Aches and Pains

Teigen explained in her essay that she suffered from pain in her back,
shoulders, and even her wrists. Seemingly inexplicable physical pain
can be a symptom of both depression and anxiety. Teigen was even
hospitalized for the extreme pain, and for a while, she wondered if
she’d ever feel better. She lost her appetite, felt nauseous, and found
herself feeling unexpectedly cranky and upset with people. Teigen went
back to work as a host of Lip Sync Battle four months after giving birth,
but when she wasn’t logging work hours, she could be found at home.
She struggled to leave her house or even her couch some days. Teigen
also experienced what she referred to as “spontaneous crying.”  
When Teigen finally received a diagnosis from her doctor with Legend
by her side, she felt a sense of hope. “I remember being so exhausted
but happy to know that we could finally get on the path of getting better,”
Teigen wrote.

Shattering the stigma

Teigen revealed that before she was diagnosed, she had never heard any
woman say aloud that they were experiencing postpartum depression.
Because the condition is rarely talked about, women who are living with it
often feel isolated in their pain. They may also assume they don’t have it
because the nature of PPD was never fully explained to them. Many women
associate PPD with negative stereotypes and don’t realize that PPD can take
many other forms. The reality is that it can happen to any woman.
Teigen began taking antidepressants and plans to begin therapy soon. She
decided to come forward about her experience, despite fears that her situation
would be blown out of proportion by the press, because she wanted her story
to be of help to other women.
“[Postpartum depression] is such a major part of my life and so, so many other
women’s lives,” she wrote in Glamour. “I’m speaking up now because I want
people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it
to feel embarrassed or alone.” Teigen is now part of a bold group female
celebrities, like Hayden Panettiere and Brooke Shields, who have shared their
experiences with the condition to raise awareness.

Don’t suffer in silence

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in nine women
experiences postpartum depression. Experts believe it may be caused by changes
in a woman’s hormones after she gives birth. Other factors may include the lack of
sleep that comes with raising a newborn. Not to mention the changes in work and
home routines that a new baby can bring. If you have a new baby at home and you’re
feeling sad, hopeless, and devoid of energy, there’s a chance you’re suffering from
PPD. You may also be experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns, unexpected
tears, guilt, and physical pain. Things may be hard right now, but there is always
hope—and there’s absolutely no shame in experiencing these feelings.

Open up to your loved ones so they can provide a strong support system. Let your
doctor know what you’re feeling as well, so they can refer you to the best treatment 
that can get you on the road to feeling better.