Despite battling postnatal depression after the birth of her daughter Luna, Chrissy Teigen says she’s still just as keen to expand her family as ever – even if it means fostering or adoption.
Chrissy Teigen seems to have the ideal life and lifestyle – stunningly beautiful, mega-rich, married to singing superstar John Legend, and mum to her adorable one-year-old daughter, Luna. She has it all, and yet, she’s living proof that mental health problems such as postnatal depression do not discriminate.
In March, the new mum opened up to the world about her ongoing battle with postnatal depression, sharing a heartfelt essay in Glamour magazine that describes some of the deep lows she was feeling after Luna’s birth in April 2016.
So it would be completely understandable that after such a hard time, she might be somewhat hesitant about potentially going through it all again with another baby – as many, many mothers are. (I know I sure was.)
But nope – not Chrissy.
“It couldn’t be any worse than it was”
In a recent interview in Marie Claire magazine, she admitted that she loved being pregnant with Luna and is not scared of adding to her brood, though adoption or foster care are not out of the question.
“I would definitely adopt or have foster children,” she told the magazine. “But I loved being pregnant. Maybe I should be scared [of having PPD again], but I don’t know. It couldn’t be any worse than it was – could it?”
Having another baby after postnatal depression
It’s lovely to hear that Chrissy is not going to let her previous experience hold her back from her dream of having more children. After all, having postnatal depression once does not necessarily mean you will have it again, though the risk factors are higher for previous sufferers, to be sure. With the right support, having another baby after PND is absolutely possible and successfully achieved by many women.
It is also heartening to see more women, celebrities like Chrissy and Sarah Michelle Gellar and us ‘regular’ women alike, sharing their post natal depression journeys. Raising awareness is key to helping other mums feel like they, too, can reach out for help. It helps raise awareness of great services like PANDA and Beyond Blue, who are ready to help. Most importantly, it reminds us that we are not alone.
Did you struggle with the idea of having another child after a battle with postnatal depression?
If you or someone you know is showing symptoms of PND – please don’t be afraid to reach out. PANDA are available online and on the phone 10am-5pm AEST.