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Chrissy Teigen Opens Up On Depression, Struggles With Conception On InStyle Cover

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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Chrissy Teigen has always been a smart mouth, if her Twitter experience is anything to go by.

Covering the latest edition of InStyle magazine, though, interviewer Sarah Cristobal confirms that “Teigen serves up ample evidence that her trademark openness comes naturally.”

The star opens up on her struggles with postpartum depression, and conception issues, noting that she and her husband, award winning singer, John Legend are trying to have another baby.

Since her début in 2010 as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, she has turned herself into not just an Internet sensation but also a food guru and TV co-host—she’s currently on Lip Sync Battle alongside LL Cool J—with an assortment of fashion and beauty gigs on the side. Most recently these include a buzzy makeup collaboration with Becca Cosmetics for the brand’s Glow Face Palette—containing blush, highlighter, and bronzer shades Teigen selected—as well as a Revolve clothing collection with instruction labels featuring irreverent one-liners like “pls send nudes,” as well as partnerships with Smirnoff vodka and McDonald’s.

On her twitter clapbacks, the star said: “it stops people from coming at me. If you share everything and make fun of yourself, then other people won’t make the joke, because you’ve already made it.”

She admits that she is lucky to have John Legend in her life as “He is insanely patient and such a dork, and he loves seeing me happy, even if that means watching The Real Housewives of Dallas with me for two and a half hours.”

The pair have been open about their struggles to conceive and their plans to use IVF to have more children. Teigen tells me she now wishes she had extracted more eggs during her round of fertility treatments a few years ago. She and Legend started with about 20 embryos, and after checking for imperfections and narrowing them down to the ones that “you know are going to be good for your body,” they were left with three. “The first little girl didn’t work, and then the second is Luna,” she says. The third is the one they will transfer to her womb in the coming months.

One of the rare pieces of news that Teigen initially kept to herself was her battle with postpartum depression. At first she didn’t fully understand the condition and didn’t think she had a right to experience it, let alone discuss it, given that Luna was healthy and happy and their circumstances were as privileged as could be.
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“I thought I was just being a selfish a—hole,” Teigen says. But when it reached the point that she was spending her days on the sofa with the curtains closed, rubbing her painful joints, a doctor finally made the diagnosis.

“It wasn’t just a mental thing of, you know, ‘I’m sad,’ ” she says. “I actually couldn’t move.” After she figured out the right type and dosage of medication, things got much better, but Teigen still feels different from how she did before pregnancy, and she’s prepared to feel worse again if she has another baby. “I have really good days and really bad days, and I don’t tend to talk about the really bad days,” she says. “But I would hate for people to think those days didn’t exist.”

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Read full interview on InStyle Magazine.

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