If there's one thing Chrissy Teigen can consistently be counted upon for, it's her frankness. Whether she's talking about mesh panties, her hubby John Legend's detestable refusal to breastfeed (seriously, John?), or choosing to keep her own last name, the model and TV personality is never one to sugarcoat things. Recently, she opened up with trademark candor about a topic that's an intensely vulnerable one for many moms: postpartum depression.
Teigen has gone on the record to discuss her experience overcoming PPD following the birth of her daughter, Luna, before. But in a new series of videos created in collaboration with Allegheny Health Network (AHN), the mom of two gave a particularly unvarnished account of what struggling with the illness looked like, as well as the moment when she knew things had gotten serious.
"I knew things were really bad when I started keeping clothes in the pantry because I wasn't going up to bed," she shared. "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."
Teigen created the videos in partnership with AHN to help them launch the #MyWishForMoms initiative, which is dedicated to ending stigma around PPD and empowering more women to have frank conversations. Prior to the birth of her second child, Miles, Teigen said she'd arrived at a place of awareness and support where she knew she could combat further PPD symptoms, should she have to face them again. But she lamented that, for many women, this isn't the case.
"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," Teigen said while promoting the AHN initiative. "Imagine if we can get as many people talking about postpartum depression and anxiety as those experiencing it, and let them know help is available."