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Why Chrissy Teigen’s IVF baby announcement is so refreshing

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Chrissy Teigen has never had much time for people ignorant of the struggles some face to start a family.

In fact, her willingness to be open about the heartbreak of having tried to conceive for nine years with husband John Legend has been celebrated for bringing the often-hidden pain of infertility to the fore.

Which is why it’s not surprising – and no doubt of comfort to many – that Teigen has decided to be upfront about the fact they’ll be trying for baby number two in the “coming months”.

Their first child, Luna, was born in 2016, and was conceived using IVF. As Teigen explains in an interview with Instyle, the couple initially ended up with 20 embryos, before further checks resulted in three.


Read more: Chrissy Teigen: we need to stop assuming all women want children


“The first little girl didn’t work, and then the second is Luna,” Teigen said.

And the third, as she’s revealed previously, is a boy. InStyle reports: “The third is the one they will transfer to her womb in the coming months.”

In 2015, Teigen explicitly addressed the problem with people asking friends, family and perfect strangers when they’re going to have a child.

“It's crazy because I can't imagine being that nosy to be like ‘So, when are the kids coming?’ because who knows what somebody is going through. Who knows if somebody is struggling to have children?” she said.

“So, anytime somebody asks me if I'm going to have kids, I'm like, ‘One day, you’re going to ask that to the wrong girl who's really struggling and it's going to be really hurtful to them’. And I hate that. I hate it. Stop asking me.”

She’s also shut down various Twitter trolls in the past who questioned whether she’d “give it a minute to try naturally” and mistakenly thought she’d actively chosen the sex of her next baby.

From celebrating her stretchmarks to opening up a dialogue about her battle with depression and anxiety, Teigen has often addressed personal subjects that don’t usually get a spotlight, especially from picture-perfect celebrities.


Read more: The most useful things to say to a friend going through miscarriage


She’s previously spoken about experiencing postnatal depression after Luna was born, a topic which she discussed again in the interview, revealing she’d struggled to identify it at first.

“I thought I was just being a selfish asshole,” Teigen said.

But after days of not being able to move, a doctor made the diagnosis which resulted in her being prescribed medication.

Penning an essay about her experiences for Glamour earlier this year, Teigen began by saying: “To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet.”

She then went on to describe her wonderful relationship with Legend, her successful career and her joy at welcoming “perfect” daughter, Luna in April 2016.


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“I had everything I needed to be happy,” continued Teigen. “And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy.”

“I was different than before,” she explained. “Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my ­shoulders – even my wrists – hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me. One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people… [but] I blamed it on being tired.”

Teigen now says she still doesn’t feel the same as before, telling Instyle: “I have really good days and really bad days, and I don’t tend to talk about the really bad days.

“But I would hate for people to think those days didn’t exist.”

Once again, we salute you Teigen.

Images: Rex Features / Instagram

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