Teigen and her husband, Grammy and Oscar winning singer, John Legend, gave birth to their daughter, Luna, in April of 2016. According to Teigen, she got a diagnosis of postpartum depression before the holidays. One in seven women in the United States of America suffer from depression and anxiety after giving birth per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
"Before this, I had never, ever -- in my whole entire life -- had one person say to me: 'I have postpartum depression,' " wrote Teigen in an essay published in Glamour magazine.
Teigen, who has never shied away from sharing with her over four million Twitter followers, said she associated postpartum depression with people who felt like they had to harm their children or didn't like their babies. She cited Susan Smith, a South Carolina mother who was convicted of drowning her two young sons in 1995. It never crossed her mind that she could be suffering from the same thing as Smith.
"I didn't have anything remotely close to those feelings. I looked at Luna every day, amazed by her. So I didn't think I had it," wrote Teigen. "I couldn't figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: 'Maybe I'm just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I'm just supposed to be a mom.' "