body the way they admire everything about Chrissy, who’s pretty optimistic and lighthearted as far as personalities go. Her inner dialogue was way different, however. Chrissy revealed that her struggles with postpartum depression and body image were hurdles she had to overcome like so many women do.
Chrissy Teigen is absolutely one of our faves. She’s outspoken and fearless while still being totally relatable.
When Chrissy announced that she and hubby John Legend were expecting their first child together, fans were over-the-moon excited for the couple. Chrissy was open about her struggles conceiving, so knowing that they finally were starting the family they wanted was great news.
Many people who still viewed Chrissy as primarily a model, despite the plethora of other things she does, speculated on how pregnancy would affect her body.
Chrissy has had more than her fair share of features in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and many people had a very specific idea of what her body “should” look like.
Chrissy tried not to stress those details during pregnancy, instead basking in the glow of the experience she’d waited so long for.
In the October issue of Women’s Health, Chrissy got real about her experiences after giving birth to Luna.
“After Luna, I was drinking too much,” Chrissy admitted. “I wasn’t eating as much because I was full from drinking. I wasn’t being good to my body.”
It’s hard to level that kind of criticism toward yourself, so imagine how hard it is to admit it out loud when you know the world is ready to judge you. We give Chrissy major props for recognizing the problem and taking care of it. And in her case, that required a dose of antidepressants.
She also recalled that trying to write her cookbook Cravings during this time was “torturous.”
Chrissy and John also went on a wellness retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. Chrissy credits the trip with giving her perspective.
Chrissy didn’t let her experience with postpartum stand in the way of continuing to expand her family. She and John announced they were pregnant with baby No. 2 earlier this year.
Chrissy says her next cookbook, a follow-up to Cravings called Cravings: Hungry for More (out later this month), focuses more on quicker meals with fewer steps.
“Two kids in, you can’t eat the way you used to,” she acknowledges. “I changed, so the book had to change.”
We can’t wait to see what this mom has us cooking up with this next book!